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April Lectionary

Common Lectionary Schedule


New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible
April 2, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14
1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set
me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me all around them; there were
very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones
live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know. 4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and
say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I
will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh
to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you
shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I
prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its
bone. 8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had
covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath,
prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O
breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 I prophesied as he commanded me,
and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. 11 Then
he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried
up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely. 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus
says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my
people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD,
when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit
within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I,
the LORD, have spoken and will act," says the LORD.
April 9, 2017
Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29


1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and
give thanks to the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall
enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become
my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief
cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is
the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save us, we
beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success! 26 Blessed is
the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of
the LORD. 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal
procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I
will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. 29 O give thanks to the
LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43
34Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows
no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is
right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people
of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. 37 That
message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who
were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to
all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by
hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed
him to appear,41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God
as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the
dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he
is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the
prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
forgiveness of sins through his name."
April 23, 2017
Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 22-32


14a But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,

22"You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested
to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among
you, as you yourselves know- 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite
plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside
the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was
impossible for him to be held in its power. 25 For David says concerning him, 'I saw the
Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in
hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience
corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of
gladness with your presence. 29 "Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our
ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30
Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would
put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this, David spoke of the
resurrection of the Messiah, saying, 'He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh
experience corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41


14a But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,

36"Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has
made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified. 37 Now when
they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other
apostles, "Brothers, what should we do? 38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may
be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is
for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the
Lord our God calls to him. 40 And he testified with many other arguments and
exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. 41 So
those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three
thousand persons were added.