Current Readings

Focus of the Season.  This season goes from Pentecost until just before Advent and is a time for remembering the growth and expansion of God’s covenantal kingdom rule.  The Old Testament readings cover the conquest of the land and the emergence of the kingship in Israel; the New Testament readings describe our Lord’s ministry and the expansion of His kingdom through the missionary journeys of the Apostles, preeminently Paul.

History of the Season.  Historically in the Christian church, the period between Pentecost and Advent has not been marked by a season in the same way that Advent, Desertide (Lent), Covenantide (Eastertide) have been.  Most mainline Protestant Churches, following the Revised Common Lectionary, simply call the period, “Ordinary Time.”  The term “Kingdomtide” first came into use in 1937 in a proposal by Boston University Professor Fred Winslow Adams to the Federal Council of Churches, the predecessor to the current National Council of Churches.  The idea was promoted by the mainline Methodist and Presbyterian Churches until the 1960s, when an ecumenical effort got underway to develop the Revised Common Lectionary.  The Presbyterians abandoned the effort to promote Kingdomtide in 1960; the Methodists retained it in their liturgical materials until the early 1990s, but have abandoned it as well.  My use of the term has no connection with these earlier liturgical efforts.

Readings for the Season.  The Old Testament readings this year go from the Wilderness wanderings of Israel recounted in Numbers to 2 Samuel 10, the high point of David’s righteous rule as king, before his adultery with Bathesheba.  The Psalter readings go through the entirety of the Psalms numerically, except for Psalm 119, which had already been given particular attention in the previous season.  The New Testament readings center around the ministry of Paul.  Paul’s close associate in his missionary travels was Luke, who wrote both the Gospel that bears his name, as well as Acts.  The two books flow together as one narrative account.  Paul’s letters are then arranged in the order in which they were composed.

Kingdomtide

Week 1:  Week of May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday:
Jeremiah 31:27-37; John 14:1-3, 16-17; 16:5-16; Acts 1:3-11, ch. 2
Mon: Psalm 1
Num. 19 (OT), Luke 1:1-25 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 2
Num. 20 (OT), Luke 1:26-56 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 3
Num. 21 (OT), Luke 1:57-80 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 4
Num. 22 (OT), Luke 2 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 5
Num. 23 (OT), Luke 3 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 6
Num. 24 (OT), Luke 4:1-13 (NT)

Week 2:  Week of June 7, 2020

Sun:  Of the Church, the Communion of Saints
Confession of Faith (WCF) 25-26, 30-31;
Larger Catechism (WLC)
61-66
Mon: Psalm 7
Num. 25 (OT), Luke 4:14-44 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 8
Num. 26 (OT), Luke 5 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 9
Num. 27 (OT), Luke 6 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 10
Num. 28 (OT), Luke 7 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 11
Num. 29 (OT), Luke 8 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 12
Num. 30 (OT), Luke 9:1-27 (NT)

Week 3:  Week of June 14, 2020

Sun:  Of the Intermediate State and the Resurrection
WCF 32-33; WSC 37-38; WLC 84-90
Mon: Psalm 13
Num. 31 (OT), Luke 9:28-45 (NT)
Tuesday: Psalm 14
Num. 32 (OT), Luke 9:46-62 (NT)
Wednesday: Psalm 15
Num. 33 (OT), Luke 10 (NT)
Thursday: Psalm 16
Num. 34 (OT), Luke 11 (NT)
Friday: Psalm 17
Num. 35 (OT), Luke 12 (NT)
Saturday: Psalm 18
Num. 36 (OT), Luke 13 (NT)

Week 4:  Week of June 21, 2020

Sun:  Of the Law of God and Christian Liberty
WCF 19-20, WSC 39-44, WLC 91-102, 122
Mon: Psalm 19
Deut. 1 (OT), Luke 14 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 20
Deut. 2 (OT), Luke 15 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 21
Deut. 3 (OT), Luke 16 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 22
Deut. 4 (OT), Luke 17 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 23
Deut. 5 (OT), Luke 18 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 24
Deut. 6 (OT), Luke 19 (NT)

Week 5:  Week of June 28, 2020

Sun:  Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
WCF 21
Mon: Psalm 25
Deut. 7 (OT), Luke 20 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 26
Deut. 8 (OT), Luke 21 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 27
Deut. 9 (OT), Luke 22:1-38 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 28
Deut. 10 (OT), Luke 22:39-71 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 29
Deut. 11 (OT), Luke 23 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 30
Deut. 12 (OT), Luke 24 (NT)

Week 6:  Week of July 5, 2020

Sun:  Preface to the Law and First Commandment
WSC 45-48, WLC 103-106
Mon: Psalm 31
Deut. 13 (OT), Acts 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 32
Deut. 14 (OT), Acts 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 33
Deut. 15 (OT), Acts 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 34
Deut. 16 (OT), Acts 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 35
Deut. 17 (OT), Acts 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 36
Deut. 18 (OT), Acts 6 (NT)

Week 7:  Week of July 12, 2020

Sun:  The Second Commandment
WSC 49-52, WLC 107-110
Mon: Psalm 37
Deut. 19 (OT), Acts 7 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 38
Deut. 20 (OT), Acts 8 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 39
Deut. 21 (OT), Acts 9 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 40
Deut. 22 (OT), Acts 10 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 41
Deut. 23 (OT), Acts 11 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 42
Deut. 24 (OT), Acts 12 (NT)

Week 8:  Week of July 19, 2020

Sun:  The Third Commandment
WSC 53-56, WLC 111-114
Mon: Psalm 43
Deut. 25 (OT), Acts 13 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 44
Deut. 26 (OT), Acts 14 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 45
Deut. 27 (OT), Acts 15 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 46
Deut. 28 (OT), Acts 16 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 47
Deut. 29 (OT), Acts 17 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 48
Deut. 30 (OT), Acts 18 (NT)

Week 9:  Week of July 26, 2020

Sun:  The Fourth Commandment
WSC 57-62, WLC 115-121
Mon: Psalm 49
Deut. 31 (OT), Gal. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 50
Deut. 32 (OT), Gal. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 51
Deut. 33 (OT), Gal. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 52
Deut. 34 (OT), Gal. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 53
(selected OT), Gal. 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 54
(selected OT), Gal. 6 (NT)

Week 10:  Week of August 2, 2020

Sun:  Of the Civil Magistrate
WCF 23
Mon: Psalm 55
Josh. 1 (OT), 1 Thess. 1-2 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 56
Josh. 2 (OT), 1 Thess. 3-4 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 57
Josh. 3 (OT), 1 Thess. 5 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 58
Josh. 4 (OT), 2 Thess. 1 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 59
Josh. 5 (OT), 2 Thess. (NT)
Sat: Psalm 60
Josh. 6 (OT), 2 Thess. 3 (NT)

Week 11:  Week of August 9, 2020

Sun:  The Fifth Commandment
WSC 63-66, WLC 123-133
Mon: Psalm 61
Josh. 7 (OT), 1 Cor. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 62
Josh. 8 (OT), 1 Cor. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 63
Josh. 9 (OT), 1 Cor. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 64
Josh. 10 (OT), 1 Cor. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 65
Josh. 11 (OT), 1 Cor. 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 66
Josh. 12 (OT), 1 Cor. 6 (NT)

Week 12:  Week of August 16, 2020

Sun:  The Sixth Commandment
WSC 67-69, WLC 134-136
Mon: Psalm 67
Josh. 13 (OT), 1 Cor. 7 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 68
Josh. 14 (OT), 1 Cor. 8 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 69
Josh. 15 (OT), 1 Cor. 9 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 70
Josh. 16 (OT), 1 Cor. 10 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 71
Josh. 17 (OT), 1 Cor. 11 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 72
Josh. 18 (OT), 1 Cor. 12 (NT)

Week 13:  Week of August 23, 2020

Sun:  Of Marriage & Divorce, The Seventh Commandment
WCF 24, WSC 70-72, WLC 137-139
Mon: Psalm 73
Josh. 19 (OT), 1 Cor. 13 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 74
Josh. 20 (OT), 1 Cor. 14 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 75
Josh. 21 (OT), 1 Cor. 15 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 76
Josh. 22 (OT), 1 Cor. 16 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 77
Josh. 23 (OT), 2 Cor. 1 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 78:1-33
Josh. 24 (OT), 2 Cor. 2 (NT)

Week 14:  Week of August 30, 2020

Sun:  The Eighth Commandment
WSC 73-75, WLC 140-142
Mon: Psalm 78:34-72
Judg. 1 (OT), 2 Cor. 3 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 79
Judg. 2 (OT), 2 Cor. 4 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 80
Judg. 3 (OT), 2 Cor. 5 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 81
Judg. 4 (OT), 2 Cor. 6 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 82
Judg. 5 (OT), 2 Cor. 7 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 83
Judg. 6 (OT), 2 Cor. 8 (NT)

Week 15:  Week of September 6, 2020

Sun:  Of Lawful Oaths, The Ninth Commandment
WCF 22, WSC 76-78, WLC 143-145
Mon: Psalm 84
Judg. 7 (OT), 2 Cor. 9 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 85
Judg. 8 (OT), 2 Cor. 10 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 86
Judg. 9 (OT), 2 Cor. 11 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 87
Judg. 10 (OT), 2 Cor. 12 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 88
Judg. 11-12 (OT), 2 Cor. 13 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 89
Judg. 13 (OT), (selected NT)

Week 16:  Week of September 13, 2020

Sun:  The Tenth Commandment
WSC 79-81, WLC 146-148
Mon: Psalm 90
Judg. 14 (OT), Rom. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 91
Judg. 15 (OT), Rom. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 92
Judg. 16 (OT), Rom. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 93
Judg. 17 (OT), Rom. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 94
Judg. 18 (OT), Rom. 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 95
Judg. 19 (OT), Rom. 6 (NT)

Week 17:  Week of September 20, 2020

Sun:  Man’s Inability to Keep the Law
WSC 82-85, WLC 149-153
Mon: Psalm 96
Judg. 20 (OT), Rom. 7 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 97
Judg. 21 (OT), Rom. 8 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 98
Ruth 1 (OT), Rom. 9 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 99
Ruth 2 (OT), Rom. 10 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 100
Ruth 3 (OT), Rom. 11 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 101
Ruth 4 (OT), Rom. 12 (NT)

Week 18:  Week of September 27, 2020

Sun:  The Word as a Means of Grace
WSC 88-90, WLC 154-160
Mon: Psalm 102
Job 1-2 (OT), Rom. 13 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 103
Job 3 (OT), Rom. 14 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 104
Job 4 (OT), Rom. 15 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 105
Job 5 (OT), Rom. 16 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 106:1-27
Job 6 (OT), Acts 19-20 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 106:28-48
Job 7 (OT), Acts 21-22 (NT)

Week 19:  Week of October 4, 2020

Sun:  Of the Sacraments
WCF 27, WSC 91-93, WLC 161-164
Mon: Psalm 107
Job 8 (OT), Acts 23 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 108
Job 9-10 (OT), Acts 24 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 109
Job 11 (OT), Acts 25 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 110
Job 12 (OT), Acts 26 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 111
Job 13(OT), Acts 27 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 112
Job 14 (OT), Acts 28 (NT)

Week 20:  Week of October 11, 2020

Sun:  Of Baptism
WCF 28, WSC 94-95, WLC 165-167
Mon: Psalm 113
Job 15 (OT), Phil. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 114
Job 16-17 (OT), Phil. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 115
Job 18 (OT), Phil. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 116
Job 19 (OT), Phil. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 117
Job 20 (OT), (selected NT)
Sat: Psalm 118
Job 21 (OT), (selected NT)

Week 21:  Week of October 18, 2020

Sun:  Of the Lord’s Supper
WCF 29, WSC 96-97, WLC 168-177
Mon: Psalm 120-121
Job 22 (OT), Eph. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 122-123
Job 23-24 (OT), Eph. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 124-125
Job 25 (OT), Eph. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 126-127
Job 26 (OT), Eph. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 128-129
Job 27 (OT), Eph. 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 130-131
Job 28 (OT), Eph. 6 (NT)

Week 22:  Week of October 25, 2020

Sun:  Of Prayer
WSC 98, WLC 178-185
Mon: Psalm 1332-133
Job 29-31 (OT), Col. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 134
Job 32-33 (OT), Col. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 135
Job 34 (OT), Col. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 136
Job 35 (OT), Col. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 137
Job 36 (OT), Philemon (NT)
Sat: Psalm 138
Job 37 (OT), (selected NT)

Week 23:  Week of November 1, 2020

Sun:  God’s Rule for Prayer
WSC 99, WLC 186-188
Mon: Psalm 139
Job 38 (OT), 1 Tim. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 140
Job 39 (OT), 1 Tim. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 141
Job 40 (OT), 1 Tim. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 142
Job 41 (OT), 1 Tim. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 143
Job 42 (OT), 1 Tim. 5 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 144
1 Tim. 6 (NT)

Week 24:  Week of November 8, 2020

Sun:  The Lord’s Prayer
WSC 100-107, WLC 189-196
Mon: Psalm 145
2 Tim. 1 (NT)
Tue: Psalm 146
2 Tim. 2 (NT)
Wed: Psalm 147
2 Tim. 3 (NT)
Thu: Psalm 148
2 Tim. 4 (NT)
Fri: Psalm 149
Tit. 1 (NT)
Sat: Psalm 150
Tit. 2-3 (NT)