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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 table below contains the ancient or historic pericope and the Eisenach Selections

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 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.

NOTE: The sermon text is taken from the Gospel lessons listed under the Eisenach Selections

NOTE: The sermon text for Wednesday Lenten service is the second listed Gospel text of the week before

NOTE: The Epistle and Gospel lessons are taken from the Historic Pericopes

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