Paul S. Nancarrow

3rd Sunday of Easter

May 4, 2003
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 4
Reading 3: 
Acts 3:12-19 or 1 John 3:1-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 24:36b-48
By Paul S. Nancarrow

The Gospel lesson appointed for this Third Sunday in Easter is Luke’s account of how the Risen Jesus appears to his disciples on Easter night, after the women have found the tomb empty, and after Jesus has appeared to two disciples on the Emmaus Road. In this story, Luke places a heavy emphasis on the bodily nature of the Resurrection.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

April 5, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 31:9-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
Mark 14:1-15:47
By Paul S. Nancarrow

On this day, more perhaps than any other, the readings from scripture are at the service of the liturgy, and commentary, reflection, and preaching on the day’s readings must take into account how they fit into the overall flow of the liturgical action. This Sunday is unique in having two Gospel readings assigned, and the tension between these two Gospel readings, set as they are in two different moments of the liturgical action, is an inescapable factor in their functional meaning for this day.

5th Sunday in Lent

March 29, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Reading 2: 
Psalm 51:1-12
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 5:5-10
Reading 4: 
John 12:20-33
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Jeremiah 31:31-34

4th Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Numbers 21:4-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:1-10
Reading 4: 
John 3:14-21
By Paul Nancarrow

Numbers 21:4-9

4th Sunday in Lent

March 26, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus

Reading 1: 
Numbers 21:4-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:1-10
Reading 4: 
John 3:14-21
By Paul Nancarrow

Discussion of the Texts:

In the old Roman Rite, the Fourth Sunday in Lent was known as “Laetare Sunday,” from the first word of the introit of the day, “Rejoice!”—and it was traditionally a day to “lighten up” on the severity of the Lenten discipline. The lessons for this day reflect this bit of medievalism, to the extent that they focus on themes of healing and restoration.

3rd Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Exodus 20:1-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Reading 4: 
John 2:13-22
By Paul Nancarrow

Exodus 20:1-17

3rd Sunday in Lent

March 19, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus

Reading 1: 
Exodus 20:1-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Reading 4: 
John 2:13-22
By Paul Nancarrow

Discussion of the Texts:

2nd Sunday in Lent

March 8, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:23-31
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:13-25
Reading 4: 
Mark 8:31-38
By Paul Nancarrow

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

2nd Sunday in Lent

March 12, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus

Reading 1: 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:23-31
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:13-25
Reading 4: 
Mark 8:31-38
By Paul Nancarrow

Discussion of the Texts:

1st Sunday in Lent

March 1, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Genesis 9:8-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 25:1-10
Reading 3: 
1 Peter 3:18-22
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:9-15
By Paul Nancarrow

Genesis 9:8-1

1st Sunday in Lent

March 5, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus

Reading 1: 
Genesis 9:8-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 25:1-10
Reading 3: 
1 Peter 3:18-22
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:9-15
By Paul Nancarrow

Discussion of the Texts:

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 30, 2007
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

See also:
John Cobb on Incarnation

Daniel Day Williams on Incarnation
Preaching Christmas

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 63:7-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 2:10-18
Reading 4: 
Matthew 2:13-23
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 63:7-9

Proper 25

October 26, 2008
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:34-46
By Paul S. Nancarrow

The readings assigned in today’s lectionary each make sense as continuations from previous Sundays: Deuteronomy as concluding the history of Moses we’ve been tracing in the First Testament; 1 Thessalonians as another installment of the in-course readings from this epistle; Matthew as the culmination of a series of controversy stories. It is more difficult to see consistent connections between the readings.

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2009
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

See also:
John Cobb on Incarnation

Daniel Day Williams on Incarnation
Preaching Christmas

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

4th Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2007
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 7:10-16
Reading 2: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Reading 3: 
Romans 1:1-7
Reading 4: 
Matthew 1:18-25
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 7:10-16

3rd Sunday in Advent

December 16, 2007
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 35:1-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 146:5-10
Reading 3: 
James 5:7-10
Reading 4: 
Matthew 11:2-11
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 35:1-10

2nd Sunday in Advent

December 9, 2007
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 11:1-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Reading 3: 
Romans 15:4-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 3:1-12
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Isaiah 11:1-10

Proper 24

October 19, 2008
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 33:12-23
Reading 2: 
Psalm 99
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:15-22
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 33:12-23

Proper 23

October 12, 2008
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 32:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Reading 3: 
Philippians 4:1-9
Reading 4: 
Matthew 22:1-14
By Paul S. Nancarrow

One interpretive key which can help draw these disparate readings into a single process-relational framework comes from the Philippians passage: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” In one way or another, the readings assigned for this day contrast “worry,” or excessive attention to short-term details, with more proper priorities derived from the larger scope of relationship with God.

Proper 22

October 5, 2008
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
Philippians 3:4b-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21:33-46
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

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