American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2012
By Dr. Jay Wilcoxen

Biblical scholar Jay Wilcoxen publishes "Biblical Words" at the Community Renewal Society website. They are also printed for the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago's EWIND and on the Region's website, with the permission of Dr. Wilcoxen.

These Lectionary Studies are presented in chronological order with the most recent at the top.
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4th Sunday of Advent
In Bethlehem, old prophecies lead to glorious songs of victory for those who wait for God's deliverance.
3rd Sunday of Advent
Advent means the mother city pregnant with hope, and reforming prophets preparing for a Lord of peace.
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent knows of Messengers who appear with world-encompassing warnings.
1st Sunday of Advent
Advent looks for a leader who, through great adversity, stands for hope and a just world to come.
The Reign of Christ
At year's end, Christian consciousness turns to what transcends our current trials, to words about the Reign of Christ.
25th Sunday after Pentecost
The struggles of the faithful in the world focus our eyes on Endings, in life and in liturgies.
24th Sunday after Pentecost
God affirms and helps faithful widows, who survive the oppressions of the mighty and the hypocritical.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
God's Torah directs the faithful to the greatest commandment, love of God and neighbor.
22th Sunday after Pentecost
Those long exiled in foreign places — or in disabling conditions — hear words of promise and restoration.
21th Sunday after Pentecost
The Servant of the Lord accepts suffering for other's sins — and teaches disciples to lead by serving.
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Prophets condemn ill-gotten gains, and disciples practice living without wealth.
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Human fulfillment is the glory of God's earth, seen in the love of marriage and children.
18th Sunday after Pentecost
The spirit of God leads people across boundaries — to encounter both allies and enemies.
17th Sunday after Pentecost
The godless are ruthless toward the innocent — so Jesus especially protects the dependent ones.
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Wisdom is found in all the cosmos, but also along a road toward Jerusalem.
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Healing is promised, instead of discrimination.
14th Sunday after Pentecost
The ancestors of old received the fixed word of God, but sometimes God puts a comma in place of a period.
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Leaders sometimes put choices to the people, choices that shape history and lead to life or death.
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Wisdom leads to a banquet, brought by the Lord in person.
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Bread really from God separates the perishing from the enduring.
10th Sunday after Pentecost
The manna in the wilderness had lessons about true heavenly bread for many later generations.
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Those who become hungry in their search for God also find food in surprising ways.
8th Sunday after Pentecost
The prophet announces that the Lord will shepherd Israel, and a Messiah will bring the unity and the healing.
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Prophets bearing words of judgment are banished, or worse, by the worldly powers that be.
6th Sunday after Pentecost
A prophet sent to the home folks may meet rejection, but God wants it known that a prophet was among them.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Human life was not created for death but for the praise and service of the Lord everlasting.
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Human appeals are dwarfed by the floods of chaos, ruled only by the Lord's word of order or peace.
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
In diverse and surprising ways, God's plantings grow and produce new life.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Human bondage by evil powers – background to the great good news.
Trinity Sunday
God as the Holy One invades human life, shattering earthly powers but transforming those who respond."
The Day of Pentecost
The Spirit of God, that gives life, empowers a community of many-voiced witnesses to God's work.
7th Sunday of Easter
Though remembering a heritage of betrayal, Jesus' followers are God's messengers sent into the world.
6th Sunday of Easter
God's victory among the nations brings them the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Jesus' commandment to love.
5th Sunday of Easter
The risen Lord, who gave himself in love, enables peoples and persons to be God's love for each other.
4th Sunday of Easter
The risen Lord is the Good Shepherd, giving his life for his sheep and known to them by his Name.
3rd Sunday of Easter
The resurrection of Jesus releases new power, opens old scriptures, and cancels old sins.
2nd Sunday of Easter
The witnesses to the resurrection find new life in the community (koinonia) of the forgiven.
Easter Sunday
The story of Jesus is retold as gospel (good news) by witnesses of his resurrection.
Palm Sunday
Those who have waited for salvation welcome joyfully the coming king.
5th Sunday in Lent
The Passion of the Lord sealed a New Covenant, to be realized through the suffering of the faithful one.
4th Sunday in Lent
Healing may have mysterious depths, but redeemed ones give thanks for a way to new life.
3rd Sunday in Lent
Preparation for the Lord's passion includes hearing God's Commandments—also, revisiting God's Temple.
2nd Sunday in Lent
The preparation for the Lord's passion continues for those of Abraham's covenant.
1st Sunday in Lent
The preparation for the Lord's passion begins with Noah—and baptism through the flood.
Ash Wednesday
In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and penance are the acceptable sacrifices to God.
Transfiguration Sunday
The glory of God appears to humans in rare moments of transition - transition in leadership and in mission.
6th Sunday after Epiphany
In sometimes surprising and humble ways, by the grace of God healing happens.
5th Sunday after Epiphany
The vast distance between God in heaven and those who wait for healing is bridged by the labor of the servant of the Lord.
4th Sunday after Epiphany
God provides prophetic leadership to overthrow the powers of evil and bring healing.
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Those who really hear God's call to repent make major changes in their lives.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
God calls servants who are known intimately—in their most secret selves.
1st Sunday After Epiphany
The baptism of Jesus is a moment in the life of God's Spirit with the world.
Epiphany is light to the nations, whose sages come to find a king, and who hear of their inclusion in the good news.
1st Sunday after Christmas
In the fullness of time God grants joy to those seeking the Consolation of Israel.


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