American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2014
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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1st Sunday after Christmas
In the fullness of time God grants joy to those seeking the Consolation of Israel.
Christmas Day
An ecstatic declaration rings out about a Messiah — to oppressed people and to working shepherds.
4th Sunday of Advent
God’s promise to David sends a mystery into the world—which could become very intimate and personal.
3rd Sunday in Advent
Those who mourn shall be comforted by the coming of the Anointed One.
2nd Sunday in Advent
Out of judgment there comes a voice, which prepares the Way.
1st Sunday in Advent

The suffering ones cry out, How long O Lord?  Advent begins with God’s judgment on a world of oppression, greed, and violence. 

Reign of Christ Sunday
God’s special care is for the lost sheep, “the least of these,” to whom God sends the good shepherd, Christ the King.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
People of faith live in times of Waiting – in oppression, in repentance, in newly awakened hope, in responsibility for time and talent.
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Even after God’s great redemptive deeds, the faithful live on in the world, challenged to be faithful and prepared.
21st Sunday after Pentecost
God’s awesome deeds create leaders, but titles and pomp are not for the Lord’s humble servants.
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Moses was an awesome servant of God; to later generations the bringer of the Great Commandments.
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Israelites wondered how God was present to Moses, and Jesus expected us to distinguish God’s stuff from the Emperor’s.
18th Sunday after Pentecost
The chosen people may commit great sin, but God’s purpose still prevails through God’s own mediating servants.
17th Sunday after Pentecost
The Law of God is an awesome revelation, but the divine patience is even more profound.
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Water from the rock validated Moses’ authority, and John’s baptism foreshadows Jesus’ authority.
15th Sunday after Pentecost
God provides food to a doubting people, and a Generous Employer pays incommensurate wages.
14th Sunday after Pentecost Year
Israelites sang God’s triumph over Pharaoh, and Jesus people were taught to forgive each other.
13th Sunday after Pentecost Year
Deliverance involves both the redeemed and their enemies, and even the community of love needs ways to keep its boundaries.
12th Sunday after Pentecost Year
God’s salvation has critical turning points — a plan to send a deliverer to Egypt, the turn of an Anointed One toward Jerusalem.
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Oppressed Israel hides a Moses, Peter confesses a Messiah, and Paul calls for a spiritual worship.
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Israel was first in God’s salvation design, but the goal was for all people of faith to find an inclusive grace.
9th Sunday after Pentecost
The stories of Joseph and Jesus are simple, but loaded with veiled challenges to faith, past and present.
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Israel received its name and destiny in struggle, a struggle that included tension between need and abundance.
7th Sunday After Pentecost
Life brings surprising reversals, in married life and in parables, but also God’s promise of unending love.
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Holy places may be unseen by profane eyes, and people living by God’s Spirit may be found side by side with the unrighteous.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
People feel bound by their tribal ethos, but life in the Spirit can lift them beyond such boundaries.
4th Sunday after Pentecost
The cycles of the generations and the struggles of the soul are promised rest at the end of the journey.
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
The life of faith leads to sacrifices – sometimes beyond belief, but finally as God provides.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Separations. For petty reasons, and for total life commitments. Yet God goes with the separated.
Trinity Sunday
The Fullness of God unfolds as Creator, exalted Humanity, and Spirit sanctifying space and time.
Pentecost Sunday
The Holy Spirit breaks out -- inside or outside accustomed boundaries.

7th Sunday of Easter

Luke taught that the earthly work of Jesus had an end: the Ascension.
6th Sunday of Easter
Philosophers learn about an unknown God and disciples receive the Spirit of Truth.
5th Sunday of Easter
The witnesses to Jesus’ lordship face great costs and great fulfillments.
4th Sunday of Easter
The Lord – as shepherd – creates a caring and supportive community.
3rd Sunday of Easter
The risen Lord opens the scriptures, opens the eyes, and opens the way to a new life.
2nd Sunday of Easter
The apostles, witnesses of the resurrection, recall the scriptures and offer forgiveness.
Easter Sunday
Things become new, victories celebrated, living set in a heavenly light – God’s work of resurrection.
Good Friday
“…even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” (John 3:14, KJV)
Palm Sunday
5th Sunday in Lent
As Lent nears its end, the faithful hear rumors of resurrection to a new life in the Spirit.
4th Sunday in Lent
The God who knows the hearts of mortals sends an Anointed One to bring sight to those who have not seen.
3rd Sunday in Lent
Lent is a time of trial and testing, when God provides water and a discipline for new life.
2nd Sunday in Lent
Abraham responded to God’s promise with complete faith, but not all can accept such a divine challenge.
1st Sunday in Lent
Humans tend to take the ways of the world as the burdens of sin, but the Servant shows a way beyond temptation.
Transfiguration Sunday
The work of God’s Servant conceals a divine glory and sanction, which chosen ones sometimes glimpse momentarily.
7th Sunday after Epiphany
Receiving God’s Law is a summons to imitate the holy and perfect heavenly Parent.
6th Sunday after Epiphany
God’s law aims to bring God’s people to maturity, to grown up choices and conduct.
5th Sunday after Epiphany
God seeks authentic devotion and life in place of the artificial and worldly.
4th Sunday after Epiphany
God requires a reversal of the world’s expectations, so the poor and the meek will inherit the ultimate blessings.
3rd Sunday After Epiphany
To whom does the Servant come? The light begins in Galilee of the nations.
2nd Sunday After Epiphany
The Servant of the Lord – on a mission to bring light to the nations.
Baptism of the Lord
God’s Servant is empowered by the Spirit for a mission to the nations.
Epiphany Sunday
Epiphany is about a brilliant light coming into the world for all the nations.


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