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The table below contains the ancient or historic pericope, The Hamburg Pericopes and the Eisenach Selections. The historic pericopes will be used for the Epistle and Gospel readings. The sermon text will be taken from the Hamburg Pericope Epistles

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Scripture Lessons "Pericope" is the name given to the part of the Bible which is selected for reading on a particular Sunday. This is from a Greek word meaning "cut around". A "lectionary" (from the Latin word for "reading") is a book or list containing all the pericopes for a liturgical year. In the early church, the pericopes often formed a continuous reading through a book of the Bible. This pattern is still found to some degree in the present lectionary; but as the church year developed through history, the pericopes were keyed more and more to the themes of the developing seasons and festivals. The use of standard pericopes ensures a balanced and complete presentation of the truths found in the whole Bible. The Jewish synagogue during the time of the Apostles' had readings, one from the law (books of Moses) and one from the prophets, followed by an address concerning them. Acts 13:15

Early Christians continued these readings in their worship, later adding readings from the epistles as they were written, and then from the Gospels. Colossians 4:16 For a long while in recent history, Old Testament lessons were not commonly read, but now they are once again being restored to their proper place in worship. The response to the Old Testament and Epistle lessons, "Thanks be to God", found in Divine Service I of Lutheran Worship, originated as a password given to the door keeper of a worship service during times of persecution in the early church. "Epistle" is the Latin word meaning "letter". These books of the Bible were first written as letters sent by the Apostles to churches and individuals. The scripture lessons build to a climax in the Gospel. The Old Testament lesson, pointing toward its fulfillment in the Gospel, is first followed by the epistle, which often applies the message of the Gospel.

It is incumbent upon the minister or pastor to divide the Word of truth. this duty applies not only to the particular text upon which he happens to be preaching, but also to the whole round of truth which he expounds and applies. Because carefully selected pericope texts take the whole range of divine truth into purview, the minister who follows a stated pericope series can, in the course of the Church Year, touch upon practically all of the vital truths of faith and life.



THE HISTORIC PERICOPES
The most familiar series of texts for the Church Year are the ancient or historic pericopes, which include lessons from both the Gospels and the Epistles. These have been in use from the earliest times and with only slight variations are still used today in the Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Roman rites. These were read in The Service and usually formed the text for the sermon so that in time they became a sort of Bible for the worshiper containing a great sotre of priceless truths made living through serial preaching upon them. They are supplemented here by a series of Old Testament selections made by the Commission on a Common Liturgy. These Old Testament selections, paralleling the Epistle and the Gospel selections, add variety and stimulation for the preacher without changing the essentials.

The HAMBURG PERICOPES
Four series of pericopes were introduce in 1843 in the provincial Church of Hamburg. Of these, two were based on the historic Epistle and Gospel selections with only slight variations and are therefore not listed. Those here given cosist of Epistle and Gospel selections with the addition of fifteen tests from the Book of Acts in the non-festival half of the Church Year. In addition, five texts from the Psalms and the Prophets are interspersed among the Gospel selections. The Epistles also contain a number of texts from the Prophets as well as one from the Book of Revelation.

The EISENACH SELECTIONS
The Evangelische-Kirchliche Konferenz,formed in 1852, became the official bond between the Evangelical State Churches of Germany. Although its decisions were only advisory, the Eisenach Conference accomplished much in the field of hymnology, liturgiology, administration, and policy. In 1896 the Conference approved the work of a committee which had been named to revise the historic pericopes and to supplement them with a series of Epistle, Gospel,and Old Testament selections. These Eisenach Selections came into quite general use in Germany and later also in America. They are included in the General Rubrics of the Common Service Book and will appear also in the Common Lutheran Hymnal.





Sunday, Feast, or Festival HISTORIC PERICOPES HUMBURG PERICOPES EISENACH SELECTIONS
The First Sunday in Advent EpistleRomans 13:11-14Jeremiah 31:31-34Hebrews 10:19-25
GospelMatthew 21:1-9Matthew 3:1-6Luke 1:68-79
The Second Sunday in Advent EpistleRomans 15:4-13Ephesians 1:3-6II Peter 1:3-11
GospelLuke 21:25-36Matthew 3:7-12Luke 17:20-30
The Third Sunday in Advent EpistleI Corinthians 4:1-5I Corinthians 3:11-17II Timothy 4:5-8
GospelMatthew 11:2-10Matthew 10:32-42Matthew 3:1-11
The Fourth Sunday in Advent EpistlePhilippians 4:4-7I Timothy 1:12-17I John 1:1-4
GospelJohn 1:19-28Luke 17:20-24John 1:15-18
Christmas Day. The Nativity of Our Lord EpistleTitus 2:11-14Hebrews 1:1-6I John 3:1-5
GospelLuke 2:1-14John 1:1-14Matthew 1:18-23
The Second Christmas Day EpistleTitus 3:4-7I John 4:9-11
GospelLuke 2:15-20Luke 19:10
The Sunday after Christmas EpistleGalatians 4:1-7Jude 17-21II Corinthians 5:1-9
GospelLuke 2:33-40Psalm 90:1-12Luke 2:25-32
New Year's Day EpistleGalatians 3:23-29Hebrews 13:14Romans 8:24-32
GospelLuke 2:21Psalm 111Luke 4:16-21
The Sunday after New Year's Day EpistleI Peter 4:12-19James 4:13-17James 4:13-17
GospelMatthew 2:13-23Matthew 16:1-4Matthew 16:1-4
The Epiphany of Our Lord EpistleIsaiah 60:1-6Isaiah 55:3-11II Corinthians 4:3-6
GospelMatthew 2:1-12Isaiah 42:1-8Matthew 3:13-17
The First Sunday after Epiphany EpistleRomans 12:1-5I Peter 2:1-4II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
GospelLuke 2:41-52Matthew 3:13-17John 1:35-42
The Second Sunday after Epiphany EpistleRomans 12:6-16Ephesians 4:11-15I Corinthians 2:6-16
GospelJohn 2:1-11Mark 6:17-29John 1:43-51
The Third Sunday after Epiphany EpistleRomans 12:17-21Ephesians 2:4-10Romans 1:13-20
GospelMatthew 8:1-13Mark 1:14-22John 4:5-14
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany EpistleRomans 13:8-10I Timothy 6:6-11Romans 7:7-16
GospelMatthew 8:23-27John 1:43-51John 4:31-42
The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany EpistleColossians 3:12-17II Corinthians 6:14-18Romans 8:1-9
GospelMatthew 13:24-30Matthew 10:16-31Matthew 7:24-29
The Transfiguration of Our Lord EpistleII Peter 1:16-21Hebrews 4:12-16II Corinthians 3:12-18
GospelMatthew 17:1-9Luke 9:57-62John 5:39-47
Septuagesima Sunday EpistleI Corinthians 9:24-10:5Romans 5:1-5Philippians 1:27-2:4
GospelMatthew 20:1-16Luke 10:38-42Luke 10:38-42
Sexagesima Sunday EpistleII Corinthians 11:19-12:9II Peter 1:2-9Philippians 1:12-21
GospelLuke 8:4-15Matthew 11:25-30John 11:20-27
Quinquagesima Sunday EpistleI Corinthians 13:1-13Hebrews 2:9-18I Corinthians 1:21-31
GospelLuke 18:31-43Matthew 16:21-27Mark 10:35-45
John 11:47-57
Ash Wednesday EpistleJoel 2:12-19
GospelMatthew 6:16-21
Invocavit. The First Sunday in Lent EpistleII Corinthians 6:1-10I Corinthians 1:18-25Hebrews 4:15-16
GospelMatthew 4:1-11Luke 20:9-20Matthew 16:21-26
Luke 22:39-46
Reminiscere. The Second Sunday in Lent EpistleI Thessalonians 4:1-7I Peter 4:1-5I John 2:12-17
GospelMatthew 15:21-28Luke 7:36-50Luke 10:17-20
Luke 22:54-62
Oculi. The Third Sunday in Lent EpistleEphesians 5:1-9I Peter 1:13-25I Peter 1:13-16
GospelLuke 11:14-28Luke 13:1-9Luke 9:51-56
Luke 22:63-71
Laetare. The Fourth Sunday in Lent EpistleGalatians 4:21-31I Timothy 6:12-16II Corinthians 7:4-10
GospelJohn 6:1-15John 12:42-50John 6:47-57
Matthew 27:15-31
Judica. Passion Sunday EpistleHebrews 9:11-15Romans 8:31-39I Peter 1:17-25
GospelJohn 8:46-59John 8:5-36John 13:31-35
Luke 23:27-34
Palmarum. The Sixth Sunday in Lent EpistlePhilippians 2:5-11Hebrews 12:1-6Hebrews 12:1-6
GospelMatthew 21:1-9John 12:23-33John 12:1-8
Thursday in Holy Week EpistleI Corinthians 11:23-32I Corinthians 10:16-22I Corinthians 10:16-17
GospelJohn 13:1-15Luke 22:14-22Luke 22:14-20
Good Friday EpistleIsaiah 52:13-53:12II Corinthians 5:14-21
GospelJohn 18:1-19:42Luke 23:39-46
Easter Day. The Resurrection of Our Lord EpistleI Corinthians 5:6-8I Peter 1:3-9I Corinthians 15:12-20
GospelMark 16:1-8Matthew 28:1-10Matthew 28:1-10
Monday after Easter EpistleActs 10:34-41I Corinthians 15:12-22I Corinthians 15:54-58
GospelLuke 24:13-35John 20:11-18John 20:11-18
Quasi Modo Geniti. The First Sunday after Easter EpistleI John 5:4-12I Corinthians 15:50-58I Peter 1:3-9
GospelJohn 20:19-31John 11:25-27John 21:15-19
Misericordias Domini. The Second Sunday after Easter EpistleI Peter 2:21-25Romans 10:9-17Ephesians 2:4-10
GospelJohn 10:11-16Luke 24:36-47John 14:1-6
Jubilate. The Third Sunday after Easter EpistleI Peter 2:11-20II Corinthians 4:6-11I John 4:9-14
GospelJohn 16:16-23John 21:1-14John 12:20-26
Cantate. The Fourth Sunday after Easter EpistleJames 1:16-21I John 2:14-17II Timothy 2:8-13
GospelJohn 16:5-15John 21:15-19John 6:60-69
Rogate. The Fifth Sunday after Easter EpistleJames 1:22-27James 1:2-12I Timothy 2:1-6
GospelJohn 16:23-30John 21:20-25Luke 11:5-13
The Ascension of Our Lord EpistleActs 1:1-11Colossians 3:1-4Colossians 3:1-4
GospelMark 16:14-20Luke 24:49-53Luke 24:50-53
John 17:11-26
Exaudi. The Sunday after the Ascension EpistleI Peter 4:7-11I John 5:9-15Ephesians 1:15-23
GospelJohn 15:26-16:4Mark 4:26-32John 7:33-39
The Festival of Pentecost. Whitsunday EpistleActs 2:1-13Ephesians 1:9-14Ephesians 2:10-22
GospelJohn 14:23-31Acts 2:38-41John 14:15-21
The Monday in Whitsun-Week EpistleActs 10:42-48Ephesians 2:19-22Ephesians 4:11-16
GospelJohn 3:16-21Acts 2:42-47John 15:9-16
The Festival of the Holy Trinity EpistleRomans 11:33-36I Corinthians 2:7-14Ephesians 1:3-14
II Corinthians 13:11-14
GospelJohn 3:1-15Matthew 28:16-20Matthew 28:16-20
The First Sunday after Trinity EpistleI John 4:16-21James 2:8-13Acts 4:32-35
GospelLuke 16:19-31Acts 4:1-12Matthew 13:31-35
The Second Sunday after Trinity EpistleI John 3:13-18James 2:14-24Romans 10:1-15
GospelLuke 14:16-24Acts 4:13-21Matthew 9:9-13
The Third Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Peter 5:6-11James 4:1-10Acts 3:1-16
GospelLuke 15:1-10Matthew 19:3-9Luke 15:11-32
The Fourth Sunday after Trinity EpistleRomans 8:18-23II Timothy 3:12-17Acts 4:1-12
GospelLuke 6:36-42Luke 4:16-21Matthew 5:13-16
The Fifth Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Peter 3:8-15Galatians 2:16-21Acts 5:34-42
GospelLuke 5:1-11Luke 12:15-21Luke 9:18-26
The Sixth Sunday after Trinity EpistleRomans 6:3-11I Thessalonians 4:9-12Acts 8:26-38
GospelMatthew 5:20-26John 4:5-24Matthew 21:28-32
The Seventh Sunday after Trinity EpistleRomans 6:19-23I Peter 2:5-10I Timothy 6:6-12
GospelMark 8:1-9Acts 5:34-42Mark 4:26-29
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity EpistleRomans 8:12-17I Timothy 4:1-9Acts 16:16-32
GospelMatthew 7:15-23Luke 17:7-10Matthew 12:46-50
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Corinthians 10:6-13II Timothy 2:3-13Acts 17:16-34
GospelLuke 16:1-9Acts 8:14-24Matthew 13:44-46
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Corinthians 12:1-11Romans 1:16-21Acts 20:17-38
GospelLuke 19:41-48Acts 8:36-39Matthew 23:24-39
The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Corinthians 15:1-10Romans 3:23-31Romans 8:33-39
GospelLuke 18:9-14Luke 9:49-56Luke 7:36-50
The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity EpistleII Corinthians 3:4-11Philippians 1:12-18Acts 16:9-15
GospelMark 7:31-37Acts 9:1-20John 8:31-36
The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleGalatians 3:15-22Philippians 2:1-4I Peter 2:1-10
GospelLuke 10:23-37Luke 15:11-19Mark 12:41-44
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleGalatians 5:16-24Philippians 3:8-16I Timothy 1:12-17
GospelLuke 17:11-19Luke 15:20-32John 5:1-14
The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleGalatians 5:25-6:10Romans 14:1-12II Thessalonians 3:6-13
GospelMatthew 6:24-34Acts 14:8-20John 11:1-11
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleEphesians 3:13-21Romans 14:13-23Hebrews 12:18-24
GospelLuke 7:11-17Acts 16:16-34Matthew 11:25-30
The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleEphesians 4:1-6Romans 7:18-25Hebrews 4:9-13
GospelLuke 14:1-11Acts 17:16-28Matthew 12:1-8
The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Corinthians 1:4-9Romans 13:1-7James 2:10-17
GospelMatthew 9:1-8Mark 10:35-45Mark 10:17-27
The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity EpistleEphesians 4:22-28Colossians 3:17-4:1James 5:13-20
GospelMatthew 9:1-8Acts 19:23-40John 9:24-41
The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity EpistleEphesians 5:15-21James 3:13-18Romans 14:1-9
GospelMatthew 22:1-14Acts 20:17-38John 15:1-8
The Twehty-First Sunday after Trinity EpistleEphesians 6:10-17I John 3:1-3Ephesians 6:1-9
GospelJohn 4:46-54Acts 21:8-14Mark 10:13-16
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity EpistlePhilippians 1:3-11II Thessalonians 3:6-13Hebrews 13:1-9
GospelMatthew 18:23-35Acts 24:24-27Luke 9:57-62
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity EpistlePhilippians 3:17-21Philippians 1:21-30I Timothy 4:4-11
GospelMatthew 22:15-22Mark 12:38-44Matthew 10:24-33
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity EpistleColossians 1:9-14II Timothy 4:1-8I Thessalonians 5:14-24
GospelMatthew 9:18-26Luke 20:27-40John 10:23-30
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Thessalonians 4:13-18II Corinthians 5:1-10Hebrews 10:32-39
GospelMatthew 24:15-28John 14:1-6John 5:19-29
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Trinity EpistleII Peter 3:3-14Revelations 21:1-7Revelation 2:8-11
GospelII Thessalonians 1:3-10Matthew 24:42-51Luke 19:11-27
The Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Trinity EpistleI Thessalonians 5:1-11Hebrews 12:22-25Revelation 7:9-17
GospelMatthew 25:1-13Matthew 5:8-12Luke 12:35-43
The Festival of the Reformation EpistleRevelation 14:6-7I Corinthians 3:11-23
GospelMatthew 11:12-15John 2:13-17
Thanksgiving (Historic)
The Festival of Harvest (Eisenach)
EpistleI Timothy 2:1-8II Corinthians 9:6-11
GospelMatthew 6:25-34John 6:24-29