American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2013
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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First Sunday After Christmas
The people praise God, but the Messiah knows a fugitive life among a sorrowing people.
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Births as signs of saving events and the giving of names reveal God’s Secret Work.
Third Sunday in Advent
Advent anticipates a time of healing and joy for those previously excluded from God’s safe highway.
Second Sunday in Advent
God’s judgment comes with a righteous judge, an heir of David.
First Sunday in Advent
The liturgical year begins with visions that place the world under God’s judgment.

Reign of Christ Sunday

At the end of the liturgical year, the faithful hear the promise of the Reign of Christ.
26th Sunday after Pentecost
People of faith hear about paradise or salvation on earth, but also about work and watchfulness before the great time.
25th Sunday after Pentecost
A new temple and a new life call the faithful to work.
24th Sunday after Pentecost
The righteous survive by their faith, and wealthy sinners may get a second chance.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
The spirit of the Lord crosses boundaries of age, class, and gender, humbling the proud and pronouncing the humble righteous.
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Hearts inscribed with torah, the murmurings of unrelenting prayer – these are the marks of the faithful.
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Exile (Diaspora) carries God’s blessing to the nations, and the suffering of the elect advances the message of new life.
20th Sunday after Pentecost
The agony of God’s judgment is cruel, but the faithful learn humility in the Lord’s work.
19th Sunday after Pentecost
And what of the future – land is bought during a siege, ungenerous wealth ends beyond a great abyss.
18th Sunday after Pentecost
There is both human and divine pain – because of evils humans bring upon themselves through the misguided shrewdness of this age.
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Those skilled in doing evil bring chaos, while apostles and disciples know joy because God finds the lost.
16th Sunday after Pentecost
God keeps bringing up choices – for nations engaged in evil, slave owners living the faith, and disciples on the journey of their lives.
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Chosen people betray the heritage of their God, while others journey on toward the etiquette of God’s banquet.
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Prophets experience divine constraint, pilgrims pass through shaking times, and Jesus places compassion above divine law.
13th Sunday after Pentecost
God judges his own choice vineyard, and pilgrims find hard going on their way to a better time.
11th Sunday after Pentecost
God’s love may temper even God’s justice, but the new life excludes the idolatry of greed.
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Fathers and children may symbolize God’s disciplining and love, with prayers freeing the children from fears and want.
9th Sunday after Pentecost
For some people prophets have words of doom; for others a message of divine Wisdom that radically changes priorities.
8th Sunday after Pentecost
The judgment of God can mean national death, though God’s will is for the practical compassion of the Good Samaritan.
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Prophets and apostles bring healing and a time of decision for villages along the way.
6th Sunday after Pentecost
God’s Spirit empowers followers, imposing great demands, but opening a life of mutual love.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Prophets and apostles encounter hard times, including death-threats, demons, and separate tables.
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Righteous folks suffer from powerful people, but there is a gospel of freedom and a forgiving Lord.
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Unexpected interventions make possible new life.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
The Lord performs awesome wonders that change things for peoples and nations.
Trinity Sunday
The Being of God, revealed in creation and redemption, reflects its image in the Human, male and female.
The Spirit of Pentecost transcends the diversity of languages, and is carried by disciples into an unknowing world.
7th Sunday of Easter
Jesus’ Departure is a separation from but not an abandonment of the world.
6th Sunday of Easter
The Holy Spirit leads to new missions and new insights, offering joy to peoples and nations, however embattled by evil they may be.
5th Sunday of Easter
The peoples of the nations, all of heaven and earth, are included in the new command to love one another.
4th Sunday of Easter
The Good Shepherd, glorified in power, brings new life to God’s people who are in his care.
3rd Sunday of Easter
The Risen Lord sends servants into the world – while a heavenly court praises the worthy Lamb.
2nd Sunday of Easter
Easter creates Alleluias, a heavenly drama, and a new Presence empowering mission and forgiveness.
Easter Sunday
Ecstatic news of God’s new work leads to a vacant tomb – and retelling the gospel story.
Good Friday
… crucified under Pontius Pilate… "Certainly this man was innocent."
Palm Sunday
Ecstatic news of God’s new work leads to a vacant tomb – and retelling the gospel story.
The 5th Sunday in Lent
From tension to hope – exiles to home, the hungry to harvests, the Law to faith, a rich consecration for death.
The 4th Sunday in Lent
From Old Ways to New Ways: Promised Land, Reconciliation to God, a Prodigal Hitting Bottom.
The 3rd Sunday in Lent
People who are thirsty and hungry seek the nourishment of God’s word — a word about repentance, returning to their covenant.
The 2nd Sunday in Lent
God’s covenant sets believing servants on journeys — toward a promised land, or the city of the Passion.
The 1st Sunday in Lent
Folks who trust in the Lord and confess God’s saving deeds are delivered from temptation by God’s Holy Word.
Ash Wednesday
In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and pleas for forgiveness are the acceptable sacrifices to God.
Transfiguration Sunday
God’s Glory — awesome and elusive, but marking out special Servants.
The 4th Sunday after Epiphany
God calls prophets to deliver news both bad and good, but even good news can be a threat to privileged home folks.
The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
The reading of the scriptures gathers God’s people – and sometimes an Anointed One reads them.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
The joy of Epiphany season is that of extravagant weddings!
Baptism of the Lord
The Spirit and Voice of God prepare a Servant for God’s people.
Epiphany Sunday
Epiphany is about a brilliant light coming into the world for all the nations.


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