A: Pentecost & Ordinary Time

Pentecost Sunday readings and resources for Year A…

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

Ordinary Time — Season after Pentecost: readings and worship resources… 

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)

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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalm 124           

Isaiah 51:1-6

Psalm 138           

Romans 12:1-8

Matthew 16:13-20

Worship Words resources:


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 3:1-15

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b            

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 26:1-8      

Romans 12:9-21               

Matthew 16:21-28

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship resources:

World Communion Sunday  (link to worship resources)

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

World Communion Sunday, celebrated in many countries on the first Sunday of October, offers a congregation an opportunity to hear global voices and sing international hymns.

Global Ministries USA logo

Several helpful resources, including a complete communion service and message, are available on the website of Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ USA.


World Communion Sunday worship resources:



Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23      

Isaiah 25:1-9

Psalm 23             

Philippians 4:1-9              

Matthew 22:1-14

Worship resources:

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:

Worship Words 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

Worship Words resources:

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

Re-interpretation of Matthew 25:1-13 — Gerardo Oberman, Argentina”]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

Worship Words resources:

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

Worship Words resources:

Reign of Christ Sunday resources:

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