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 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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Sunday’s Reading for July 18, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for July 18, 2021

Lesson: Jeremiah 23:1-6 Reading 1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. 2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have...

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Sunday’s Reading for July 11, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for July 11, 2021

Lesson: Amos 7:7-15 Reading 7 This is what the LORD GOD showed me: the LORD was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the LORD said, “See, I...

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Sunday’s Reading for July 4, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for July 4, 2021

Lesson: Ezekiel 2:1-5 Reading 1 The LORD said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2 And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the...

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Sunday’s Reading for June 27, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for June 27, 2021

Lesson: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Reading 13 God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.14 For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them,...

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Sunday’s Reading for June 20, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for June 20, 2021

Lesson: Job 38:1-11 Reading 1 The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:2 "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?3 Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of...

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Sunday’s Reading for June 13, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for June 13, 2021

Lesson: Ezekiel 17:22-24 Reading 22 Thus says the LORD God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the...

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