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Arch Book Lectionary Pairings for November 2016

Generations of children and parents have spent time together learning about Jesus while reading Arch Books. We’ve paired up Arch Books with both the three-year and historic one-year lectionaries. It’s a great way to prepare children for worship on Sunday, or to reinforce what they’ve learned throughout the week.

Three-Year Lectionary

November 6, All Saints’ Day (Observed)     

Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17
Psalm 149
1 John 3:1–3
Matthew 5:1–12

The Story BibleBecause there is not an Arch Book in print that covers the Sermon on the Mount, grab a copy of The Story Bible and read this passage with your children. After you read it, pray with your children:

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me Jesus, who takes away my worry and my sins. Help me to trust that You will give me all the things I need each day. Amen.

 

November 13, Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost       

Malachi 4:1–6
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:(1–5) 6–13
Luke 21:5–28 (29–36)

the widows offering arch book Just prior to the Gospel for today, Luke tells the story of the widow’s offering. This story emphasizing the love and trust of the giver rather than the size of the gift. The poor woman was willing to sacrifice all she had because she had faith that God would supply all she needed to support her body and life. Her offering truly came from her heart.

 

November 20, Last Sunday of the Church Year   

Malachi 3:13–18
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:13–20
Luke 23:27–43

good friday arch bookGod’s good plan rescued us from eternal death in hell. As Jesus died, He cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). His redeeming work on earth was completed, and He died as a victor. Help your child understand the “good” in Good Friday—the goodness of our loving God, who gives His children the gift of eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son.

 

November 24, Thanksgiving Day             

Deuteronomy 8:1–10
Psalm 67
Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4
Luke 17:11–19

the thankful leper arch book The Gospel for this Sunday shares the story of the ten lepers, a story that is about God’s grace and our response. In this story, ten men cried out for mercy and all ten received it. Only one of the men, a Samaritan, returns to Jesus with his thanks and praise: “[He] turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:15–16). This is the model we are to follow.

 

November 27, First Sunday in Advent    

Isaiah 2:1–5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14
Matthew 21:1–11 or Matthew 24:36–44   

jesus-enters-jerusalem The crowds that came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover during the third year of Jesus’ earthly ministry cheered Him as their king, their deliverer. Five short days later, a mob, perhaps made up of many of the same people, roared, “Away with this man! Crucify Him!”

Although many people today still reject Jesus and His kingdom, He continues to offer us life in that kingdom, as well as forgiveness, freedom, joy, and peace.

 

 


Historic One-Year Lectionary

November 6, All Saints’ Day (Observed)

Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17
Psalm 149
1 John 3:1–3
Matthew 5:1–12

The Story BibleBecause there is not an Arch Book in print that covers the Sermon on the Mount, grab a copy of The Story Bible and read this passage with your children. After you read it, pray with your children:

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me Jesus, who takes away my worry and my sins. Help me to trust that You will give me all the things I need each day. Amen.

 

November 13, Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Exodus 32:1–20 or Job 14:1–6
Psalm 14 or Psalm 102:1–13
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
Matthew 24:15–28 or Luke 17:20–30

tried-and-true-job God’s grace is the theme of the Book of Job. Instead of causing suffering in the lives of His children, God uses it to test and to teach. The story of Job is a miniature example of the struggle between God and Satan, whose efforts were ultimately thwarted through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Satan will keep trying to drive a wedge between God and His children, but faithfulness is ours through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

November 20, Last Sunday of the Church Year

Isaiah 65:17–25
Psalm 149
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
Matthew 25:1–13

parable-of-the-talentsThe parable of the talents is preceded by the parable of the ten virgins, the parable shared in today’s Gospel, and is followed by the lesson of the sheep and the goats. Jesus’ earthly departure is clearly imminent and our judgment is inevitable. In that context, this parable is not about making money or about doing what we’re best at. Those things are temporal. It is about what will happen when Jesus returns and how we should spend our time until then. As God’s good and faithful servants, we use our gifts not for our own increase, but for His.

God has given us many talents and opportunities to serve. Talk with your child about his or her spiritual gifts and about ways he or she can use them. Model for your children your own faithful service in your church and community.

November 24, Thanksgiving Day

Deuteronomy 8:1–10
Psalm 67
Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4
Luke 17:11–19

the thankful leper arch bookThe Gospel for this Sunday shares the story of the ten lepers, a story that is about God’s grace and our response. In this story, ten men cried out for mercy and all ten received it. Only one of the men, a Samaritan, returns to Jesus with his thanks and praise: “[He] turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:15–16). This is the model we are to follow.

 

November 27, First Sunday in Advent

Jeremiah 23:5–8
Psalm 24
Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14
Matthew 21:1–9

jesus-enters-jerusalemThe crowds that came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover during the third year of Jesus’ earthly ministry cheered Him as their king, their deliverer. Five short days later, a mob, perhaps made up of many of the same people, roared, “Away with this man! Crucify Him!”

Although many people today still reject Jesus and His kingdom, He continues to offer us life in that kingdom, as well as forgiveness, freedom, joy, and peace.

 

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Written by

Elizabeth Pittman

Elizabeth Pittman is the manager of public relations and CGO at Concordia Publishing House. She received degrees from Valparaiso University and the University of Missouri School of Law. It should come as no surprise that Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. Her life is very busy raising three active young boys with her husband.

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