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The Layman's Guide to the Lectionary

The Layman's Guide to the Lectionary

By Rev. Steve Andrews Jr.
Many churches use a lectionary, a series of Bible readings, in their worship together. In a one year lectionary, you would read the same Scriptures in church this weekend next year that you would read this weekend. In this podcast, we will do a weekly Bible study (50-60 minutes) on the LCMS' three year lectionary, which is what we use in the congregation I serve. Our lectionary includes an Old Testament reading, Epistle reading, and Gospel reading. It is Pastor Andrews' goal to help you grow deeper in your understanding and love of God's Word. You may reach him at andrews@gracefaithlove.org.
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Year B - Second Sunday of Easter
Christ is Risen!!! On this Sunday in the Easter season, we read from Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1-2:2, and John 20:19-31, learning about the earliest Christians and how they lived together, how Jesus forgives our sins, and how Jesus appeared to the disciples after rising from the dead. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:39
April 7, 2021
Year B - Easter Day
As we celebrate the resurrection together this weekend, we read from Isaiah 25:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, and Mark 16:1-8. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:05
April 1, 2021
Year B - Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
We come to the beginning of Holy Week, with readings from Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11, and Mark 14-15.  Having already covered the first two readings in previous episodes, today we cover the passion narrative of Christ from Mark's gospel. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:03:18
March 24, 2021
Year B - Fifth Sunday in Lent
We read this weekend about the new covenant of God's forgiveness for us (Jeremiah 31:31-34), how Jesus is our great High Priest (Hebrews 5:1-10), and we see how Jesus' kingdom is not like this world's kingdoms, nor is it what the disciples expect it to be (Mark 10:(32-34) 35-45). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:06
March 17, 2021
Year B - Fourth Sunday in Lent
A couple of the most famous verses in God's Word show up this weekend, with Ephesians 2:1-10 (8-9 that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works) and John 3:14-21 (16, for God so loved the world).  Also, we pair those up with Numbers 21:4-9 and the plague of fiery serpents. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:05
March 10, 2021
Year B - Third Sunday in Lent
We hear the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17, the foolishness of God versus the wisdom of men in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, and Jesus cleansing the temple in John 2:13-22 (23-25 optional). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:01
March 3, 2021
Year B - Second Sunday in Lent
This weekend we look at Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (God's promise to Abram/Abraham), Romans 5:1-11 (while we were still sinners, Christ died for us), and Mark 8:27-38 (who is Jesus and what does it mean to follow Him?). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:10:07
February 24, 2021
Year B - First Sunday in Lent
As we begin the season of Lent together, we do so with texts that point us to trials and temptations.  We read from Genesis 22:1-18, James 1:12-18, and Mark 1:9-15. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod · Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x · License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:43
February 17, 2021
Year B - The Transfiguration of Our Lord
Jesus is transfigured before the eyes of three of His disciples.  But, what's this even all about? Why are Elijah and Moses there?  What is the point?  Listen to God's Word this week from 2 Kings 2:1-12, 2 Corinthians 3:12-13 (14-18); 4:1-6, and Mark 9:2-9. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:02:57
February 10, 2021
Year B - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
In our texts this weekend, we behold the power of God, His care for us as His people, and the task He has left us to share the gospel with others.  Listen in as we study Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-27, and Mark 1:29-39. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:09:10
February 3, 2021
Year B - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
We study from Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (that God will provide a prophet for His people, ultimately in Jesus), 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 (that we shouldn't just do whatever we want, but seek to love our brothers), and Mark 1:21-28 (the unique authority of Jesus in Word and deed). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:06:54
January 27, 2021
Year B - Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Our common thread in the texts this weekend is the calling to serve the Lord in whatever work He has given you to do.  Hear the Word of the Lord from Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, (32-35); and Mark 1:14-20. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:08:44
January 20, 2021
Year B - Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Hear the calling of Samuel to serve as God's prophet, along with the rebuke of Eli the priest, from 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); the profound idea that we are the body of Christ and what we do matters from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; and the calling of Philip and Nathanael from John 1:43-51. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:06:18
January 13, 2021
Year B - The Baptism of Our Lord
This weekend our churches are celebrating the baptism of Jesus.  Jump in for the very first words of Scripture from Genesis 1:1-5, a profound gospel truth of who your master is from Romans 6:1-11, and Mark's gospel account of the baptism of Jesus in Mark 1:4-11. AgnusDei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:09:10
January 7, 2021
Year B - Second Sunday after Christmas
This week we get the rest of Luke's account of the boy Jesus.  There truly isn't much in Scripture about the first 30ish years of His earthly life, so come hear what little we do know!  Our readings are from 1 Kings 3:4-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, and Luke 2:40-52. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:02:32
December 30, 2020
Year B - First Sunday after Christmas
In our readings from Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 4:4-7, and Luke 2:22-40, each text tells us a little more about who this Jesus is, and what He will do for His people, for all people. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:12
December 22, 2020
Year B - Fourth Sunday in Advent
The promise of an heir who would forever sit on David's throne is fulfilled when the angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will bear a Son named Jesus.  Readings this week are from 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Romans 16:25-27, and Luke 1:26-38. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:11
December 16, 2020
Year B - Third Sunday in Advent
We read of the work of the Messiah from Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; and John 1:6-8, 19-28. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
59:46
December 10, 2020
Year B - Second Sunday in Advent
This week's focus turns to the arrival of the Savior first proclaimed by the Prophet John the Baptist.  We read from Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-14, and Mark 1:1-8. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:06:12
December 3, 2020
Year B - First Sunday in Advent
Happy New Year brothers and sisters in Christ!  Join me as we study together from Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37, with our eyes fixed on Christ's return. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:56
November 26, 2020
Year A - Last Sunday of the Church Year
This weekend concludes the Church year, which means next week is our New Year celebration!  Today we look at texts once more about Christ's return and the day of judgment that awaits, from Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, and Matthew 25:31-46. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:04:31
November 18, 2020
Year A - Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
We continue to learn about the Day of the Lord from Zephaniah 1:7-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link:       https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:02:16
November 11, 2020
Year A - Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
The texts from Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Matthew 25:1-13 focus on the day of the Lord which always refers to His judgment, but often more specifically to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
58:38
November 4, 2020
Year A - All Saints' Day
This weekend we praise the Lord for saving all of our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before us.  Our readings for All Saints' Day include: Revelation 7:(2-8) 9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, and Matthew 5:1-12. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:00:42
October 28, 2020
Year A - Reformation Sunday
This weekend we celebrate the Reformation in our churches, that God led us to rediscover the beauty of His gospel, that we are not saved by our own works, but by the blood of Christ shed for us upon the cross!  Come see how Revelation 14:6-7, Romans 3:19-28, and Matthew 11:12-19 help us celebrate this wondrous truth. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
56:56
October 22, 2020
Year A - Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
The readings this week include Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:08
October 14, 2020
Year A - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We learn of the heavenly feast God prepares for His people in Isaiah 25:6-9 and Matthew 22:1-14, and then also hear Paul's encouragement to the Church in Philippians 4:4-13. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:26
October 7, 2020
Year A - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings from Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4b-14, and Matthew 21:33-46.  Two of the texts focus on vineyard parables and God's judgment, while the middle reading focuses on how God saves us, not our own works. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:00:14
September 30, 2020
Year A - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts from Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32, Philippians 2:1-4, (5-13), 14-28, and Matthew 21:23-27 (28-32). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:07:07
September 23, 2020
Year A - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The texts for this weekend are from Isaiah 55:6-9, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30, and Matthew 20:1-16.  The common focus is on the idea that God's ways are higher than our ways, and we rejoice in that! Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:03:38
September 16, 2020
Year A - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Our texts this weekend (Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 14:1-12, and Matthew 18:21-35) help us learn what it means to forgive one another. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:03:15
September 10, 2020
Year A - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Our readings are from Ezekiel 33:7-9, Romans 13:1-10, and Matthew 18:1-20.  Join us as we talk about loving our neighbor, the role of earthly governors and where their authority comes from, and also being humble as little children as we dodge millstones and lawsuits by forgiving one another. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:07:45
September 2, 2020
Year A - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This weekend we read from Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12:9-21, and Matthew 16:21-28.  The common theme of these texts is giving up our life to serve Christ by loving our neighbor. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:27
August 24, 2020
Year A - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Our readings for the week are from Isaiah 51:1-6, Romans 11:33-12:8, and Matthew 16:13-20. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:08:17
August 18, 2020
Year A - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
This week's texts focus on the salvation of God being for all people, as He calls the world to Himself.  We read from Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32, and Matthew 15:21-28. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:09:16
August 13, 2020
Year A - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
The readings for this weekend are from Job 38:4-18, Romans 10:5-17, and Matthew 14:22-33. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:02:23
August 5, 2020
Year A - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Readings for the week from Isaiah 55:1-5, Romans 9:1-13, and Matthew 14:13-21. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:07:12
July 29, 2020
Year A - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
We discuss treasure and how no one can steal Christ's gifts from you from Deuteronomy 7:6-9, Romans 8:28-39, and Matthew 13:44-52. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:37
July 22, 2020
Year A - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Our readings for the weekend of July 19th include Isaiah 44;6-8, Romans 8:18-27, and Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:02:08
July 15, 2020
Year A - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Lots of wonderful gospel in our Old Testament reading (Isaiah 55:10-13) and Epistle (Romans 8:12-17) this week, to go along with the Gospel reading from Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:10:60
July 8, 2020
Year A - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost include Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7:14-25a, and Matthew 11:25-30. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
57:01
June 30, 2020
Year A - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
This weekend's texts are Jeremiah 28:5-9 (false prophets), Romans 7:1-13 (the Law is good, but we are now married to Christ), and Matthew 10:34-42 (following Jesus isn't what we often think it is). Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:03:21
June 24, 2020
Year A - Third Sunday after Pentecost
This weekend's texts are from Jeremiah 20:7-13, Romans 6:12-23, and Matthew 10:5a, 21-33. Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:08:50
June 17, 2020
Year A - Second Sunday after Pentecost
This weekend continues the long journey through the season of Pentecost where God works in His Church through His Spirit to proclaim the good news to all nations.  For this weekend, the texts include Exodus 19:2-8, Romans 6:5-15, and Matthew 9:35-10:8. Music: Agnus Dei X by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3344-agnus-dei-x License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:06:23
June 11, 2020
Year A - Trinity
As we celebrate the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), we have three Scriptures that point us to all three persons: Genesis 1:1-2a, Acts 2:14a, 22-36, and Matthew 28:16-20.
01:05:08
June 3, 2020
Year A - Pentecost
This weekend our churches celebrate Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter, when God pours out His Spirit upon the Church.  Readings include Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21, and John 7:37-39.
57:05
May 27, 2020
Year A - Seventh Sunday of Easter
For the final week of the Easter season, we study from Acts 1:12-26, 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11, and John 17:1-11.
01:07:08
May 19, 2020
Year A - Sixth Sunday of Easter
Our texts this week deal with our connection to Christ in His suffering and in His resurrection, and how we can witness these things to our neighbor.  We read from Acts 17:16-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, and John 14:15-21.
01:05:18
May 13, 2020
Year A - Fifth Sunday of Easter
This weekend's readings come from Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; and John 14:1-14.
01:00:33
May 6, 2020
Year A - Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 3, 2020
For this weekend, our readings come from Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, and John 10:1-10.
55:57
April 29, 2020
Year A - Third Sunday of Easter
The readings for April 26, 2020 include Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1:17-25, and Luke 24:13-35.
01:02:59
April 22, 2020
Year A - Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:29-42, 1 Peter 1:3-9, and John 20:19-31 are our readings for the week.  All three point to the resurrection of Christ and the sharing of this good news with others!
01:05:18
April 15, 2020
Year A - Easter Day
We look at the texts of our Lord's Resurrection from Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, and Matthew 28:1-10.
59:09
April 8, 2020
Year A - Passion/Palm Sunday
For our churches celebrating Passion or Palm Sunday this weekend, our readings are focused on the humiliation and crucifixion of Jesus: Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, and Matthew 27:11-66.
01:05:12
April 1, 2020
Year A - 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:1-11, and John 11:1-45 are our texts for the week.  Our three readings all share the idea that God is the author of life and death.  He is in control, and has the authority and power to raise us from the dead.  And for those trivia lovers out there, is "Jesus wept," actually the shortest verse in the Bible???  
01:01:28
March 25, 2020
Year A - 4th Sunday in Lent
Today we look at the themes of darkness and light in Isaiah 42:14-21, Ephesians 5:8-14, and John 9:1-41.
54:14
March 18, 2020
Introduction and Purpose
Many churches use a lectionary, that is a series of Bible readings that are used in their worship together.  In a one year lectionary, you would read the same Scriptures in church this weekend next year that you would read this weekend.  In this podcast, we will do a weekly Bible study (45-60 minutes) on the LCMS' three year lectionary, which is what we use in the congregation I serve.  Our lectionary includes an Old Testament reading, Epistle reading, and Gospel reading, for each week of the church calendar year.  It is my goal to help you grow deeper in your understanding of God's Word by providing context and commentary, as well as showing you how these verses all point you to who Jesus is and what He's done for you!
02:26
March 16, 2020