Narrative Lectionary Year 2 (Mark) 2015-16
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Garden of Eden
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
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
Jacob Wrestles God
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
God’s passionate love for his children despite their disobedience.
(Mark 10:13-14, Let the children come)
Christ the King Sunday
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
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
Isaiah of the Exile
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
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
Luke 1:5-13 (57-80)
John the Baptist’s birth; Blessed be the God of Israel who has looked favorably on his people
Birth of Jesus
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
PsalmImmersion also suggests "Holy Is This One" to support the theme.
or Matthew 2:1-12, The Magi
First Sunday of Christmas
Beginning of Good News
John the Baptist, Jesus announces the kingdom, calls the disciples
Second Sunday of Christmas
Jesus' Ministry Begins
Jesus reveals the character of his power by healing a man with an unclean spirit, Peter’s mother-in-law, and a leper.
First Sunday after Epiphany
Jesus Heals and Teaches
Jesus heals a paralytic and eats with tax collectors
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Parables of sower and mustard seed
Third Sunday after Epiphany
Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the flow of blood
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Death of John the Baptizer
Jesus rejected at Nazareth, Sending of the Twelve
Peter’s confession, passion prediction, bearing the cross, Transfiguration
Passion prediction, debate about who is the greatest, call to become a servant
PsalmImmersion also suggests Psalm 90 to support this theme.
First Sunday in Lent
Last and First
Rich man called to sell all he has and follow Jesus
Second Sunday in Lent
Passion prediction, Son of man came not to be served but to serve.
PsalmImmersion also suggests "O Tender God, Have Mercy" to support this theme.
Third Sunday in Lent
Parable of the Tenants
and/or Mark 12:13-17, Paying taxes to Caesar
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Scribes seek honor, a poor widow gives all she has.
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Mark 13:1-8, 24-37
The end of the age, Call to be watchful
Mark 11:1-11- Triumphal entry
Mark 14:3-9- Woman anoints Jesus at Bethany
Words of Institution, Peter’s denial foretold, prayer in Gethsemane
Psalm 22.1-2, 14-21 My God, my God why have you forsaken me
Resurrection, empty tomb, and fleeing in fear
Second Sunday of Easter
You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
Third Sunday of Easter
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
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
Founding the church at Corinth
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Factions in the church and the Word of the cross
Sixth Sunday of Easter
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love
Seventh Sunday of Easter
1 Corinthians 15:1-26
Jesus’ resurrection and the future resurrection; death as the last enemy
Day of Pentecost
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
Faith as the principal work of the Spirit; other gifts of the Spirit for the common good