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 December 6, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for December 6, 2020

Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11 Reading 1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out:...

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Sunday’s Reading for November 29, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for November 29, 2020

Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9 Reading 1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence --2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil -- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the...

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Sunday’s Reading for November 22, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for November 22, 2020

Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Reading 11 Thus says the LORD God: I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the...

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Sunday’s Reading for November 15, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for November 15, 2020

Lesson: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Reading 7 Be silent before the LORD God! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests.12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people who rest...

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Sunday’s Reading for November 8, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for November 8, 2020

Lesson: Amos 5:18-24 Reading 18 Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD: Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD! Why do you want the day of the LORD? It is darkness, not light;19 as if someone fled from a lion and was met by a bear; or went into the house...

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Sunday’s Reading for November 1, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for November 1, 2020

ALL SAINTS’ DAY Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17 Reading 9 After this I, John, looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with...

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Sunday’s Reading for October 25, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for October 25, 2020

Lesson: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Reading 1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. 15 You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial...

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Sunday’s Reading for October 18, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for October 18, 2020

Lesson: Isaiah 45:1-7 Reading 1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him -- and the gates shall not be closed:2 I will go before you and level...

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Sunday’s Reading for October 11, 2020

Sunday’s Reading for October 11, 2020

Lesson: Isaiah 25:1-9 Reading 1 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful, and sure.2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a...

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