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Narrative Lectionary Year 3 (Luke) 2012-2013




Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 9

Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8

Creation, Garden of Eden, fall into sin

(Luke 11:4, forgive our sins, save us from the time of trial)


Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 16

Genesis 15:1-6

God promises Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars. Abraham believed the Lord and it was reckoned to him as righteousness

(Luke 3:8, People are to bear the fruit of repentance, for God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones)


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 23

Genesis 37:3-8, 26-34; 50:15-21

Joseph’s dreams lead to family conflict and he is sold into slavery. Yet in the end Joseph forgives. Behind the scenes God works for good.

(Luke 6:35, Love your enemies and you will be children of God, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked)


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 30

Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8

Passover: the blood of the lamb and unleavened bread signify God’s sacrifice of the lamb God’s deliverance

(Luke 22:14-20, Jesus’ words at Passover, bread and cup are his body and blood)Narrative Lectionary 2012-2013


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 7

Exodus 32:1-14

Golden calf shows unfaithfulness at the foot of Mount Sinai. Moses intercedes and God forgives.

(Luke 23:34, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”)


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 14

1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10

Samuel’s birth as God’s answer to Hannah’s prayer. She sings of God’s care for the needy.

(Luke 1:47-55, Mary’s magnificat echoes Hannah’s song)


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

October 21

2 Samuel 7:1-17

God’s promise to David concerning his heir, who will be God’s Son and whose kingdom will endure forever

(Luke 1:30-33, The angel tells Mary that she will bear the one who will receive the throne of his ancestor David)


Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

October 28

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30, 41-43

Solomon fulfills the promise to David and builds the temple. It is a place of prayer for all nations

(Luke 19:45-46, Jesus says the temple is to be a house of prayer; he cleanses it)


Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

November 4

1 Kings 17:1-16 (or 17:1-24)

Elijah and the widow; God’s care for those on the margin

(Luke 4:24-26, Jesus’ sermon about Elijah and the widow: God’s mercy to an outsider)


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

November 11

Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 (4:1-11)

Jonah’s attempted escape from God, God’s mercy on the repentant at Nineveh

(Luke 18:3, Lord be merciful to me, a sinner)


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

November 18

Isaiah 6:1-8

Call of Isaiah: Holy, holy, holy is God; the prophet’s sin, cleansing, and sending

(Luke 5:8-10, Peter says depart from me for I am a sinful man; Jesus says Peter will be catching people)


Christ the King Sunday

November 25

Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34

Jeremiah’s words are written on a scroll. He calls for repentance, but the king burns the scroll and Jeremiah must produce another. His message promises a new covenant.

(Luke 22:19-20, At the last supper: This cup is the new covenant in Jesus’ blood)


First Sunday of Advent

December 2

Daniel 6:6-27

Daniel in the lions’ den; deliverance; hope for God’s kingdom which shall never be destroyed

(Luke 23:1-5, False charges against Jesus. Pilate says Jesus is innocent, but the charges lead to condemnation)


Second Sunday of Advent

December 9

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29

Turning to a merciful God, promise of the Spirit

(Luke 11:13, God’s gift of the Spirit to people)


Third Sunday of Advent

December 16

Isaiah 61:1-11

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to bring good news to the oppressed, liberty to the captives, to make an everlasting covenant

(Luke 4:16-21, Jesus’ sermon at Nazareth: Isaiah 61 is fulfilled in him)


Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23

Luke 1:26-49

Announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary; he will receive the throne of David and be Son of God

(Psalm 113 or 113:9)


Christmas Eve

December 24

Luke 2:1-14 (or 2:1-20)

Birth of Jesus

(Psalm 96 or 96:3)


Christmas Day

December 25

Luke 2:8-20

Shepherds visit the infant Jesus or Matt 2:1-12, The Magi (Psalm 123:1-2 or 123:2)


First Sunday of Christmas

December 30

Luke 2:21-38

Simeon and Anna, Lord now you let your servant depart in peace, my eyes have seen your salvation

(Psalm 131 or 131:3)



January 6

Luke 3:1-22

John baptizes, bear fruit worthy of repentance, share what you have

(Psalm 51:6-17 or 51:13)


Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 13

Luke 4:14-30

Sermon at Nazareth (Isaiah fulfilled, Elijah and widow, Elisha and Naaman)

(Psalm 146 or 146:7b-8)


Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 20

Luke 5:1-11

Great catch of fish, Peter will fish for people (option: 5:12-16, Healing a leper)

(Psalm 90:14-17 or 90:17b)


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

January 27

Luke 6:1-16

Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath (plucking grain, healing a man) and call of disciples

(Psalm 92 or 92:4)


Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 3

Luke 7:1-17

Healing the centurion's slave by a word and raising the widow's son at Nain

(Psalm 119:105-107 or 119:107)



February 10

Luke 9:28-45

Transfiguration, healing a boy with a demon, passion prediction

(Psalm 36:5-10 or 36:9)


Ash Wednesday

February 13

Luke 9:51-62

Jesus starts for Jerusalem, rejected in Samaria, Don’t put your hand to the plow and turn back (the challenge of following Jesus)

(Psalm 5:7-8 or 5:8)


First Sunday in Lent

February 17

Luke 10:25-42

Parable of the Good Samaritan

(Psalm 15 or 15:1)


Second Sunday in Lent

February 24

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

The tower in Siloam and need for repentance, parable of fig tree that bore no fruit, lament over Jerusalem

(Psalm 122 or 122:6)


Third Sunday in Lent

March 3

Luke 15:1-32

Parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, Prodigal Son

(Psalm 119:167-176 or 119:176)


Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 10

Luke 16:19-31

Parable of the rich man and Lazarus

(Psalm 41:1-3 or 41:1)


Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 17

Luke 18:31-19:10

Healing a blind man, meeting Zacchaeus. Jesus came to seek and save the lost

(Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12 or 84:10)


Palm Sunday

March 24

Luke 19:29-44

Triumphal entry, weeping over the city because it does not know what makes for peace

(Psalm 118:19-23 or 118:20)


Maundy Thursday

March 28

Luke 22:1-27

Preparation for the Last Supper, Words of Institution, Jesus is one who serves

(Psalm 34:8-10 or 34:8)


Good Friday

March 29

Luke 23:32-47

Crucifixion, Father forgive them, Today in Paradise, Into your hands I commend my Spirit

(Psalm 31:5-13 or 31:5a)



March 31

Luke 24:1-16

Empty tomb, women perplexed, bring the message.

(Psalm 118:17, 21-24 or 118:22)


Second Sunday of Easter

April 7

Luke 24:13-35

Emmaus road, “Our hearts burned along the road, as he opened to us the Scriptures”

(Psalm 30 or 30:11)


Third Sunday of Easter

April 14

Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60

Controversy in the early church; some set aside for service. Stephen forgives and is martyred.

(Luke 23:33-34a, 46; Jesus said “Father forgive them” and “Into your hands I commit my spirit”)


Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 21

Acts 8:26-39

Ethiopian reads the Scriptures, comes to believe

(Luke 24:44-47, Jesus opened the Scriptures; forgiveness to be preached to all nations)


Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 28

Acts 15:1-17

Council at Jerusalem, Faith gives identity to both Jews and Gentiles

(Luke 2:29-32, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and the glory of God's people Israel)


Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 5

Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21

Paul’s former life Conflict with Peter at Antioch Justification by faith, living by faith

(Luke 18:9-14, the tax collector who desires mercy is justified)



Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 12

Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

Neither Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; one in Christ

(Luke 1:68-73, God keeping his promise to Abraham)




May 19

Acts 2:1- 4; Galatians 4:1-7

Pentecost; God pours the Spirit into our hearts so we can call on God as Father.

and/or Galatians 5:16-26 Fruit of the Spirit

(Luke 11:11-13, God gives the Holy Spirit to his children)


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