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Narrative Lectionary Year 2 (Mark) 2015-16



Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 13

Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:4b-25

Human beings to till the garden; human companionship

(Mark 1:16-20, Call of the first disciples linking creation and vocation

or Mark 10:6-8, God created them male and female)


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 20

Isaac Born to Sarah

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

The promise of Isaac’s birth to an aged Sarah and Abraham brings laughter

(Mark 10:27, For mortals it is impossible, but not for God all things are possible)


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 27

Jacob Wrestles God

Genesis 32:22-30

Jacob wrestles with an angel, receiving the name Israel.

(Mark 14:32-36, Jesus struggles in Gethsemane, asks that God’s will be done)


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 4

Moses and God's Name

Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-10

Israel is in slavery and calls for help. God calls Moses to bring release

(Mark 12:26-27a, At the burning bush God said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”; he is God of the living)


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 11


Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-6

Ten Commandments Love the LORD your God with all your heart and soul and mind

(Mark 12:28-31; Love for God is the great commandment)

PsalmImmersion suggests Psalm 15 to support the theme.


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

October 18


Ruth 1:1-17

Ruth is a foreigner who finds belonging among God’s people.

(Mark 3:33-35, Those who do the will of God are Jesus’ mother and brothers and sisters)


Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

October 25

David Anointed King

2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150

David becomes king over all Israel, brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem.

(Mark 11:8-10, People welcome Jesus to Jerusalem; Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord)


Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

November 1

Kingdom Divided

1 Kings 12:1-17

Rehoboam and the need for servant leadership.

(Mark 10:42-45, Kings of the gentiles lord it over them, but Jesus comes as a servant)


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

November 8

Elijah at Mount Carmel

1 Kings 18:20-39

Elijah calls fire from heaven on Mount Carmel to reveal God’s presence

(Mark 9:2-4, Elijah stands with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration)

PsalmImmersion suggests "Holy Is This One" to support the theme.


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

November 15


Hosea 11:1-9

God’s passionate love for his children despite their disobedience.

(Mark 10:13-14, Let the children come)


Christ the King Sunday

November 22

Isaiah's Vineyard Song

Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5

God looks for the fruit of righteousness but finds only injustice.

(Mark 12:1-3, the wicked tenants of the vineyard)


First Sunday of Advent

November 29

Josiah's Reform

2 Kings 22:1-10; 23:1-3

Reform and renewal.

(Luke 24:30-32, Our hearts burned within us as he walked with us on the road, as he opened to us the Scriptures)


Second Sunday of Advent

December 6

Isaiah of the Exile

Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, a voice cries out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord

(Mark 1:1-4, John the Baptizer)


Third Sunday of Advent

December 13

Rebuilding the Temple

Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13

Return from exile.

(Luke 2:25-27, Simeon is guided by the Spirit to the temple, where he sees the infant Jesus)


Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 20

Zechariah's Song

Luke 1:5-13 (57-80)

John the Baptist’s birth; Blessed be the God of Israel who has looked favorably on his people

Psalm 113


Christmas Eve

December 24

Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Psalm 146.5-10

PsalmImmersion also suggests "Holy Is This One" to support the theme.


Christmas Day

December 25

Shepherds visit.

Luke 2:8-20

or Matthew 2:1-12, The Magi

Psalm 108.1-4


First Sunday of Christmas

December 27

Beginning of Good News

Mark 1:1-20

John the Baptist, Jesus announces the kingdom, calls the disciples

Psalm 91.9-12


Second Sunday of Christmas

January 3

Jesus' Ministry Begins

Mark 1:21-45

Jesus reveals the character of his power by healing a man with an unclean spirit, Peter’s mother-in-law, and a leper.

Psalm 103.1-5


First Sunday after Epiphany

January 10

Jesus Heals and Teaches

Mark 2:1-22

Jesus heals a paralytic and eats with tax collectors

Psalm 103.6-14


Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 17


Mark 4:1-34

Parables of sower and mustard seed

Psalm 126


Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 24


Mark 5:21-43

Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the flow of blood

Psalm 131


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

January 31

Death of John the Baptizer

Mark 6:1-29

Jesus rejected at Nazareth, Sending of the Twelve

Psalm 122



February 7

Mark 8:27--9:8

Peter’s confession, passion prediction, bearing the cross, Transfiguration

Psalm 27.1-4


Ash Wednesday

February 10

Mark 9:30-37

Passion prediction, debate about who is the greatest, call to become a servant

Psalm 32.1-5

PsalmImmersion also suggests Psalm 90 to support this theme.


First Sunday in Lent

February 14

Last and First

Mark 10:17-31

Rich man called to sell all he has and follow Jesus

Psalm 19.7-10


Second Sunday in Lent

February 21

Bartimaeus Healed

Mark 10:32-52

Passion prediction, Son of man came not to be served but to serve.

Psalm 34.11-14

PsalmImmersion also suggests "O Tender God, Have Mercy" to support this theme.



Third Sunday in Lent

February 28

Mark 12:1-12

Parable of the Tenants

and/or Mark 12:13-17, Paying taxes to Caesar

Psalm 86.8-13


Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 6

Greatest Commandments

Mark 12:28-44

Scribes seek honor, a poor widow gives all she has.

Psalm 89.1-4


Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 13

Mark 13:1-8, 24-37

The end of the age, Call to be watchful

Psalm 102.12-17


Palm Sunday

March 20

Mark 11:1-11- Triumphal entry

Mark 14:3-9- Woman anoints Jesus at Bethany

Psalm 118.25-29


Maundy Thursday

March 24

Mark 14:22-42

Words of Institution, Peter’s denial foretold, prayer in Gethsemane

Psalm 116.12-19


Good Friday

March 25


Mark 15:16-39

Psalm 22.1-2, 14-21 My God, my God why have you forsaken me


Easter Sunday

March 27

Mark 16:1-8

Resurrection, empty tomb, and fleeing in fear

Psalm 118.21-27


Second Sunday of Easter

April 3

Acts 1:1-14

You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth


Third Sunday of Easter

April 10

Acts 3:1-10

Healing at the Beautiful Gate, I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus rise and walk


Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17

Acts 17:1-9

Founding church at Thessalonica, social conflict there

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul’s message of thanks to the church at Thessalonica


Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 24

Acts 18:1-4

Founding the church at Corinth

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Factions in the church and the Word of the cross


Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 1

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love


Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 8

1 Corinthians 15:1-26

Jesus’ resurrection and the future resurrection; death as the last enemy


Day of Pentecost

May 15

Acts 2:1-4


1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Faith as the principal work of the Spirit; other gifts of the Spirit for the common good


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