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Year A (2019-2020):  
December — January  — February  — March  — April  — May  — June  — July  — August  — September  — 
October  — November 

Note: “Inspired Version” (IV) Bible verse numbers are noted where they differ; bold indicates scripture(s) to which the theme is most closely tied. Parentheses indicate verses that may be omitted from readings.

Scriptures and Themes - Year A (2019-2020)

DECEMBER

December 01, 2019—Matthew 24:36-44/24:43-51 IV—Wait in Hope
First Sunday of Advent (HOPE)
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14

December 08, 2019—Isaiah 11:1-10—Live in Peace
Second Sunday of Advent (PEACE)
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12/3:27-40 IV

December 15, 2019—Isaiah 35:1-10—Walk in Joy 
Third Sunday of Advent  (JOY) 
Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

December 22, 2019—Isaiah 7:10-16—The Promise of Love
Fourth Sunday of Advent  (LOVE)
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25/2:1-8 IV

December 25, 2019—Luke 2:1-20 (A,B,C)—Come to Bethlehem
Christmas Day
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14

December 29, 2019—Matthew 2:13-23/3:13-23 IV—Seek Refuge
First Sunday after Christmas Day
Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18

JANUARY

January 05, 2020—John 1:1-18/1:1-19 IV (A,B,C)—Light Shines in the Darkness
Second Sunday after Christmas Day
Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14

January 06, 2020—Matthew 2:1-12/3:1-12 IV (A,B,C)—Led By a Star
Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12

January 12, 2020—Matthew 3:13-17/3:41-46—Of Water and Spirit
First Sunday after the Epiphany
Baptism of the Lord 
(Ordinary Time)
Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43

January 19, 2020—Isaiah 49:1-7—A Light to the Nations
Second Sunday after the Epiphany 
(Ordinary Time)
Racial Justice Day
Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

January 26, 2020—Isaiah 9:1-4—Face the Darkness
Third Sunday after the Epiphany 
(Ordinary Time)
Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

FEBRUARY

February 02, 2020—Micah 6:1-8—What Does the Lord Require?
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany  
(Ordinary Time)
Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12/5:1-14 IV

February 09, 2020—Isaiah 58:1-12—Shine Light on Injustice
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 
(Ordinary Time) 
Youth Ministries Day
Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20/5:15-22 IV

February 16, 2020—Deuteronomy 30:15-20—Turn Your Heart Toward God
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany 
(Ordinary Time, Proper 1)
Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

February 23, 2020—Matthew 17:1-9/17:1-8 IV, Transformed!
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Transfiguration Sunday
Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21

February 26, 2020—Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (A,B,C)—Return to God
Ash Wednesday
Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21/6:1-6, 17-21 IV

MARCH

March 01, 2020—Matthew 4:1-11—Strength in Vulnerability
First Sunday in Lent
World Hunger Emphasis
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7/2:18-22, 3:6-12 IV; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19

March 08, 2020—John 3:1-17—Be Open to God's Kingdom
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12:1-4a/12:1-3 IV; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

March 15, 2020—Exodus 17:1-7—Is the Lord Among Us?
Third Sunday in Lent 
Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42/4:7-44 IV

March 22, 2020—1 Samuel 16:1-13—Examine Our Hearts
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

March 29, 2020—Ezekiel 37:1-14—Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

APRIL

April 05, 2020—Matthew 21:1-11/21:1-9 IV—Enter with Jesus 
Palm Sunday, 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (A,B,C)

April 05, 2020—Matthew 26:14—27:66/26:11—27:67 IV—Jesus, King of the Jews
Passion Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11

April 09, 2020—John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (A,B,C)—A Blessed Meal
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-14 same as Ordinary Time (Proper 18); Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

April 10, 2020—John 18:1—19:42 (A,B,C)—Testify to the Truth
Good Friday
Isaiah 52: 13—53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25

April 12, 2020—Matthew 28:1-10/28:1-9 IV and John 20:1-18 (A,B,C)—Christ Is Risen!
Easter Day
Resurrection of the Lord 
Acts 10:34-43; Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4

April 19, 2020—John 20:19-31 (A,B,C)—Do Not Doubt but Believe
Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9

April 26, 2020—Luke 24:13-35—Will You Recognize Him?
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23

MAY

May 03, 2020—Psalm 23—The Lord Is My Shepherd
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

May 10, 2020—Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16—God Is Our Refuge
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

May 17, 2020—John 14:15-21—God Within
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22

May 24, 2020—Luke 24:44-53 (A,B,C)—Receive Blessing
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Ascension of the Lord
Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23

May 31, 2020—John 7:37-39 and Acts 2:1-21 (A,B,C)—Unity through Spirit
Day of Pentecost/Endowment Sunday
Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

JUNE

June 07, 2020—Genesis 1:1—2:4a/1:3-24 IV—Sacredness of Creation
First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday 
Ordinary Time
Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

June 14, 2020—Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7—Welcome Strangers
Ordinary Time (Proper 6)
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35—10:8-23/9:41—10:20 IV

June 21, 2020—Matthew 10:24-39/10:21-34 IV—Discipleship and the Cross
Ordinary Time (Proper 7)
Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Romans 6:1b-11

June 28, 2020—Matthew 10:40-42/10:35-38 IV—Practice Radical Hospitality
Ordinary Time (Proper 8)
Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23

JULY

July 05, 2020—Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30/11:17-21, 27-30 IV—Rest in Jesus
Ordinary Time (Proper 9)
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a

July 12, 2020—Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23/13:1-7, 17-21—Hear the Word
Ordinary Time (Proper 10)
Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11

July 19, 2020—Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43/13:22-29, 35-45—Shine Like the Sun
Ordinary Time (Proper 11)
Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25

July 26, 2020—Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52/13:30-32, 46-53 IV—Understand the Kingdom of Heaven
Ordinary Time (Proper 12)
Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39

AUGUST

August 02, 2020—Genesis 32:22-31—Embrace the Struggle
Ordinary Time (Proper 13)
Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21/14:12-18 IV

August 09, 2020—Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28—God, Where Are You?
Ordinary Time (Proper 14)
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33/14:19-28 IV

August 16, 2020—Genesis 45:1-15—Generous Reconciliation
Ordinary Time (Proper 15)
Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28/15:9-27 IV

August 23, 2020—Exodus 1:8—2:10—Act with Courage
Ordinary Time (Proper 16)
Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20/16:14-21 IV

August 30, 2020—Exodus 3:1-15—Called by God
Ordinary Time (Proper 17)
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28/16:22-31 IV

SEPTEMBER

September 06, 2020—Exodus 12:1-14—A Day of Remembrance
Ordinary Time (Proper 18)                                            
World Hunger Emphasis 
Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

September 13, 2020—Exodus 14:19-31—The Exodus Journey
Ordinary Time (Proper 19)
Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35/18:21-34 IV

September 20, 2020—Exodus 16:2-15—Fed by God
Ordinary Time (Proper 20)
Heritage Day
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16/20:1-15 IV

September 27, 2020—Exodus 17:1-7—Thirst for the Lord
Ordinary Time (Proper 21)
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32/21:21-32 IV

OCTOBER

October 04, 2020—Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20—Make Responsible Choices
Ordinary Time (Proper 22)
Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46/21:35-49 IV

October 11, 2020—Exodus 32:1-14—Confess our Impatience
Ordinary Time (Proper 23)
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

October 18, 2020—Matthew 22:15-22—We Belong to God
Ordinary Time (Proper 24)                                                       
Children’s Sabbath
Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10;

October 25, 2020—Matthew 22:34-46/22:33-44 IV—Defined by Love
Ordinary Time (Proper 25)
Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

NOVEMBER

November 01, 2020—Psalm 34:1-20, 22—For All the Saints
All Saints' Day 
(same as Epiphany 4)
Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

November 08, 2020—Matthew 25:1-13/25:1-12 IV—Prepare for the Lord
Ordinary Time (Proper 27)
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

November 15, 2020—Matthew 25:14-30/25:14-31 IV—In Search of Whole-life Stewardship
Ordinary Time (Proper 28)
Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

November 22, 2020—Matthew 25:31-46—See Christ Among Us
Ordinary Time (Proper 29), Reign of Christ
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23

        

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