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Narrative Lectionary Series 2019-2020

On September 8th, 2019, Zion kicked off The Narrative Lectionary Series. We have themed this 37 week journey “Living Out God’s Kingdom”. The scripture lesson each week will teach you about specific stories throughout the Bible.

God’s plan for our world has not changed since the moment of creation. God created a world for people to work side-by-side in a community of love, justice, and peace. However, humanity rejected that ideal and turned to selfishness, oppression, and violence. The world turned upside down, but God never gave up. Throughout Scripture, God established a vision of a peaceful kingdom. God’s people continued to turn away, and God continued to love them. From this love came a promise of a future leader who would establish God’s kingdom for everyone. This Messiah came in the person of Jesus whose ministry embodied the kingdom of God. Jesus’ mission led to his death on a cross, but through his sacrifice he triumphed over sin and death. After his resurrection, Jesus commissioned his followers and gave them his Holy Spirit. It was now their work to spread the good news throughout the world, including the promise of the end of death and the final arrival of the kingdom.

What is the Narrative Lectionary?

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings for use in worship and preaching. The goal is to preach annually through the biblical narrative so that the lives of believers might be centered in God’s story. Each week, two texts are provided—a preaching text and an accompanying text.

The Narrative Lectionary follows the academic/program year (Sept. – May), and it is shaped by the church year. Each year the preaching texts trace the sweep of the biblical story.