Lectionary Calendar

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Genesis 29:15-28. The story of Jacob continues: The Trickster is tricked.
Romans 8:26-39. Our song with creation because of hope.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Jesus tells five short parables of the kingdom of heaven and describes the work of a "scribe trained for the kingdom."


  • Genesis 29:15–28
  • Psalm 105:1–11, 45b (UMH 828)
  • Romans 8:26–39
  • Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52

Genesis 32:22-31e. Jacob wrestles with a "man" at the Jabbok and is renamed Israel because he has "striven with God and with humans, and has prevailed." 

Romans 9:1-5. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, declares his great concern and anguish for his own people. 

Matthew 14:13-21. Upon hearing of the death of John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples withdraw to a quiet place, but the crowd follows, and more than 5000 people are fed. 


  • Genesis 32:22–31
  • Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749)
  • Romans 9:1–5
  • Matthew 14:13–21

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28. Sibling rivalry moves from murderous intent to economic gain as Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery. 

Romans 10:5-15. The connections between hearing, believing, confessing and calling upon the name of Jesus as Lord for salvation.

Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus frightens the disciples when he walks toward them on the stormy sea. He tells them not to be afraid. Peter walks toward him and sinks, only to be lifted by Jesus. The disciples declare Jesus to be the Son of God.


  • Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28
  • Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b (UMH 828)
  • Romans 10:5–15
  • Matthew 14:22–33

Genesis 45:1-15.  Joseph, now second in command in Egypt, reveals his identity to his brothers and promises to provide land, food, and protection for the family during the famine and beyond.

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. Paul concludes his excursus on the theological connection between God's covenant with Israel and the Jewish-Gentile church with a strong affirmation of Israel's place in God's saving intent toward the whole world.

Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28. Jesus tells the crowd that it is what comes out of the heart that pollutes us. Then Jesus discovers great faith coming from a foreigner (the Canaanite woman) who won't take "no" for an answer.


  • Genesis 45:1–15
  • Psalm 133 (UMH 850)
  • Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
  • Matthew 15: (10–20) 21–28

Exodus 1:8-2:10 -- A pharaoh who did not know the family of Joseph made his descendents into hard-labor slaves and tried to reduce their numbers by infanticide. The Hebrew midwives and the daughter of Pharoah had other ideas, so Moses was raised in the royal household.

Romans 12:1-8 -- Paul calls the Christians at Rome to offer themselves fully to God.

Matthew 16:13-20 -- In a stronghold of Roman authority, Jesus asks the disciples whom others say he is. Peter confesses, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." 


  • Exodus 1:8–2:10
  • Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • Romans 12:1–8
  • Matthew 16:13–20


  • Exodus 3:1–15
  • Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c (UMH 828)
  • Romans 12:9–21
  • Matthew 16:21–28