American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2015
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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Date/Title  
12/27/2015
1st Sunday after Christmas Year C
The vocation of God’s servants begins in childhood and is apparent in the clothes they wear and the company they keep.
12/25/2015
Christmas Day Year C
An ecstatic declaration rings out about a Messiah – to oppressed people and to working shepherds.
12/20/2015
4th Sunday of Advent Year C
In Bethlehem, ancient prophecies and songs of victory are given for those who wait for God’s deliverance.
12/13/2015
3rd Sunday in Advent Year C
Advent means the mother city pregnant with hope, and reforming prophets preparing for a Lord of peace.
12/06/2015
2nd Sunday of Advent Year C
Advent knows of Messengers, who appear with world-encompassing warnings.
11/29/2015
1st Sunday in Advent Year C
Advent looks for a leader who, through great adversity, stands for hope and a just world to come.
11/22/2015
Reign of Christ Sunday Year B
At year’s end, Christian thoughts turn to words beyond our current trials, to words about the Reign of Christ.
11/15/2015
25th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Prayers and songs of the faithful and routine priestly services anticipate the world changes expected of God’s Anointed One.
11/08/2015
24th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The widows, by God’s grace, find redeemers, in spite of the pride and prejudices of the great.
11/01/2015
23rd Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Migrants and pilgrims, in old lands and new, find renewal and liberation in their journeys.
10/25/2015
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Beyond trials and tests, God finds new ways to bring mercy and to lead faithful people toward a greater city.
10/18/2015
21st Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Whether to Job or to Jesus in Gethsemane, God’s reply to prayer may be continued suffering and a life of serving.
10/11/2015
20th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The suffering righteous seek relief, but the righteous wealthy face an even greater challenge.

10/04/2015
19th Sunday after Pentecost Year B

A righteous person may suffer, but some hear about a Son of God caring for the children.
09/27/2015
18th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Threats come to God’s people from the outside, but the disciples also find friendly people.
09/20/2015
17th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The Family of God includes: the marvelously capable woman, the Torah-directed man, the modest doer of good works, and the child in Jesus’ arms.
09/13/2015
16th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Wisdom is in the streets, and along a road toward Jerusalem.
08/30/2015
14th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
God’s Word is sometimes exuberant and spontaneous, especially after a great liberation from binding convention.
08/23/2015
13th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The House of the Lord is honored as the house of prayer, but in time a faithful remnant finds a new holy center.
08/16/2015
12th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Wisdom comes through Reverence of the Lord, and through the gifts that create human communion.
08/09/2015
11th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Revolutions test people’s truth-telling, when some must trust that their Lord taught the true way.
08/02/2015
10th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Human sin has consequences in history, even when profoundly repented, but some hear of a heavenly Bread of Life.
07/26/2015
9th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The powerful may be tempted to great sins, while the hungry are fed in God’s own way.
07/19/2015
8th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
God risks a Covenant with those of worldly power, and remains faithful to those who wait for the promised king.
07/12/2015
7th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
When the Lord comes there is ecstasy before a holy mystery – though wicked kings blunder on in evil ways.
07/05/2015
6th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Even the great City may have a humble beginning, and God’s servants may be denied by their own.
06/28/2015
5th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
Grief and anxiety come to the faithful, but the Lord responds in God’s own time.
06/21/2015
4th Sunday after Pentecost Year B
In God’s work there are victories, times when the storm of chaos is overcome by a word of peace.
06/14/2015
3rd Sunday After Pentecost Year B
God’s reign moves secretly toward great outcomes.
06/07/2015
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Year B
The Reign of God comes strangely to people in Ordinary Time.

05/31/2015
Trinity Sunday Year B

God as the Holy One invades human life, shattering earthly powers but transforming those who respond.
05/24/2015
Day of Pentacost Year B
The Spirit of God, that gives life, empowers a community of many-voiced witnesses to God’s work.
05/17/2017
7th Sunday of Easter Year B
Though remembering a heritage of betrayal, Jesus’ followers are God’s messengers to the world.
05/10/2015
6th Sunday of Easter Year B
God’s victory among the nations causes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ commandment to love.
05/03/2015
5th Sunday of Easter Year B
The risen Lord, who gave himself in love, enables people to be God’s love for each other.
04/26/2015
4th Sunday of Easter Year B
The risen Lord is the Good Shepherd, giving his life for his sheep and known to the by his Name.
04/19/2015
3rd Sunday of Easter Year B
The resurrection of Jesus releases new power, opens old scriptures, and cancels old sins.

04/12/2015
2nd Sunday of Easter Year B

The witnesses to the resurrection find new life in the community (koinonia) of the forgiven.
04/05/2015
Easter Sunday Year B
The story of Jesus is retold as gospel (good news) by witnesses of his resurrection.
03/29/2015
Palm Sunday Year B
Those who have waited for salvation welcome joyfully the coming king.
03/22/2015
5th Sunday in Lent Year B
The Passion of the Lord sealed a New Covenant, to be realized through the suffering of the faithful one.
03/15/2015
4th Sunday in Lent Year B
Healing may have mysterious depths, but redeemed ones give thanks for a way to new life.
03/08/2015
3rd Sunday in Lent Year B
Preparation for the Lord’s passion includes hearing God’s Commandments and revisiting God’s Temple.
03/01/2015
2nd Sunday in Lent Year B
The preparation for the Lord’s passion continues for those of Abraham’s covenant.
02/22/2015
1st Sunday in Lent Year B
The preparation for the Lord’s passion begins with Noah—and baptism through the flood.
02/18/2015
Ash Wednesday Year B
In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and penance are the acceptable sacrifices to God.
02/15/2015
Transfiguration Sunday Year B
The glory of God appears to humans in rare moments of transition—transition in leadership and in mission.
02/08/2015
5th Sunday after Epiphany Year B
The vast distance between God in heaven and those who wait for healing is bridged by the labor of the servant of the Lord.
02/01/2015
4th Sunday after Epiphany Year B
God provides prophetic leadership to overthrow the powers of evil and bring healing.
01/25/2015
3rd Sunday After Epiphany Year B
Those who really hear God’s call to repent make major changes in their lives.
01/18/2015
2nd Sunday After Epiphany Year B
God calls servants who are known intimately - in their most secret selves.
01/11/2015
Baptism of the Lord Year B
The baptism of Jesus is a moment in the life of God’s Spirit with the world.
01/06/2015
Epiphany Year B
Epiphany is light to the nations, whose sages come to find a king, and who hear of their inclusion in the good news.
01/04/2015
2nd Sunday after Christmas Year B
God’s own Word came to people, bringing awesome gifts of grace.

 

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