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Arch Book Lectionary Pairings for October

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

October 2, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4
Psalm 62
2 Timothy 1:1–14
Luke 17:1–10

no-more-than-a-mustard-seedIn the Gospel, the apostles implore Jesus to “increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). Jesus responds with “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6). In both Matthew 17 and Luke 17, Jesus uses mustard seeds as a measure of faith. By ourselves, we are unable to generate the faith that can move mountains. Thankfully, we can turn for help to the source of all good gifts—God.

  

October 9, Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 1:1–19a
Psalm 111
2 Timothy 2:1–13
Luke 17:11–19

ruth-and-naomiThe Old Testament Reading for this Sunday tells the story of Ruth and Naomi. Several themes run through this story, including courage, kindness, and sharing. Perhaps the most important theme is faithfulness. Naomi’s faithfulness to God was so contagious that Ruth also became God’s faithful follower. Ruth showed a loving faithfulness to her mother-in-law, Naomi. They model the trust we should have in God as well as the trusting relationship two friends and teammates should have with each other. Are we faithful to God? Are we trustworthy friends?

 

thankful-leperThe Gospel for this Sunday shares the story of the ten lepers, a story that is about God’s grace and our response. In this account, we are reminded that Jesus brings God’s mercy to all people, regardless of their social or physical conditions.

 

 

 

ruthBonus reading for adults:Ruth: More Than a Love Story. The book of Ruth offers more to readers than a familiar verse that is said during Christian marriage ceremonies. In Ruth, God tells us so much more than how to be a better woman or about the marriage relationship. Embedded in the historical narrative of this short Old Testament book are connections to God’s fulfilled promise of a Messiah and how God loves us and cares for us in Christ. The story is a wonderful picture of how God watches carefully over every little detail so His grace may come to fruition and fully abound.

 

   

October 16, Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost   

Genesis 32:22–30
Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
Luke 18:1–8

sing-a-song-of-gladness-psalm-121

Another classic Arch Book pairs with the readings for this week. Sing a Song of Gladness, published in 1974, shares the encouragement of the psalmist for readers.

 

October 23, Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost        

Genesis 4:1–15
Psalm 5
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18
Luke 18:9–17

592283The Old Testament Reading this Sunday tells the story of earth’s first brothers: Cain and Abel. This Arch Book illustrates the story of jealousy and hate—the sins of Cain. Read this book with your little one to give him or her a visual to support the Old Testament Reading, being sure to discuss jealousy and how God wants us to love one another.

  

jesus-blesses-the-children

In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus reminds us that He loves everyone, children and adults alike. Talk and pray with your child about the different ways you might share Jesus’ love with others.

 

 

October 30, Reformation Day (Observed)         

Revelation 14:6–7
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19–28
John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19

martin-lutherWhile not an Arch Book, Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World is an excellent book to help teach children the history of a significant time in the Church. They will discover the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them to be baptized, redeemed children of God.

 


One-Year Lectionary

October 2, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 28:10–17
Psalm 84
Ephesians 4:22–28
Matthew 9:1–8

jacobs-dreamThe Old Testament Reading shares the account of Jacob’s dream of a ladder that reaches to heaven. Use Jacob’s Dream to remind your children that Jesus is our ladder to heaven—He is our stairway to life eternal.

 

 

October 9, Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Isaiah 55:1–9
Psalm 27:1–9
Ephesians 5:15–21
Matthew 22:1–14 or Matthew 21:33–44

lords-prayerThere are no Arch Books that pair up with the readings for this week. Consider spending time with the prayer Jesus taught us to pray: The Lord's Prayer.

 

 

October 16, Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 1:1–2:3
Psalm 8
Ephesians 6:10–17
John 4:46–54

story-of-creationThe Old Testament Reading takes us to the beginning, to the story of creation. As you read The Story of Creation with your children, remind them that God gives us—the crown of His creation—the job of caring for His world. While Adam and Eve’s sin ruined God’s perfect world, this isn’t the end. Because God loves us, He had a plan that guarantees His perfect world will be restored through His Son, Jesus. Say a prayer together thanking God that He sent Jesus to die and rise for us so that our relationship with Him will be perfect again.

 

October 23, Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

Micah 6:6–8
Psalm 116:12–19
Philippians 1:3–11
Matthew 18:21–35

unforgiving-servantJesus uses the parable found in the Gospel to clarify His teaching on forgiveness. The Unforgiving Servant illustrates the point of unlimited forgiveness. Behind the king, we see God. Behind the servant, we see ourselves. We have heard the message that God has forgiven our sins. You and your child have received the forgiveness of God in the Gospel of Christ. Do you express a forgiving attitude to others in your actions and words?

  

October 30, Reformation Day (Observed)

Revelation 14:6–7
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19–28
John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19

martin-lutherWhile not an Arch Book, Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World is an excellent book to help teach children the history of a significant time in the Church. They will discover the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them to be baptized, redeemed children of God.

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