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Year A (2016-2017):  SeptemberOctoberNovember

Year B (2017-2018):  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.

Year A (2016–17)

SEPTEMBER 2017

3 — Matthew 16:21–28/16:22–31 IV — Find Life
World Hunger Emphasis
Ordinary Time (Proper 17)

Jeremiah 15:15–21, Psalm 26:1–8, Romans 12:9–21

10 — Matthew 18:15–20 — Where Two or Three Are Gathered…
Ordinary Time (Proper 18)
Ezekiel 33:7–11, Psalm 119:33–40, Romans 13:8–14

17 — Matthew 18:21–35/18:21–34 IV — Forgive Each Other
Heritage Day
Ordinary Time (Proper 19)

Genesis 50:15–21, Psalm 103:1–13, Romans 14:1–12

24 — Matthew 20:1–16/20:1–15 IV — God’s Generosity
Ordinary Time (Proper 20)
Jonah 3:10—4:11, Psalm 145:1–8, Philippians 1:21–30

OCTOBER 2017

1 — Matthew 21:23–32/21:21–32 IV — Be Receptive to God’s Will
Ordinary Time (Proper 21)
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Psalm 25:1–9; Philippians 2:1–13

8 — Matthew 21:33–46/21:34–49 IV — Jesus, the Cornerstone
Ordinary Time (Proper 22)
Isaiah 5:1–7, Psalm 80:7–15, Philippians 3:4b–14

15 — Matthew 22:1–14 — The Banquet Is Ready
Children's Sabbath
Ordinary Time (Proper 23)

Isaiah 25:1–9, Psalm 23, Philippians 4:1–9

22 — Matthew 22:15–22 — Give from Our True Capacity
Ordinary Time (Proper 24)
Isaiah 45:1–7, Psalm 96:1–13, 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

29 — Matthew 22:34–46/22:33–44 IV — Love God and Neighbor
Ordinary Time (Proper 25)
Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18, Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8

NOVEMBER 2017

1Matthew 5:1-12/5:1-14 IV – Blessed!
All Saints Day (Ordinary Time)
Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3

5 — Matthew 23:1–12/23:1–9 IV — Humble Yourselves
Ordinary Time (Proper 26)
Micah 3:5–12, Psalm 43, 1 Thessalonians 2:9–13

12 — Matthew 25:1–13 — Be Wise
Ordinary Time (Proper 27)
Amos 5:18–24, Psalm 70, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

19 — Matthew 25:14–30/25:14–31 IV — Receive and Be Trustworthy
Ordinary Time (Proper 28)
Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18; Psalm 90:1–12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11

26 — Matthew 25:31–46/25:32–47 IV — See through God’s Eyes
Reign of Christ, Ordinary Time (Proper 29)
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24; Psalm 95:1–7a; Ephesians 1:15–23

YEAR B (2017-2018)

DECEMBER 2017

3 — Mark 13:24-37 [Hope] — Come, Lord Jesus
First Sunday of Advent 
Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

10 — Mark 1:1-8 [Peace] — Proclaim the Good News
Second Sunday of Advent 
Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a

17 — John 1:6-8, 19-28 [Love] — Testify to the Light
Third Sunday of Advent 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

24 — Luke 1:26-38 [Joy] — He Will Be Called Son of God
Fourth Sunday of Advent 
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Romans 16:25-27

25 — Luke 2:1–20— God's Love Made Visible
Christmas Day (A, B, C) 
Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14

31 — Luke 2:22-40— Blessed in the Temple
First Sunday after Christmas Day 
Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Psalm 148, Galatians 4:4-7

JANUARY 2018

7 — Mark 1:4-11— Be Baptized
First Sunday after the Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-17

14  — John 1:43-51— Jesus Calls
Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Ordinary Time
Racial Justice Day
1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

21 — Mark 1:14-20— Follow Me
Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31

28 — Mark 1:21-28— Jesus, the Teacher
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

FEBRUARY 2018

4 — Mark 1:29-39 — Compassionate Ministry
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Ordinary Time
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23

11 — Mark 9:2-9 — Listen for the Voice of God
Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Youth Ministries Day, Transfiguration Sunday
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6

14 — Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21—Walk Humbly with God
Ash Wednesday (A, B, C) 
Joel 2:1–2, 12–17
Psalm 51:1–17
2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10

18 — Mark 1:9-15  — Face Our Temptations
First Sunday in Lent 
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22

25 — Mark 8:31-38 — Lose Your Life or Save It?
Second Sunday in Lent 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31; 
Romans 4:13-25

MARCH 2018

4 — John 2:13-22 — Create Sacred Space
Third Sunday in Lent, World Hunger Emphasis
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25

11 — John 3:14-21— What Wondrous Love
Fourth Sunday in Lent 
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10

18 — John 12:20-33— Glorify God
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10

25 — Mark 11:1-11 — Hosanna!
Palm Sunday 
Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 

25 — Mark 14:1-15:47— Were You There?
Passion Sunday 
Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 31:9–16
Philippians 2:5–11

29 — John 13:1–17, 31b–35— A New Commandment 
Maundy Thursday (A, B, C) 
Exodus 12:1–14
Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
1 Corinthians 11:23–26

30 — John 18:1—19:42 — Rejected and Despised
Good Friday (A, B, C)
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16–25

APRIL 2018

1 — John 20:1–18 (A, B, C) and Mark 16:1-8 — Alleluia! Jesus Lives!
Easter Day 
Resurrection of the Lord
Acts 10:34–43
Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

8 — John 20:19–31 (A, B, C) — Peace Be with You
Second Sunday of Easter 
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2

15 — Luke 24:36b-48— You Are Witnesses
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7

22 — John 10:11-18 — Listen to the Good Shepherd
Fourth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24 

29 — John 15:1-8— Bear Fruit!
Fifth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21

MAY 2018

6 — John 15:9-17 - Love As Jesus Loved 
Sixth Sunday of Easter 
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6

13 — Luke 24:44–53— Open Our Minds to the Scriptures
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Ascension of the Lord (A, B, C)
Acts 1:1–11
Psalm 47
Ephesians 1:15–23

20 —Acts 2:1–21 (A, B, C) and John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15— The Spirit of Truth
Day of Pentecost, Endowment Sunday 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:22-27

27 — John 3:1-17— Be Born of Water and Spirit
First Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Ordinary Time
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17

JUNE 2018

3 — Mark 2:23-3:6— How Shall We Keep the Sabbath?
Ordinary Time (Proper 4) 
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Psalm 81:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12

10 — Mark 3:20-35— Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother?
Ordinary Time (Proper 5) 
Genesis 3:8-15
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

17 — Mark 4:26-34 — Grow in the Kingdom of God
Ordinary Time (Proper 6) 
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2 Corinthians 5:6-17

24 — Mark 4:35-41— Peace! Be Still!
Ordinary Time (Proper 7) 
Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Corinthians 6:1-13

JULY 2018

1 — Mark 5:21-43— Trust in Jesus
Ordinary Time (Proper 8) 
Lamentations 3:23-33
Psalm 30
2 Corinthians 8:7-15

8 — Mark 6:1-13— Proclaim Repentance
Ordinary Time (Proper 9) 
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10

15 — Mark 6:14-29— Choose Righteously
Ordinary Time (Proper 10) 
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14

22 — Mark 6:30-34, 53-56— Touch Us, Lord Jesus
Ordinary Time (Proper 11) 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22

29 — John 6:1-21— Share Generously
Ordinary Time (Proper 12) 
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-18
Ephesians 3:14-21

AUGUST 2018 

5 — John 6:24-35— Believe
Ordinary Time (Proper 13) 
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16

12 — John 6:35, 41-51— The Bread of Life
Ordinary Time (Proper 14) 
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25-5:2

19 — John 6:51-58 — Abide in Me
Ordinary Time (Proper 15) 
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20

26 — John 6:56-69— The Demands of Discipleship
Ordinary Time (Proper 16) 
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20

SEPTEMBER 2018

2 — Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 — Into My Heart
Ordinary Time (Proper 17), World Hunger Emphasis
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27

9 — Mark 7:24-37 — All Have Worth
Ordinary Time (Proper 18) 
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-17

16 — Mark 8:27-38— Take Up Your Cross
Ordinary Time (Proper 19), Heritage Day
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12

23 — Mark 9:30-37— Who Is Greatest?
Ordinary Time (Proper 20) 
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

30 — Mark 9:38-50— Be Peace to One Another
Ordinary Time (Proper 21) 
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20

OCTOBER 2018

7 — Mark 10:2-16— Bring the Children
Ordinary Time (Proper 22) 
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

14 — Mark 10:17-31— What Must I Do?
Ordinary Time (Proper 23) 
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16

21 — Mark 10:35-45—Become Servant Leaders
Ordinary Time (Proper 24), Children’s Sabbath
Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10

28 — Mark 10:46-52 —Jesus Is Calling You
Ordinary Time (Proper 25) 
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126
Hebrews 7:23-28

NOVEMBER 2018

1 — John 11:32-44 —Blessed!
All Saints’ Day 
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelations 21:1-6a

4 — Mark 12:28-34 —Love Your Neighbor
Ordinary Time (Proper 26)
Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 119:1-8, Hebrews 9:11-14

11 — Mark 12:38-44 —Give of Your True Capacity
Ordinary Time (Proper 27) 
1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28

18 — Mark 13:1-8 —Wait in Faithfulness
Ordinary Time (Proper 28) 
Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25

25 — John 18:33-37 - Listen to the Voice
Ordinary Time (Proper 29), Reign of Christ
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8