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 January 23, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for January 23, 2022

Lesson: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Reading 1 All the people of Israel gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. 2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought...

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Sunday’s Reading for January 16, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for January 16, 2022

Lesson: Isaiah 62:1-5 Reading 1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.2 The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your...

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Sunday’s Reading for January 9, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for January 9, 2022

Lesson: Isaiah 43:1-7 Reading 1 Thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,...

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Sunday’s Reading for January 2, 2022

Sunday’s Reading for January 2, 2022

Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-14 Reading 7 Thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel."8 See, I am going to bring them from the land of...

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Sunday’s Reading for December 26, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for December 26, 2021

Lesson: Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3 Reading 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and...

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Reading for December 25, 2021

Reading for December 25, 2021

Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10 Reading 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing...

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Sunday’s Reading for December 19, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for December 19, 2021

Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a Reading 2 You, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when...

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Sunday’s Reading for December 12, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for December 12, 2021

Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20 Reading 14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in...

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Sunday’s Reading for December 5, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for December 5, 2021

Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4 Reading 1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-- indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can...

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