Sunday Readings in Context

This Sunday’s Readings in Context

Parishioner Tom O’Brien, a Canon and Examining Chaplain for Scripture of this diocese, writes brief background descriptions of the Sunday readings.
We thank Tom for sharing his learning and love of Scripture with us in this way.

Sunday’s Reading for May 22, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for May 22, 2022

Lesson: Acts 16:9-15 Reading 9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 15, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for May 15, 2022

Acts 11:1-18 Reading 1 Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3 saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 8, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for May 8, 2022

Lesson: Acts 9:36-43 Reading 36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37 At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs....

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Sunday’s Reading for May 1, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for May 1, 2022

Acts 9:1-20 Reading 1 Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 24, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for April 24, 2022

Acts 5:27-32 Reading 27 When the temple police had brought the apostles, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 17, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for April 17, 2022

Acts 10:34-43 Reading 34 Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 3, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for April 3, 2022

Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21 Reading 16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,17 who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise,they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:18 Do not remember the...

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Sunday’s Reading for March 27, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for March 27, 2022

Lesson: Joshua 5:9-12 Reading 9 The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day. 10 While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal, they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth...

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Sunday’s Reading for March 20, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for March 20, 2022

Lesson: Exodus 3:1-15 Reading 1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a...

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