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 September 19, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for September 19, 2021

Lesson: Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 Reading 16 The ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company.2:1 For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to...

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Sunday’s Reading for September 12, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for September 12, 2021

Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a Reading 4 The LORD GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.5 The LORD GOD has opened my ear, and I was not...

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Sunday’s Reading for September 5, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for September 5, 2021

Lesson: Isaiah 35:4-7a Reading 4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’ 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the...

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Sunday’s Reading for August 29, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 29, 2021

Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Reading 1 Moses said: So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 You must...

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Sunday’s Reading for August 22, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 22, 2021

Lesson: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Reading 1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2a And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the...

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Sunday’s Reading for August 15, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 15, 2021

Lesson: Proverbs 9:1-6 Reading 1 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars.2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table.3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town,4 “You...

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Sunday’s Reading for August 8, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 8, 2021

Lesson: 1 Kings 19:4-8 Reading 4 Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down...

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Sunday’s Reading for August 1, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for August 1, 2021

Lesson: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Reading 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate...

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Sunday’s Reading for July 25, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for July 25, 2021

Lesson: 2 Kings 4:42-44 Reading 42 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43 But his servant said, “How...

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