Narrative Lectionary 2018-19

Matthew year 1

Readings for Year 1 (Matthew)

September 9

Flood and Promise

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17

Noah, the flood, and the promise of the rainbow

(Matt 8:24-27, Jesus calms the storm)

September 16

Call of Abraham

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 12:1-9

Call of Abraham, promise of land, descendants, blessing to the nations

(Matt 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations)

September 23

Joseph in Prison

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 39:1-23

Joseph is unjustly put in prison; yet God is present with him there

(Matt 5:11-12, Blessed are you when people revile you)

September 30

Rescue at the Sea

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29

The sea parts at the exodus; God’s deliverance

(Matt 2:13-15, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in Egypt, out of Egypt have I called my son)

October 7

Covenant and Commandments

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17

God brings Israel as on eagle’s wings; Decalogue

(Matt 5:17, Jesus came not to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them)

October 14

Joshua Renews the Covenant

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26]

Story of God’s deliverance. Joshua says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

(Matt 4:8-10, Satan offers Jesus all kingdoms, but Jesus says “Worship God and serve only him”)

October 21

David and Bathsheba

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9

Nathan’s parable indicts David after his sin with Bathsheba. David is moved to repent.

(Matt 21:33-41, Parable about the wicked tenants)

October 28

Solomon's Wisdom

Twentieth-third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28

Solomon prays for wisdom; two women and a child

(Matt 6:9-10, Pray in this way, “Our Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come...”)

November 4

Elisha Heals Naaman

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Kings 5:1-15a

Elisha heals Naaman, a foreigner and leper

(Matt 8:2-3, Jesus heals a leper, “I will, be clean”)

November 11


Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8

God promises a ruler from Bethlehem; desires justice, kindness, walking humbly with God

(Matt 9:13, God wants mercy, not sacrifice)

November 18

Swords into Plowshares

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; then 2:1-4

Assyria threatens Jerusalem and King Hezekiah despairs. Isaiah says the city will be saved and nations will beat swords into plowshares.

(Matt 5:14, light of the world, city on a hill)

November 25

Jeremiah's Temple Sermon

Christ the King Sunday

Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11

Prophetic call as warning; temple as den of robbers

(Matt 21:12-13, Jesus cleanses the temple, which has become a den of robbers)

December 2

Faith as a Way of Life

First Sunday of Advent

Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19

The prophet, grieved by injustice/suffering, watches for God’s reply. Faith is a way of life, not an answer.

(Matt 26:36-38; In Gethsemane Jesus is grieved and asks disciples to watch with him)

December 9


Second Sunday of Advent

Esther 4:1-17

For such a time as this, Esther was made queen.

(Matt 5:13-16, Salt and light)

December 16

Light to the Nations

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 42:1-9

Through the Spirit, God's servant will be a light to the nations, bringing release to prisoners.

(Matt 12:15-21, The ministry of Jesus)

December 23

Jesus as Immanuel

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Matthew 1:18-25

Announcement of Jesus’ birth to Joseph; Jesus will be Immanuel

(Psalm 23:1-4, or 23:4 )

December 24

Birth of Jesus

Christmas Eve

Luke 2:1-14, [15-20]

Birth of Jesus

(Psalm 96:10-13)

December 25

Shepherds Visit Christmas Day

Luke 2:8-20

Shepherds visit the infant Jesus.

(Psalm 95:6-7)

December 30

Genealogy of Jesus

First Sunday of Christmas

Matthew 1:1-17

The genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham

(Psalm 132:11-12)

January 6

Day of Epiphany: Magi Visit

Day of Epiphany

Matthew 2:1-23

The Magi visit the infant Jesus; flight into Egypt, massacre of the innocents, the return to Nazareth

(Psalm 96:10-13) [opt. Psalm 11:1-3]

January 13

Jesus' Baptism: Matthew

First Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 3:1-17

John the Baptist , Jesus is baptized to fulfill all righteousness

(Psalm 2:7-8)

January 20

Tempted in the Wilderness

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 4:1-17

Jesus tempted in the wilderness

(Psalm 91.9-12)

January 27


Third Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 5:1-20

Beatitudes, salt of the earth, let your light shine

(Psalm 1.1-3

February 3

Treasure in Heaven

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 6:7-21 [25-34]

Lord’s prayer, treasure in heaven

and/or Matt 6:25-34, Lilies of the field
(Psalm 20.7)

February 10

The Golden Rule

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29

Speck in the eye, narrow gate, wise man builds house on rock

(Psalm 37:16-18)

February 17

Parables of the Kingdom

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Matt 13:24-43

Parable of wheat and weeds

(Psalm 84:1-7)

February 24

Feeding 5,000

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Matthew 14:13-33

Feeding the 5,000, walking on the sea

(Psalm 95.1-5)

March 3


Matthew 16:24--17:8

Passion prediction, bearing the cross, Transfiguration

(Psalm 41.7-10)

March 6

Who Is the Greatest?

Ash Wednesday

Matthew 18:1-9

Debate about who is the greatest, become like a child; if your right hand causes sin cut it off

(Psalm 146.7c-10 or 51.1-3)

March 10


First Sunday in Lent

Matthew 18:15-35

Church discipline, forgiving 70 times 7, parable of unforgiving servant

(Psalm 32.1-2)

March 17

Laborers in the Vineyard

Second Sunday in Lent

Matthew 20:1-16

Parable of laborers in vineyard

(Psalm 16.5-8)

March 24

Wedding Banquet

Third Sunday in Lent

Matthew 22:1-14

Parable of wedding banquet

(Psalm 45.6-7)

March 31

Bridesmaids (or Talents)

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Matthew 25:1-13

Parable of the bridesmaids

and/or Matt 25:14-30, Parable of the talents (Psalm 43.3-4)

April 7

Last Judgment

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Matthew 25:31-46

Parable of the last judgment

(Psalm 98.7-9)

April 14

Triumphal Entry

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:1-17

Triumphal entry, cleansing the temple

(Psalm 118.25-29)

April 18

Words of Institution

Maundy Thursday

Matthew 26:17-30

Preparing for the Last Supper, mention of betrayal, Words of Institution

(Psalm 116.12-15)

April 19

Crucifixion: Matthew

Good Friday

Matthew 27:27-61

Crucifixion; "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?"

(Psalm 22.1-2, [14-18] )

April 21

Easter: Matthew


Matthew 28:1-10

Resurrection, empty tomb, women encounter the risen Jesus

(Psalm 118:19-24)

April 28

Great Commission

Second Sunday of Easter

Matthew 28:16-20

Great commission, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

(Psalm 40:9-10)

May 5

Peter's Vision

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:1-17, 34-48

Peter’s vision show how God cleanses people of every nation

(Matt 9:36-37)

May 12

Paul's Mission

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18

Beginning of Paul’s mission. Healing at Lystra, gospel to the Gentile world

(Matt 10:40-42)

May 19

Gospel as Salvation

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Romans 1:1-17

Gospel as power of God for salvation to all, both Jews and Greeks

(Matt 9:10-13)

May 26

God's Love Poured Out

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Romans [3:28-30] 5:1-11

God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit; Christ died for the ungodly

(Matt 11:28-30)

June 2

Hope of Resurrection

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Romans 6:1-14

We were buried with him by baptism into death, so that we might walk in newness of life. Hope of resurrection.

(Matt 6:24)

June 9

Nothing Can Separate Us


Acts 2:1-4

Romans 8:14-39

The groaning of creation, Spirit helps us in our weakness, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus

(Matt 28:16-20)