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Narrative Lectionary

This is the Narrative Lectionary developed by Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester.[1]

Narrative Lectionary 1: 2010 – 2011

Fall – Old Testament
12-Sep Pentecost 16 Genesis 12:1-4 Abraham and Sarah
19-Sep Pentecost 17 Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob
26-Sep Pentecost 18 Genesis 50:15-26 Joseph
3-Oct Pentecost 19 Exodus 2:23-3:12 Moses and Exodus
10-Oct Pentecost 20 Exodus 19:3-6; 20:1-21 Covenant and Law
17-Oct Pentecost 21 Numbers 14:1-25 Wilderness
24-Oct Pentecost 22 Judges 4:1-16 Deborah
31-Oct Reformation 1 Sam 16:1-13 or 2 Sam 7:1-17 David
7-Nov All Saints 1 Kings 3:3-15; 11:1-13 Solomon
14-Nov Pentecost 25 1 Kings 18:20-39 Elijah and Ahab
21-Nov Christ the King Amos 5:1-5; 14-15; 21-24 Amos
28-Nov Advent 1 Isaiah 9:1-7 Isaiah
5-Dec Advent 2 Jeremiah 7:1-15; 31:31-34 Jeremiah
12-Dec Advent 3 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Exile: Ezekiel
19-Dec Advent 4 Nehemiah 8:1-18 Return: Ezra and Nehemiah

Winter and Spring – New Testament
24-Dec 25-Dec Christmas Eve/Day Luke 2:1-20 Birth of Jesus
26-Dec Christmas 1 John 1:1-18 Word made flesh
2-Jan Christmas 2 John 1:19-34 John the Baptist
9-Jan Epiphany John 1:35-51 Call of the disciples
16-Jan Epiphany 2 John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana
23-Jan Epiphany 3 John 2:13-25 Cleansing the Temple
30-Jan Epiphany 4 John 3:1-21 Nicodemus
6-Feb Epiphany 5 John 4:1-42 Woman at the well
13-Feb Epiphany 6 John 4:46-54 Healing the official’s son
20-Feb Epiphany 7 John 5:1-18 Healing at Bethesda
27-Feb Epiphany 8 John 6:1-21 Feeding 5000
6-Mar Transfiguration John 8:12-20 Light of the world
13-Mar Ash Wednesday John 8:31-38 Bondage to sin
13-Mar Lent 1 John 9:1-41 Healing the blind man
20-Mar Lent 2 John 10:1-10 Jesus as the door/gate
27-Mar Lent 3 John 10:11-18 Good shepherd
3-Apr Lent 4 John 11:1-44 Raising Lazarus
10-Apr Lent 5 John 11:45-52 Plot to kill Jesus
or 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus
17-Apr Palm Sunday John 12:12-26 Triumphal Entry
21-Apr Maundy Thursday John 18:1-27 Betrayal
or 19:1-16a Jesus and Pilate
22-Apr Good Friday John 19:16b-30 Crucifixion
24-Apr Easter John 20:1-18 Resurrection
1-May Easter 1 Acts 2 Pentecost
8-May Easter 2 Acts 6:1-12; 7:54-60 Stephen
15-May Easter 3 Acts 9:1-1-19 Paul and Ananias
22-May Easter 4 Acts 10:1-16 Peter’s vision
29-May Easter 5 Acts 15:1-17 Jerusalem council
or 16:16-34 Paul at Philippi
5-Jun Easter 6 Acts 17:16-30 Paul in Athens
12-Jun Easter 7 Acts 21:17, 27-30; 25:10-12; 28:16-30 Paul’s arrest and journey to Rome

Narrative Lectionary 2: 2011-2012

Sunday, September 11, 2011 Creation Gen 1:1-2:4a; or 1:1-5, 26-2:4a
Sunday, September 18, 2011 Abraham and Sarah Gen 18:1-15; 21:1-7
Sunday, September 25, 2011 Joseph in Egypt Gen 39:1-23
Sunday, October 02, 2011 Exodus Exod 1:1-22; 16:1-8
Sunday, October 09, 2011 Law Deut 5:1-22; 6:4-9
Sunday, October 16, 2011 Ruth Ruth 1:1-22
Sunday, October 23, 2011  David  1 Sam 16:1-13 & Ps 51:1-10
Sunday, October 30, 2011  Solomon builds the Temple  1 Kgs 5:1-5, 12-13; 8:1-6, 27-30
Sunday, November 06, 2011  Elijah at Horeb  1 Kgs 19:1-18
Sunday, November 13, 2011  Hosea  Hos 6:1-6; 11:1-9
Sunday, November 20, 2011  Isaiah Isa 1:12-20; 2:1-6a
Sunday, November 27, 2011  Josiah  2 Kgs 22:1-18a, 20; 23:1-3
Sunday, December 04, 2011 Jeremiah  Jer 18:1-11
Sunday, December 11, 2011 Daniel Dan 3:1-30
Sunday, December 18, 2011 Malachi Mal 3:1-7; 4:1-2, 5
Saturday, December 24, 2011 Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-20
Sunday, December 25, 2011 Christmas Day Matt 1:18-25
Sunday, January 01, 2012 John the Baptist and beginning of Jesus’
ministry
Mark 1:1-20
Sunday, January 08, 2012 People who meet Jesus (paralytic, tax collectors etc) Mark 2:1-22
Sunday, January 15, 2012 Parables about sowing and growing seeds Mark 4:1-34
Sunday, January 22, 2012 Gerasene demoniac Mark 5:1-20
Sunday, January 29, 2012 Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and a woman Mark 5:21-43
Sunday, February 05, 2012 Jesus rejected, sends the 12, John beheaded Mark 6:1-29
Sunday, February 12, 2012 What defiles a person Mark 7:1-23
Sunday, February 19, 2012 Transfiguration Sunday – Peter’s
confession & transfiguration
Mark 8:27-9:13
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Ash Wed – Passion prediction, who is the
greatest
Mark 9:30-50
Sunday, February 26, 2012 Rich young ruler Mark 10:17-31
Sunday, March 04, 2012 Parable of the tenants Mark 12:1-12
Sunday, March 11, 2012 The great commandment Mark 12:28-34
Sunday, March 18, 2012 Scribes and the widow Mark 12:38-44
Sunday, March 25, 2012 The close of the age Mark 13:1-12 [14-31] 32-37
Sunday, April
01, 2012
Palm Sunday – entry to Jerusalem Mark 11:1-10
and/or
Anointing at Bethany & preparation for betrayal Mark 14:3-11
Thursday, April 05, 2012 Maundy Thursday – [26-50 prayer in Gethsemane & arrest] Mark 14:12-25
Friday, April 06, 2012 Good Friday – Crucifixion Mark 15:16-47
Sunday, April 08, 2012 Easter Mark 16:1-8
Sunday, April 15, 2012 Resurrection message in Jerusalem
(through word and healing)
Acts 3:1-26
Sunday, April 22, 2012 Outreach at Antioch and beyond Acts 11:19-27 and 13:1-3
Sunday, April 29, 2012 Paul at Lystra Acts 14:8-18
Sunday, May 06, 2012 Church at Thessalonica Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10
Sunday, May 13, 2012 Churches in Galatia Galatians 1:1-9; 5:1-6, 13-14
Sunday, May 20, 2012 Church at Corinth Acts 18:1-17 and 1 Cor 1:10-18
Sunday, May 27, 2012 Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit 1Cor 12:1-11

[1] http://narrativelectionary.wordpress.com/about-2/the-readings/, accessed March 3, 2011.  “Narrative Lectionary 2″ from Dan Smith, email correspondence, April 19, 2011.  Used by permission.

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  1. Thomas Steenberg

    I am a retired ELCA pastor, 50 yrs in the ministry, 35 in Japan.

    Just heard about this Narrative Lectionary. However, for my MTh at Princeton Sem my thesis was: “the Apostles’ Creed and other Viable Options for Preaching the Christian Year.” Dr. Donald Macleod, who was the Chair of the Preaching and Worship at that time told me that he had tried to get his church to do something like this. This was in May of 1891. This church year began in the fall as well. If you are interested in this I would be glad to share.

    Blessings on your ministry,
    Tom

    1. Eric Lemonholm

      Tom – that sounds very interesting! I would definitely be interested in reading more about that – and including something about it on this website (with permission of course!).

      I am also an ELCA pastor, and attended Princeton for the M.Div.

      1. Tom Steenerg

        Whoa! Just found that I had been ‘posted.’ (?) The year was divided into 4 quarters. Preaching in an English congregation and also a Japanese congregation: that year there were 13 sundays in each quarter. The first quarter began the 1st Sunday in September & went up to Advent. Using the 1st article of the Creed “God, the Father.”

        From Advent Sunday to the Lenten season the theme for the 2nd quarter was: “GOD, THE SON INCARNATE.” From the 2nd Article: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary;”

        The 3rd quarter began with Ash Wed (1st Sunday in Lent), using the rest of the 2nd Article “…Suffered under Pontius Pilate…..” Theme: GOD, THE SON REDEMPTIVE” and ran to Pentecost.

        4th quarter began with Pentecost, theme: (GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT” and ran thru the summer to September. If you wish more info…

        1. Laura Johnson

          Hi Tom,

          I am interested in more info about your “Apostles’ Creed and other Viable Options for Preaching the Christian Year” MTh work. I want to reference this document in my D.Min. final project report. My topic is alternative lectionaries.

          Thanks,
          Laura

      2. Tom Steenerg

        Whoa! Just noticed that I was ‘posted.’ (9/11/12) Our church year began with the 1st Sunday in September, using the 1st Article of the Apostles’ Creed. Theme: GOD ,THE FATHER: and ran up to 1st Sunday in Advent. The 2nd quarter began with 1st Sunday in Advent & ran to Ash Wed (1Sunday in Lent) Theme: GOD, THE SON INCARNATE. The 3rd quarter, beginning with the 1Sunday in Lent running to Pentecost. Theme: GOD, THE SON REDEMPTIVE. 4th quarter, the 3rd article, from Pentecost to September Theme: GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you wish more info…

        1. Eric Lemonholm

          I am definitely interested – I’ll contact you, Tom.

  2. Jim Schack

    Particpated in the Narrative Lectionary webinar. Plan to use N L starting in September. How do I get info on the various helps available for each Sunday?
    Jim

    1. Eric Lemonholm

      You should be able to navigate to

      http://narrativelectionary.wordpress.com/year-2/resources/

      for helps and podcasts in the near future. The official site for the Narrative Lectionary is

      http://narrativelectionary.wordpress.com/

      1. Eric Lemonholm

        Now, the Narrative Lectionary has its own place on Working Preacher: http://www.workingpreacher.org/

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