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 16, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for May 16, 2021

Lesson: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Reading 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16 "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 9, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for May 9, 2021

Lesson: Acts 10:44-48  Reading 44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46 for...

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Sunday’s Reading for May 2, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for May 2, 2021

Lesson: Acts 8:26-40  Reading 26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 25, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for April 25, 2021

Lesson: Acts 4:5-12 Reading 5 The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 18, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for April 18, 2021

Lesson: Acts 3:12-19 Reading 12 Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 11, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for April 11, 2021

Lesson: Acts 4:32-35 Reading 32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the...

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Sunday’s Reading for April 4, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for April 4, 2021

For the Principal Service on Easter, the Revised Common Lectionary prescribes the Reading from Acts and either the Reading from Isaiah or 1 Corinthians. The order of the Readings my vary from congregation to congregation. Lesson: Acts 10:34-43 Reading 34 Peter began...

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Sunday’s Reading for March 28, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for March 28, 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 March 21, 2021

Sunday’s Reading for March 21, 2021

Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Reading 31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring...

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