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 June 4, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for June 4, 2023

Reading 1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 28, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for May 28, 2023

Acts 2:1-21 Reading 1 When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 21, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for May 21, 2023

Acts 1:6-14 Reading 6 When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 14, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for May 14, 2023

Acts 17:22-31 Reading 22 Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 7, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for May 7, 2023

Acts 7:55-60 Reading 55 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 But they...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 30, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for April 30, 2023

Acts 2:42-47 Reading 42 Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 23, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for April 23, 2023

Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Reading 14a Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, 36 “Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this,...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 16, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for April 16, 2023

Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Reading 14a Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, 22 “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 9, 2023

Sunday’s Reading for April 9, 2023

EASTER SUNDAY The Revised Common Lectionary for the Principal Service on Easter offers a choice of readings. 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...

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