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Narrative Lectionary

January 13 – June 9, 2019

January 13

Matthew 3:1-17. Baptism of Jesus.


        When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized, VU # 100


        Teach Me, God, To Wonder, VU # 299

January 20

Matthew 4:1-17. Jesus is tempted in the wilderness.


        O Jesus, I Have Promised, VU # 120


        Seek Ye First, VU # 356

January 27

Matthew 5:1-20. The Sermon on the Mount (also called ‘The Beatitudes.’)


        I am the Light of the World, VU # 87


        There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, VU # 271

February 3

Matthew 6:7-21. The Lord’s Prayer, and gathering up treasures in heaven.

February 10

Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29. The Golden Rule.


        Come and Find the Quiet Centre, VU # 374


        Like a Rock, MV # 92

February 17

Matthew 13:24-43. Parable of the Kingdoms.


        Walk With Me, VU # 649


        In the Bulb There is a Flower, VU # 703

February 24

Matthew 14:13-33. The story of the Feeding of the 5,000.


        It Only Takes a Spark, VU # 289


        When I Needed a Neighbour, VU # 600

March 3

Transfiguration Sunday-

Matthew 16:24–17:8. Jesus goes up the mountain and is ‘transfigured’.


        A Light is Gleaming, VU # 82


        Oh A Song Must Rise, MV # 142

March 5

‘Shrove Tuesday’, also known as ‘Pancake Tuesday’, and ‘Mardi Gras’. (Not a church service day.)

March 6

We start the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday- Matthew 18:1-9.


        Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, VU # 473


        Take Up Your Cross, VU # 561

March 10

Matthew 18:15-35. A teaching about forgiveness.


        Breathe on me, Breath of God, VU # 382


        Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive, VU # 364

March 17

Matthew 20:1-16. Labourers in the vineyard.


        For the Fruit of All Creation, VU # 227

March 24

Matthew 22:1-14. Invitation to a wedding banquet.


        Come In, Come in and Sit Down, VU # 395


        Draw the Circle Wide, MV # 145

March 31

Matthew 25:1-13. Another wedding story; this one about the bridesmaids and their lamps.


        May the God of Hope, VU # 424

April 7

Matthew 25:31-46. A story about the last judgment.


        Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ, VU # 468


        All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, VU # 334

April 14

Palm Sunday. This Sunday is the start of ‘Holy Week’, the most sacred time of the church year, as the week counts down to the Crucifixion on Good Friday, and the Resurrection of Easter morning.

Matthew 21:1-17. The triumphal entry of Jesus, into Jerusalem.


        Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, VU # 123


        He Came Riding on a Donkey, VU # 124

April 18

Maundy Thursday. This commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his followers before his betrayal and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin ‘mandate’, meaning ‘commandment.’ At the last supper, Jesus gave his followers a new commandment: that they should love others as he loved them.

Matthew 26:17-30. Not sure at this time if St Paul’s usually has a service this day.


        Go To Dark Gethsemane, VU # 133


        Shadows Gather, Deep and Cold, VU # 134

April 19

Good Friday. The crucifixion of Jesus.

Matthew 27:27-61. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”


                Beneath the Cross of Jesus, VU # 134


                Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross, VU # 142


                Were You There?, VU # 144

April 21

Easter Sunday. The most joyful Sunday of the Church year. Christ is risen- Alleluia!

Matthew 28:1-10.


        Jesus Christ is Risen Today, VU # 155


        Hallelujah, Hallelujah, VU # 179

April 28

Matthew 28:16-20. The Great Commission, as disciples are now sent out to the world. The Sunday after Easter is often called ‘Holy Humour’ Sunday, with skits, funny hats, etc.


        This Is God’s Wondrous World, VU # 296


        Called By Earth and Sky, MV # 135

May 5

During the Easter season – which lasts through to June 9th– we read from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Acts 10:1-17. Peter’s Vision.

May 12

Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18. Paul’s mission.

May 19

Romans 1:1-17. Gospel as salvation.
May 17 marks International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  Join us as we mark this important date and learn about terminology in the LGBTQ+ community.

May 26

Romans 5:1-11. God’s love is poured out.

June 2

Romans 6:1-14. Hope of resurrection.

June 9

Pentecost Sunday
Pride Service celebrating Pride Month!

Acts 2:1-4. Romans 8:14-39. Nothing can separate us. This is sometimes called ‘the birthday of the church’, and the service has a real tone of celebration to it. 

St. Paul’s will be celebrating Pride month with a special Pride Service on this date.  There will be rainbow coloured balloons, decorations and even cupcakes!  The Kids Club, Choir and Bank will be performing special music for us as we celebrate Pride in fine form!