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Pairing Arch Books with the Lectionary – February 2017

Arch Books have a long history of helping children learn about their Savior. To help involve children in the Divine Service, we’ve assigned each Sunday in February an Arch Book that corresponds with the assigned Lectionary reading. Some books might not be an exact match, but it’s still a great opportunity to grow with your child and show them the presence of Jesus throughout Scripture. Read the week’s Arch Book before Sunday to prepare your child for worship, or end your weekend by reviewing what you learned in church.

Three-Year Series A

February 5, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 58:3–9a
Psalm 112:1–9
1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16)
Matthew 5:13–20

The classic Sermon on the Mount Arch Book is no longer in print, but your church might have a copy in its library (or maybe you have your own copy!). While this book doesn’t exactly match up with the Lectionary reading, the Sermon on the Mount occurs right before this Sunday’s Gospel reading. Talk with your children about the sermons Jesus preached and how they direct our life here on earth.

 

February 12, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 30:15–20
Psalm 119:1–8
1 Corinthians 3:1–9
Matthew 5:21–37

At first glance, this Arch Book seems to not match up with any portion of the readings, but in the reading from Deuteronomy, God commands the Israelites to, once again, turn toward Him. The Israelites had constantly turned away from God, even after He led them through the sea on dry ground. Talk with your children about how we constantly run away from God and He continues to pursue us.

 

February 19, Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
Psalm 119:33–40
1 Corinthians 3:10–23
Matthew 5:38–48

The laws that God sets forth in this reading from Leviticus somewhat mirror the Ten Commandments. Why did God decree these laws for the Israelites? Are these laws important for us today?

 

 

 

February 26, The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Exodus 24:8–18
Psalm 2:6–12
2 Peter 1:16–21
Matthew 17:1–9

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. In Jesus Shows His Glory, children can learn about this day in the Church Year and learn what transfiguration means. The transfiguration is about Jesus being true God, our Savior, who would later die for our sins and then rise again!

 

  

One-Year Lectionary

February 5, The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Exodus 34:29–35 or Exodus 3:1–14
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16–21
Matthew 17:1–9

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. In Jesus Shows His Glory, children can learn about this day in the Church Year and learn what transfiguration means. The transfiguration is about Jesus being true God, our Savior, who would later die for our sins and then rise again!

 

 

February 12, Septuagesima

Exodus 17:1–7
Psalm 95:1–9
1 Corinthians 9:24–10:5
Matthew 20:1–16

This Sunday’s reading from Exodus is included in the Moses and the Long Walk Arch Book. This story is a powerful example of God’s faithfulness to His people—the Israelites and us today! Remind your children that God will always love us, despite our sinfulness.

 

 

February 19, Sexagesima

Isaiah 55:10–13
Psalm 84
2 Corinthians 11:19–12:9 or Hebrews 4:9–13
Luke 8:4–15

This parable told in this Sunday’s reading from the Book of Luke can be used to teach your child about spreading the Good News of Jesus! Pray with your child that others’ hearts will be receptive to God’s Word and that they will come to know Him.

 

 

 

February 26, Quinquagesima

1 Samuel 16:1–13 or Isaiah 35:3–7
Psalm 89:18–29 or Psalm 146
1 Corinthians 13:1–13
Luke 18:31–43

Although not mentioned by name in this reading from Luke, this section tells the story of Bartimaeus (also told in Matthew and Mark), a blind man whom Jesus heals. Jesus shows him compassion, just as He shows compassion on us! Use this story to guide a conversation about our dependence on Jesus.

Written by

Hannah Osborne

Hannah is a digital marketing specialist at Equip Ministry Resources. She currently lives in the Mitten State, but previously called St. Louis home when she was a copywriter at Concordia Publishing House. On most days, you’ll find Hannah cooking new vegan recipes, running really slowly, and laughing far too loudly.

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