The Lectionary

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Introduction

A lectionary, if you're new to the term, is simply a pattern of readings from the bible. In Methodism we are on a three year pattern which takes us through the whole bible in that time, with one set of readings each week. This allows us to read all of the bible and make sure that we are learning from all of it rather than just from our 'favourite passages' and allows us to ensure that we appreciate and digest the whole thing.

The readings below are for the upcoming months. If you are new to the Christian faith and don't have a bible, do drop into one of our churches on a Sunday morning and we'll help you get hold of one.


Readings for November and December 2020

Lectionary Readings: Year A 

NOVEMBER 2020: 

1st

Ordinary 31

Joshua 3: 7-17

 

Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37 1

 

Thessalonians 2: 9-13

 

Matthew 23: 1-12

 

8th

Ordinary 32

Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25

Psalm 78: 1-7 1

 

Thessalonians 4: 13-18

 

Matthew 25:

1-13

 

15th

Ordinary 33

Judges 4: 1-7

 

 

Psalm 123: 1

Thessalonians 5: 1-11

 

Matthew 25:

14-30

 

22nd

Sunday before Advent

Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

 

Psalm 95: 1-7a or Psalm 100

 

Ephesians 1: 15-23

 

Matthew 25:

31-46

 

29th

1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9

 

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

 

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

 

Mark 13:24-37

 

 

 DECEMBER 2020: Lectionary Readings: Year B 

6th

Second Sunday of Advent

 

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8

13th

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11            

 

 

Psalm 126 or Canticle: Magnificat 

(Luke 1:46b-55)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

 

John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

20th

Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

Samuel 7:1-11, 16            

 

 

Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)  

or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Romans 16:25-27

 

Luke 1:26-38

 

25th - Christmas Day 

Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.

I       Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

II     Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

III    Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14

27th

First Sunday of Christmas

Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3                   

                                                      

 

                

 

Psalm 148

Galatians 4:4-7

Luke 2:22-40

31st

New Year: Watchnight  

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 or Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

 

 

 

Psalm 8 or Psalm 90

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46 or Luke 12:13-21 or Luke 12:35-50

The Lectionary