Our worship services normally include several readings from the Bible, often setting the theme for the service and the sermon. Reflecting on these readings beforehand can enhance your worship experience. Check the bulletin for this week’s readings.
The Bible readings for each day come from the Revised Common Lectionary (a list of readings). Readings are prescribed for each Sunday:
- a passage typically from the Old Testament or the Acts of the Apostles
- a passage from one of the Psalms
- another from either the Epistles or the Book of Revelation
- a passage from one of the four Gospels
The lectionary runs in three-year cycles; the gospel readings in the first year are taken from the Gospel of Matthew, those in the second year from the Gospel of Mark, and in the third year come from the Gospel of Luke. Portions of the Gospel of John are read throughout Eastertide, and are also used for other liturgical seasons including Advent, Christmastide, and Lent where appropriate.
Year 1 begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2013, 2016, 2019, etc. Year 2 in 2014, 2017, 2020, etc. Year 3 in 2012, 2015, 2018, etc.