Pentecost and Ordinary Time, Year A

Gospel Lesson Plans

The word Pentecost comes from the Greek meaning fiftieth day. This was the Greek name for the Hebrew Feast of Weeks, which took place fifty days after Passover. The Hebrew festival commemorated the calling of the Hebrew people into covenant with God at Mount Sinai. The new Christians kept this name because this was the same day the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. The church saw this as the beginning of a new covenant relationship between the followers of Jesus and God. This new relationship is summarized by the prophet Jeremiah, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.” (Jeremiah 31:33)

Old Testament Lesson Plans

The Season After Pentecost is the longest season of the church year, spanning almost half the calendar year. The weeks after Pentecost are called Ordinary Time coming from the word “ordinal” which means counted time. This time is not ordinary as in common or regular, but it is the time of counted weeks between Pentecost and Advent. The liturgical color of the season is green.  It is often thought of as a season of growth both in our personal faith and in the life of the church. Common themes to focus on throughout the season are:

  • Our relationship with God.
  • Our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another through our prayers, the sacraments and life in the body of Christ.
  • The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
  • The Church and its work for God’s mission.
Year ADateScriptureOld Testament Lesson PlanGospel Lesson Plan
Day of PentecostActs 2:1-21
John 20:19-23
The Gifts of the Holy SpiritGifts from the Spirit
Trinity SundayGenesis 1:1-2:4a
Matthew 28:16-20
Discovering God: Trinity SundayGod’s Call to Us to Mission
Proper 6Sunday between June 12 and June 18 inclusive (if after Trinity Sunday)Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
Matthew 9:35 - 10:8, (9-23)
Laborers in the Harvest
Proper 7Sunday between June 19 and June 25 inclusive (if after Trinity Sunday)Genesis 21:8-21
Matthew 10:24-39
Where is God?God Knows Us
Proper 8Sunday between June 26 and July 2 inclusiveGenesis 22:1-14
Matthew 10:40-42
This is Only a TestWelcoming Christ
Proper 9Sunday between July 3 and July 9 inclusiveGenesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
God Shows the WayMy Yoke is Easy
Proper 10Sunday between July 10 and July 16 inclusiveGenesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Sibling Rivalry and God’s LoveSeeds and Soil
Proper 11Sunday between July 17 and July 23 inclusiveGenesis 28:10-19a
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Lord is With UsWheat and Weeds
Proper 12Sunday between July 24 and July 30 inclusiveGenesis 29:15-28
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Waiting and PatienceHave You Understood All This?
Proper 13Sunday between July 31 and August 6 inclusiveGenesis 32:22-31
Matthew 14:13-21
Lifelong Faith JourneyBeing Fed and Feeding Others
Proper 14Sunday between August 7 and August 13 inclusiveGenesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Matthew 14:22-33
Family and FeelingsDo Not Be Afraid
Proper 15Sunday between August 14 and August 20 inclusiveGenesis 45:1-15
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
ForgivenessWords from our Heart
Proper 16Sunday between August 21 and August 27 inclusiveExodus 1:8-2:10
Matthew 16:13-20
Baby MosesWho Do You Say That I Am?
Proper 17Sunday between August 28 and September 3 inclusiveExodus 3:1-15
Matthew 16:21-28
Answering God’s CallStumbling Block
Proper 18Sunday between September 4 and September 10 inclusiveExodus 12:1-14
Matthew 18:15-20
Passover MealConflict Resolution
Proper 19Sunday between September 11 and September 17 inclusiveExodus 14:19-31
Matthew 18:21-35
Parting of the Red SeaForgiveness
Proper 20Sunday between September 18 and September 24 inclusiveExodus 16:2-15
Matthew 20:1-16
God ProvidesWe Are All a Part of God’s Work
Proper 21Sunday between September 25 and October 1 inclusiveExodus 17:1-7
Matthew 21:23-32
WaterWhat God has Given Us To Do
Proper 22Sunday between October 2 and October 8 inclusiveExodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Matthew 21:33-46
God’s Instructions to Live and LoveJesus is the Cornerstone
Proper 23Sunday between October 9 and October 15 inclusiveExodus 32:1-14
Matthew 22:1-14
Focus on God Our CreatorWe are Invited
Proper 24Sunday between October 16 and October 22 inclusiveExodus 33:12-23
Matthew 22:15-22
God’s Presence in Our LivesGiving to God
Proper 25Sunday between October 23 and October 29 inclusiveDeuteronomy 34:1-12
Matthew 22:34-46
Remembering and Celebrating MosesThe Greatest Commandments
Proper 26Sunday between October 30 and November 5 inclusiveJoshua 3:7-17
Matthew 23:1-12
Faith and Following GodFollowing God Humbly
All SaintsNovember 1 or the First Sunday in NovemberRevelation 7:9-17
Matthew 5:1-12
n/aBlessed Saints: All Saints’ Day
Proper 27Sunday between November 6 and November 12 inclusiveJoshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Matthew 25:1-13
Serving the Lord, Walking with GodBe Prepared
Proper 28Sunday between November 13 and November 19 inclusiveJudges 4:1-7
Matthew 25:14-30
Being a LeaderUsing our Gifts
Proper 29Sunday between November 20 and November 26 inclusiveEzekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Matthew 25:31-46
Shepherds and Giving ThanksService and Giving Thanks