Lectionary Year A words

Advent…Advent candles

Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 146:5-10


Luke 1:46b-55

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11


Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)


Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20


Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)

John 1:1-14


Some countries and cultures celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, so the listed resources include both Advent and Christmas items.

These are the readings for Christmas Eve, also.

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)


Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20


Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)

John 1:1-14

Isaiah 63:7-9

Psalm 148

Hebrews 2:10-18

Matthew 2:13-23

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Psalm 8

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46

These readings are used on New Year’s Day, also.

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Isaiah 42:1-9      

Psalm 29             

Acts 10:34-43    

Matthew 3:13-17

Isaiah 9:1-4        

Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1

Corinthians 1:10-18     

Matthew 4:12-23

Micah 6:1-8        

Psalm 15             

1 Corinthians 1:18-31     

Matthew 5:1-12

Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)    

Psalm 112:1-9 (10)          

1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)        

Matthew 5:13-20


Gathering Words   (adapted from Psalm 112:1-10) — Ana Gobledale, UK

Praise the Lord!

Happy are those who fear the Eternal One,

who greatly delight in the divine commandments. …

They are gracious, merciful, and just.

They rise in the darkness as a light for others.

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18     

Psalm 119:33-40               

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23        

Matthew 5:38-48

(Last Sunday before Lent)

Exodus 24:12-18              

Psalm 2    

or       Psalm 99             

2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9




Genesis 12:1-4a               

Psalm 121           

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17      

John 3:1-17


Matthew 17:1-9


Hymns and songs

Born Again by George Stuart, inspired by John 3:1-9 and Matthew 17:1-9


1 Samuel 16:1-13             

Psalm 23             

Ephesians 5:8-14             

John 9:1-41

Hymns and songs

Healing on the Sabbath, by George Stuart, inspired by John 9:13-16a

Hope and Light by George Stuart, inspired by John 9:5

Is it God’s will?  by George Stuart, Australia, inspired by John 9:1-3

May this year’s journey towards Easter be one which we enter in spirit and in truth. — Lynne Roberts, Australia

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130           

Romans 8:6-11              

John 11:1-45


Offering Dedication
Pray with me. Spirit of Life, bless the offerings we have brought this morning that they might be used to bring new life into our world. And bless our bodies and minds, that we might use them to breathe new life into your kin-dom here on earth. Amen.

Prayer of Confession — Earl Roberts, USA

We confess that we do not always want our lives restored or renewed. Speaking truth to the things and the people who bind us is very scary. Our ‘burial bandages’ not only bind us tightly, but they also keep us thinking we are secure, hidden away in our tombs. Call us forth to discover that freedom overcomes slavery and life overcomes death. Amen.


Hymns and songs

Jesus Weeps by George Stuart, Australia — inspired by John 11: 25, 38-45


Holy Week…

Job 14:1-14  or  

Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24           

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16        

1 Peter 4:1-8     

Matthew 27:57-66 

or   John 19:38-42

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Acts 2:14a, 36-41             

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19      

1 Peter 1:17-23                 

Luke 24:13-35


Luke 24:13-49 — Prayer: Stay with Us
Theme: The road to Emmaus

Spirit of new hope and promise…

Stay with us in our places of hopelessness and despair.

Spirit of joy and delight…

Stay with us in the shadows of grief and terror.

Spirit of forgiveness and mercy…

Stay with us in the morass of our guilt and shame.

Spirit of abundance and fruitfulness…

Stay with us when we feel lacking and barren.

Spirit of truth and trust…

Stay with us in the mazes of dishonest and deceit we create.

Spirit of wisdom and inspiration…

Stay with us in our fogs of ignorance and dullness.

Spirit of love and comfort…

Stay with us, as you stayed with the disciples, in our eating and our sleeping.

In gratitude for your steadfast presence in our lives,

Empower us to distribute the fruits of your Spirit to others.


by Ana Gobledale, United Reformed Church in Great Britain


A Prayer based on Acts 2:14a,36-4

God of new beginnings,

Today we remember our baptisms:

A day shrouded in an infant’s hidden memory

A day chiselled in the sharp memory of a teenager

A day gloriously shining in the memory of a new convert.

Your promises live in each of us

Born anew in the waters of baptism

Generation to generation

Your spirit lives in each of us

Walking in your footsteps

Step by step

Your forgiveness lives in each of us

Kneeling in repentance

Open to your Spirit

Welcome into our hearts anew

by Ana Gobledale, United Reformed Church in Great Britain


Acts 2:42-47       

Psalm 23             

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10

Prayer of Intercession — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Hope of all hopes, God of new life, of resurrection, we come before you this Easter season, our hearts rejoicing in you.  And yet, despite our joy and hope, we feel the darkness around us.  God, may we know your healing presence in that darkness, and may your light shine in and through us.  Comfort and strengthen us that we may be beacons of your light to those around us.

Mysterious one, you walk among us, but do not always recognize you in our midst.  Open our eyes to you.  Open our ears and our hearts that we may see you at work in our midst, through our neighbours, in our community.

Source of all power, we pray for our leaders and the leaders of the world at large, that they too may recognize you in unexpected places, that instead of vying for power, they may strive to work with and for their constituents, that they may recognize the value of life of people near and far.  We especially pray for the leaders in [locale of any recent natural or other disaster] as they lead folks in the daunting task of re-imagining and rebuilding their lives.

Maker of the universe, as the world around us bursts into life and colour, we rejoice in your creation.  Help us to be good stewards of our home, the earth, that we so often take for granted.  May we, with awe and wonder, care for your creation: the land, water and air that sustain and nourish us.

Source of comfort and peace, we ask that you be with all those who suffer.  We lift up those who have lost loved ones: through illness, old age, disaster or violence.  We pray especially for those who have lost family and friends in the [include any recent disaster] this past week, those in the middle east whose lives are punctuated by war and unrest, and those here in our cities, for whom violence is an unquestioned part of life, children who walk to and from school fearing for their lives and safety. We ask for your comfort and peace in the face of the fear, anger and grief of loss.

Light of the world, you hear all of our prayers, those spoken aloud and those whispered only in the silence of our hearts.  Cast your light upon us, gracious one.

If prayer candles are being used:

Together with the many silent concerns and intentions within our hearts, in peaceful silence I invite you, when ready, to place your lit candle at the [foot of the cross/ or other location].

Acts 17:22-31    

Psalm 66:8-20   

1 Peter 3:13-22

John 14:15-21

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Psalm 93
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53

Acts 1:6-14

Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35      

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

John 17:1-11

Season after Pentecost…


Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Psalm 8                  

2 Corinthians 13:11-13   

Matthew 28:16-20

S4300112God of Creation  (on reading Genesis 1) — Merryl Blair, Australia

Our God,

We come before you with minds, hearts and eyes open

To the many ways in which you reveal yourself to us:

In the colours of autumn,

In the challenges and possibilities of reading your Word together,

In the complexities of the very human lives

From which we have travelled to this place,

And into which we will re-immerse ourselves when we leave.


God of creation,

You invite us to wonder:

To use all our senses to see, touch, smell, hear, and think

As we continue the conversation between timeless truths and

The ever-changing demands of our lives.

In all of our engagement with you,

Keep us centred on the call

To see all of your creation as good;

To recognise every other person as made in your image;

To acknowledge our relationship with sky, earth, water, animals,

And to know you more and more fully

By looking closely, lovingly, at all of these.


by Merryl Blair, Australia

Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19      

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100           

Romans 5:1-8    

Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)

Matthew 10.1, a reflection — Steve Garnaas-Holmes

The word apostle means “sent.”

We are not given a mandate to judge
or an obligation to convert.
We are not required to argue religion.
We are given power to heal.

We need not muster up the strength.
We are given authority.
Christ is in us to heal.

May I be a healer today;
may I set free those who are bound
by spirits that diminish life.
May I cast out fear with love,
cast out greed with wisdom,
cast out anxiety with calm,
cast out anger and bitterness with deep listening,
cast out hate with forgiveness.

May I bear your spirit of peace,
the authority of blessing,
the power of love.
May I be a healer today.

To visit Steve’s blog, Unfolding Light, click here.

Genesis 21:8-21

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17      

Jeremiah 20:7-13

Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18     

Romans 6:1b-11               

Matthew 10:24-39

Genesis 22:1-14

Psalm 13             

Jeremiah 28:5-9

Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18        

Romans 6:12-23               

Matthew 10:40-42

Psalm 89:1-18 redux — Carla Grosch-Miller, UK

Enduring melody,

Your song shall be sung

so long as the earth spins

and the heavens dance.


Frail flesh opens its mouth:

You are born again.


To songweavers

You are the scale and the tone.

To storytellers

You are the plot and the end.

To all of life

You are breath

and You are beauty.


Open my mouth

and my voice shall rise in praise.


Awaken me, O Lord, from false understanding.

Keep the limits of my knowing ever before me,

that I might not defame You

or claim too much for myself.

Show me true justice and right mercy,

that I may live humbly and simply

in accordance with the order You ordained

for the flourishing of life.


Then my song shall ring with clarion joy,

a call to worship,

an invitation to sing.


Used by permission from the author.

from Psalms Redux: Poems and Prayers by Carla A Grosch-Miller, Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2014

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Psalm 45:10-17


Song of Solomon 2:8-13               

Zechariah 9:9-12

Psalm 145:8-14 Romans 7:15-25a             

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Genesis 25:19-34

Psalm 119:105-112          

Isaiah 55:10-13

Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13       

Romans 8:1-11

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Genesis 28:10-19a

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24    

Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19


Isaiah 44:6-8

Psalm 86:11-17

Romans 8:12-25               

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Genesis 29:15-28

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b


Psalm 128           

1 Kings 3:5-12

Psalm 119:129-136          

Romans 8:26-39               

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52


Genesis 32:22-31

Psalm 17:1-7, 15               

Isaiah 55:1-5

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21      

Romans 9:1-5    

Matthew 14:13-21

Sending forth relating to Genesis 32 — Ana Gobledale, UK

by Geoffrey Clarke, UK

God’s peace: carry, keep and hold you.
God’s love: nourish, bless and enfold you.
God’s spirit: inspire, lift and mold you.
May God, merciful and just, help you persevere on the path before you.


Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b           

1 Kings 19:9-18

Psalm 85:8-13   

Romans 10:5-15               

Matthew 14:22-33

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalm 124           

Isaiah 51:1-6

Psalm 138           

Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20



Ready-to-Act:  a story from Exodus 1:8-2:10 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Characters:  1) Narrator, 2) Pharoah,  3) Pharoah’s Daughter, 4) Miriam,  5) Midwife Shiphrah,  6) Midwife Puah

Provide large-font copies for all actor/readers; no memorization required. Print landscape with two columns to avoid hiding mouths behind sheets.


Narrator:   Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

He said to his people,

Pharaoh:    Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we.

Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.

Narrator:   Therefore the Egyptians set taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them

with forced labor. They built supply cities for Pharaoh.  But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.  The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them. The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,

Pharaoh:    When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.

Narrator:   But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.  So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them,

Pharaoh:    Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?”

Narrator:   The midwives said to Pharaoh,

Shiphrah and Puah (midwives):  Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”

Narrator:   So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.  And because the midwives feared God, God gave them families.  Then Pharaoh commanded all his people,

Pharaoh:    Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.

Narrator:   Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with tar.  She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. The child’s sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river.   She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, and said,

Pharaoh’s Daughter:    This must be one of the Hebrews’ children.

Narrator:   Then the baby’s sister, Miriam, said to Pharaoh’s daughter,

Miriam:      Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?

Pharaoh’s Daughter:    Yes.

Narrator:   So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,

Pharaoh’s Daughter:   Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.

Narrator:   So the woman took the child and nursed it.  When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses because,

Pharaoh’s Daughter:  I drew him out of the water.

Exodus 12:1-14

Psalm 149           

Ezekiel 33:7-11

Psalm 119:33-40               

Romans 13:8-14               

Matthew 18:15-20

Exodus 14:19-31

Psalm 114


Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21

Genesis 50:15-21

Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13     

Romans 14:1-12               

Matthew 18:21-35

Exodus 16:2-15

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45      

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Psalm 145:1-8   

Philippians 1:21-30          

Matthew 20:1-16


World Communion Sunday

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16        

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Psalm 25:1-9      

Philippians 2:1-13            

Matthew 21:23-32


Prayer inspired by Psalm 78

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Psalm 19             

Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80:7-15   

Philippians 3:4b-14         

Matthew 21:33-46

Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23      

Isaiah 25:1-9

Psalm 23             

Philippians 4:1-9              

Matthew 22:1-14

Exodus 33:12-23

Psalm 99             

Isaiah 45:1-7

Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)     

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10  

Matthew 22:15-22

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17        

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

Psalm 1                

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8    

Matthew 22:34-46


Reformation Sunday 

Worship resources:

Observation of All Saints Day (1 November)

Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37      

Micah 3:5-12

Psalm 43             

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13  

Matthew 23:1-12

Remembrance Sunday, UK  — Click here for Remembrance Day resources.


Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

Psalm 78:1-7      

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16


Amos 5:18-24

Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20


Psalm 70             

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18                

Matthew 25:1-13


Prayer inspired by Psalm 78

Translated from Spanish by Katie Fiegenbaum

Questions for the teacher
(In light of Matthew 25: 1-13)

Perhaps you are asking me, teacher
to be numb to the needs
of those who have been mistaken in life?
Perhaps you expect me to continue on my path
without consideration for who is by my side,
who asks me for something that I can give,
who waits for a gesture of solidarity.
Perhaps I should judge my neighbors
for their forgetfulness, for their exhaustion,
for their mistakes or for anything else.

Was it not my mission, the one you taught me,
to clothe the naked,
to break bread with the hungry,
to give water to those who are thirsty,
to visit those who are lonely,
to accompany those in need,
to liberate those who are oppressed?
Should I deny them a little oil
just to be able to save myself?
Could I, in your name,
abandon others outside?
Oh, how beautiful the celebration will be,
how abundant the table will be,
how generous the groom will be…
Can I ignore the cries
of those who also want to be part
of the celebration of your Realm?

I cannot, Jesus.
I am sorry, but I cannot.
Perhaps I will stay outside,
perhaps my oil will not be enough
to await you with my lamp lit.
But it would not be true to your Gospel
if I thought solely of me,
if my aim was to save myself in solitude.

I do not know the day, nor the time that you will arrive
that the generous celebration of your Kingdom
will be heralded with music and with dancing,
with wine and with abundance,
that the hour of justice and fulfillment
will have arrived once and for all.

Even so, good Jesus,
I cannot selfishly hoard that oil…
Someone needs it, someone is asking for it
and someone would be left out of your celebration
if we do not share it.

Preguntas al maestro
(A la luz de Mateo 25:1-13)

¿Acaso me pides, maestro,
que sea insensible a la necesidad
de quien en la vida se ha equivocado?
¿Acaso esperas que siga mi camino
sin considerar a quien tengo a mi lado,
a quien me pide algo que puedo darle,
a quien espera un gesto de solidaridad?
¿Acaso debo juzgar a mis prójimos
por sus olvidos, por su cansancio,
por sus descuidos o por lo que fuere?
¿No era mi misión, la que me enseñaste,
vestir al desnudo,
compartir el pan con el hambriento,
dar de beber a quien tiene sed,
visitar a las personas solas,
acompañar a quien necesita,
liberar a quien sufre opresión?
¿Debo negar ahora un poco de aceite
sólo para acceder a salvarme yo?
¿Puedo, acaso, en tu nombre,
dejar afuera a otras personas?
Por bonita que sea la fiesta,
por abundante que sea la mesa,
por generoso que sea el novio…
¿puedo desoír el clamor
de quienes también quieren ser parte
de la fiesta de tu Reino?

Yo no puedo, Jesús.
Lo siento, pero no puedo.
Quizá me quede afuera,
quizá mi aceite no alcance
para esperarte con mi lámpara encendida.
Pero no sería fiel a tu Evangelio
si pensara solamente en mí,
si mi objetivo fuera salvarme en soledad.

No conozco el día, tampoco la hora en que llegarás
para que la fiesta generosa de tu Reino
anuncie con música y con bailes,
con vino y con abundancia,
que la hora de la justicia y de la plenitud
ha llegado de una vez para siempre.

Aún así, buen Jesús,
no puedo quedarme egoístamente con aquel aceite…
Alguien lo necesita, alguien lo pide
y alguien se quedaría afuera de tu fiesta
si no lo compartiera.


Originally posted on https://giftsinopenhands.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/3566/ , Gifts in Open Hands, a blog created by Maren Tirabassi, USA

Judges 4:1-7

Psalm 123           

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12                

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  

Matthew 25:14-30

Reign of Christ Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm 100           

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95:1-7a   

Ephesians 1:15-23           

Matthew 25:31-46

Year A Ordinary 18, by Cerezo Barredo

Click here to view Cerezo’s artwork for each Sunday of Lectionary Year A.

“There are liberation theologians … and there are ‘liberation painters’. Maximino Cerezo Barredo is one of them. His drawings have been running for the past decades in Latin American publications and passing from one person to another without copyrights or royalties, photocopying photocopies until they wear out and become almost unrecognisable … as a true “property of the Latin American People” they are. Now they entered the time of digitization”    — quoted from the website