Lectionary Worship Resources

Worship Resources on Sustainable Living
Date: Christ the King - Nov. 23, 2014
Focus Text: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Worship Resources on Ending Hunger
Date: Proper 13 - Aug. 3, 2014
Focus Text: Matthew 14:13-21
Worship Resources on Immigration
Date: Easter 3 - May 4, 2014
Focus Text: Luke 24:13-35
Worship Resources on The Death Penalty
Date: Good Friday - Apr. 18, 2014
Focus Text: John 18:1-19:42
Worship Resources on Restorative Justice
Date: 5th Sunday in Lent - Apr. 6, 2014
Focus Text: Psalm 130

 

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Welcome to Acts of Faith: Free Lectionary Resources for Prophetic Worship from the NC Council of Churches. We offer these free lectionary resources because we believe that this project helps to fill a vital need in our communities of faith: local, prophetic worship resources. Acts of Faith is a tool for pastors and worship leaders as they seek to integrate the biblical theme of shalom and the language of justice into their communal life of worship.

Acts of Faith addresses many different themes each liturgical year. The themes chosen for inclusion reflect the Council’s focus areas of work. Each topic contains additional Scriptural texts; preaching aids – including Scripture commentary and reflection written by a North Carolina pastor or other religious leader; worship resources such as prayers, litanies, and hymn suggestions; and issue-based statistics and facts. Most units also contain a personal vignette by or about a North Carolinian directly affected by the issue. We hope that you will find many different ways to use Acts of Faith in your own church setting. There are numerous possibilities – be creative! And if you do find our free lectionary resources to be useful, please consider donating so that we continue this work. Thank you.

Lectionary Year A

Lectionary Week Date Focus Text Topic
1st Sunday in Advent December 1, 2013 Isaiah 2:1-5 Peace
2nd Sunday in Advent December 8, 2013 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Responsible Leadership
3rd Sunday in Advent December 15, 2013 James 5:7-10 Resisting Oppression
3rd Sunday in Advent (Alternate) December 15, 2013 Psalm 146:5-10 Justice for the Oppressed
4th Sunday in Advent December 22, 2013 Matthew 1:18-25 Vulnerable Mothers
1st Sunday after Christmas December 29, 2013 Matthew 2:13-23 Refugees
Epiphany of the Lord January 6, 2014 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Public Accountability
Baptism of the Lord January 12, 2014 Acts 10:34-43 Racism & Reconciliation
Epiphany 3 January 26, 2014 I Corinthians 1:10-18 The Unity of the Church
Epiphany 4 February 2, 2014 Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes
Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014 Isaiah 58:1-12 Human Rights
4th Sunday in Lent March 30,2014 John 9:1-41 Awareness of Those With Disabilities
5th Sunday in Lent April 6, 2014 Psalm 130 Restorative Justice
Good Friday April 18, 2014 John 18:1-19:42 The Death Penalty
Third Sunday in Easter May 4, 2014 Luke 24:13-35 Immigration
Ascension of the Lord May 29, 2014 Psalm 93 Focus on Eastern NC
Pentecost June 8, 2014 I Corinthians 12:3-13 Christian Unity
Proper 6 N/A Matthew 9:35-10:8 Access to Healthcare
Proper 8 June 29, 2014 Matthew 10:40-42 Immigration & Hospitality
Proper 10 July 13, 2014 Isaiah 55:10-13 Focus on Western NC
Proper 13 August 4, 2014 Matthew 14:13-21 Ending Hunger
Proper 16 August 24, 2014 Romans 12:1-8 Building Christian Community
Proper 19 September 14, 2014 Romans 14:1-12 Conflict Resolution
Proper 20 September 21, 2014 Matthew 20:1-16 Sabbath Economics
 Proper 21 September 28, 2014 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Public Education
 Proper 24 October 19, 2014 Matthew 22:15-22 Tax Fairness
 Christ the King November 23, 2014 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Sustainable Living

Lectionary Year B

Lectionary Week Date Focus Text Topic
2nd Sunday in Advent December 2, 2014 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Peace
3rd Sunday in Advent December 14, 2014 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Criminal Justice
5th Sunday in Epiphany February 8, 2015 Mark 1:29-39 Health Care
1st Sunday in Lent February 22,2015 Genesis 9:8-17 Care of Creation
3rd Sunday in Lent March 8, 2015 John 2:13-22 Predatory Lending
2nd Sunday of Easter April 12, 2015 Acts 4:32-35 Living Wages
4th Sunday of Easter April 26, 2015 John 10:11-18 Interfaith Connections
5th Sunday of Easter May 3, 2015 1 John 4:7-21 State Budget as a Moral Document
Day of Pentecost May 24, 2015 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Death Penalty
Proper 13 August 2, 2015 Ephesians 4:1-16 Christian Unity
Proper 17 August 30, 2015 James 1:17-27 Supporting Workers
Proper 20 September 20, 2015 Mark 9:30-37 Public Education
Proper 23 October 11, 2015 Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Domestic Violence
Proper 26 November 1, 2015 Ruth 1:1-18 Justice for Immigrants
Proper 27 November 8, 2015 Mark 12:38-44 Extravagant Generosity
Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2015 Psalm 126 Justice for Farmworkers

Lectionary Year C

Lectionary Week Date Focus Text Topic
4th Sunday in Advent December 20, 2015 Luke 1:47-55 Justice for the Downtrodden
4th Sunday in Epiphany January 31, 2016 Luke 4:21-30 Embracing the Excluded
6th Sunday in Epiphany N/A (not observed this year) Luke 6:17-26 Lifting Up the Poor
1st Sunday in Lent February 14, 2016 Romans 10:8b-13 Racism & Reconciliation
4th Sunday in Lent March 6, 2016 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Celebrating Abrahamic Faiths
4th Sunday of Easter April 17, 2016 Acts 9:36-43 Care for HIV/AIDS Patients
Pentecost May 15, 2016 John 14:8-17, 25-27 Peace
Proper 6 June 12, 2016 Luke 7:36-8:3 Gender Equality
Proper 8 June 26, 2016 Luke 9:51-62 Affordable Housing
Proper 13 July 31, 2016 Luke 12:13-21 Materialism & Consumerism
Proper 16 August 21, 2016 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Hunger
Proper 20 September 18, 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Mental Health Care
Proper 21 September 25, 2016 Luke 16:19-31 Living Wages
Proper 25 October 23, 2016 Joel 2:23-32 Native American Spirituality
Proper 26 November  13, 2016 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Gun Violence
Proper 28 November 13, 2016 Psalm 98 Climate Change & Sustainability

Index by Scripture

GENESIS

RUTH

PSALMS

ISAIAH

JEREMIAH

EZEKIEL

JOEL

AMOS

HABAKKUK

MATTHEW

MARK

LUKE

JOHN

ACTS

ROMANS

I CORINTHIANS

II CORINTHIANS

EPHESIANS

JAMES

I JOHN

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