October Readings

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Sunday, October 4

Lectionary 27, Year A

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 5:1-7

The song of the vineyard

Psalm 80:7-15

Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine. (Ps. 80:14, 15)

Philippians 3:4b-14

Nothing surpasses the value of knowing Christ

Matthew 21:33-46

The parable of the vineyard owner’s son

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

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

The commandments given at Sinai

Psalm 19

The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart. (Ps. 19:8)

Sunday, October 11

Lectionary 28, Year A

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 25:1-9

The feast of victory

Psalm 23

You prepare a table before me, and my cup is running over. (Ps. 23:5)

Philippians 4:1-9

Rejoice in the Lord always

Matthew 22:1-14

The parable of the unwelcome guest at the wedding feast

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

Exodus 32:1-14

The Israelites forge a golden calf

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Remember, O Lord, the favor you have for your people. (Ps. 106:4)

Sunday, October 18

Lectionary 29, Year A

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 45:1-7

An earthly ruler as the instrument of God’s will

Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]

Ascribe to the Lord honor and power. (Ps. 96:7)

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Thanksgiving for the church at Thessalonica

Matthew 22:15-22

A teaching on giving to the emperor and to God

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

Exodus 33:12-23

The glory of God revealed to Moses

Psalm 99

Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God. (Ps. 99:5)

Sunday, October 25

Lectionary 30, Year A

21st Sunday after Pentecost

Readings and Psalm

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

Holiness revealed in acts of justice

Psalm 1

Their delight is in the law of the Lord. (Ps. 1:2)

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

The apostle’s tender care for the Thessalonians

Matthew 22:34-46

Two great commandments: love for God and neighbor

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

The death of Moses

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children. (Ps. 90:16)

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