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Narrative Lectionary Year 4 (John) 2013-14



Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Genesis 1:1—2:4a Creation by the word; light, life; it was good.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, all things were made through him


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Binding of Isaac

Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 God keeps his word to give Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. Abraham is told to sacrifice his beloved son, but God provides the lamb

John 1:29 Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jacob's Dream

Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 Jacob obtains a blessing by trickery and flees. He dreams of a ladder on which the angels ascend and descend. Receives God’s promise

John 1:50-51 Angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

God's Name

Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17 God reveals that his name is “I Am.” Moses is a reluctant messenger, but God uses him to deliver Israel.

John 8:58 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am”


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


Exodus 16:1-18 People complain and God provides manna. To live by manna is to live by faith in what God gives

John 6:51 Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven; the bread he gives is his flesh


Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Call of Samuel

1 Samuel 3:1-21 God calls Samuel in the night. He says, Speak Lord for your servant is listening. Told to warn of sin in Israel

John 20:21-23 As the Father sent me so I send you; if you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any they are retained


Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Call of David

1 Samuel 16:1-13;

Psalm 51:10-14 God does not look on outward appearance but on the heart; create in me a clean heart

John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances but judge with right judgment


Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Reformation Sunday

Solomon's Temple

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 Solomon’s temple – a place of sacrifice and divine presence

John 2:19-21 Destroy the temple and I will raise it in three days; he spoke of the temple of his body


Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints Sunday

Still, Small Voice

1 Kings 19:1-18 Elijah at Horeb; The prophet in despair, God speaks in the silence

John 12:27-28 Jesus is troubled; What shall I say, Father save me from this hour? No, for this reason I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name


Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24 Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream

John 7:37-38 Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water


Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost 


Isaiah 9:1-7 People who walked in darkness have seen a great light

John 8:12 I am the light of the world


Christ the King Sunday


Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14 Seek the welfare of the city; I know the plans I have for you

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid


First Sunday of Advent

Fiery Furnace

Daniel 3:1, 8-30 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; God present in the fiery furnace

John 18:36-37 Jesus tells Pilate that his kingdom is not from this world. He came to bear witness to the truth


Second Sunday of Advent

Valley of Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel prophesies to the dry bones and they are raised to new life

John 11:25-26 Jesus is the resurrection and the life


Third Sunday of Advent

Return from Exile

Isaiah 55:1-11 Let anyone who is thirsty come to the waters; God’s word will not return empty

John 4:13-14 Jesus promises the gift of living water to those who thirst


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Word Made Flesh

John 1:1-18 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth

Psalm 130:5-8


Christmas Eve

Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-14 (or 2:1-20) Birth of Jesus

Psalm 96:7-10


Christmas Day


Matthew 2:1-12 (or Luke 2:8-20, the shepherds) The Magi visit the Christ child

Psalm 102:13-15


First Sunday of Christmas 

A Voice in the Wilderness

John 1:19-34 John the Baptist questioned; says he is not the Christ, Elijah, or the prophet but a voice in the wilderness

Psalm 32:1-2


Second Sunday of Christmas

John Baptizes

John 1:35-51 Behold the Lamb of God, Call of disciples, “Come and see”

Psalm 66:1-5


First Sunday after Epiphany 

Wedding at Cana

John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana, water into wine

Psalm 104:14-16


Second Sunday after Epiphany 

Cleansing the Temple

John 2:13-25 Jesus cleanses the temple, signifying the destruction and raising of the temple of his body

Psalm 127:1-2


Third Sunday after Epiphany 


John 3:1-21 Jesus and Nicodemus, being born anew, God’s love for the world

Psalm 139:13-18


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Woman at the Well

John 4:1-42 Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at well, speaks of living water, true worship, and the fields white for harvest

Psalm 42:1-3


Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Healing Stories

John 4:46-54 Healing official’s son, faith in the word of promise and/or John 5:1-18 The invalid at Bethesda, Jesus heals one who shows no faith

Psalm 40:1-5


Sixth Sunday after Epiphany 

Bread of Life

John 6:35-59 The Bread of Life that comes from heaven

Psalm 34:1-10


Seventh Sunday after Epiphany 

Living Water

John 7:37-52 Jesus’ promise of the Spirit’s living water

Psalm 147:1-11



Light of the World

John 9:1-41 Jesus is the light of the world – brings light to the eyes of a man born blind

Psalm 27:1-4


Ash Wednesday

Good Shepherd

John 10:1-18 Jesus the gate and good shepherd, who lays down his life

Psalm 23


First Sunday in Lent

Raising Lazarus

John 11:1-44 Raising Lazarus, Jesus as the resurrection and life

Psalm 104:27-30


Second Sunday in Lent


John 13:1-17 Footwashing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example

Psalm 51:7-12


Third Sunday in Lent 

Peter's Denial

John 18:12-27 Trial before Annas, Peter’s denial

Psalm 17:1-7


Fourth Sunday in Lent

Jesus and Pilate

John 18:28-40 Jesus and Pilate, kingdom not from this world

Psalm 145:10-13


Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jesus Condemned

John 19:1-16a Jesus is condemned, they have no king but Caesar

Psalm 146


Palm Sunday 

King, Crucified

John 12:12-27 Palm Sunday welcome for the king and

John 19:16b-22 Sign above the cross proclaims the crucified king

Psalm 24


Maundy Thursday

Jesus' Last Words

John 19:23-30 Woman, behold your son; I thirst; It is finished

Psalm 26:3


Good Friday 

Passover Lamb

John 19:31-42 His bones are not broken (as Passover Lamb), water from the side, a royal burial

Psalm 31:9-18




John 20:1-18 Resurrection, empty tomb, calls Mary by name

Psalm 118:21-29


Second Sunday of Easter


John 20:19-31 Giving of Spirit, appearance to Thomas

Psalm 145:13-21


Third Sunday of Easter

Called into Christ's Service

Acts 9:1-19 Paul and Ananias, each called into Christ’s service (locally and globally)

Matt 6:24


Fourth Sunday of Easter 

Paul and Silas

Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in prison at Philippi, jailor and his family are baptized

Luke 6:18-19, 22-23


Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sermon at Athens

Acts 17:16-31 Paul’s sermon at Athens: What you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you

John 1:16-18


Sixth Sunday of Easter

Partnership in the Gospel

Philippians 1:1-18a Paul in prison, thankful for the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel

Luke 9:46-48


Seventh Sunday of Easter

Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:1-13 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who became obedient to death

uke 6:43-45



Acts 2:1-21 Gift of the Spirit as miracle of communication (optional additional reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. The peace of God).

John 14:16-17


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