Heidelberg Catechism Lectionary: Fourth Year

Advent I

Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort my people

Advent II

Isaiah 42:1-17

Behold thy servant

Advent III

Isaiah 52:1-12

Awake, put on thy strength, O Zion

Advent IV

Isaiah 55:1-13

Ho, every one that thirsts

Christmas Eve

Isaiah 60:1-22

Arise, shine, for thy light has come

Christmas Day

John 1:1-18

The Word made flesh

Christmas I

John 1:19-34

John the Baptist

Christmas II

John 1:35-51

Behold the Lamb of God

Epiphany I

John 2:1-11

First miracle

Epiphany II

Genesis 37:12-36

This dreamer is coming

Epiphany III

Genesis 41:1-16, 25-36

Dream of Pharaoh

Epiphany IV

Genesis 42:1-25

Corn in Egypt

Epiphany V

Genesis 44:1-17

The silver cup

Epiphany VI

Genesis 45:1-28

I am Joseph your brother

Epiphany VII

John 3:1-21

God so loved the world (Septuagesima)

Epiphany VIII

John 4:5-26

God is Spirit (Sexagesima)

Epiphany IX

John 5:1-24

My Father works and I work (Quinquagesima)

Lent I

John 6:1-21

Feeding the five thousand

Lent II

John 6:26-51

Bread of Life

Lent III

John 8:19-38

I am the Light of the world

Lent IV

John 10:1-18

I am the Good Shepherd

Lent V

John 11:5-27

I am the Resurrection and the Life

Lent VI

John 12:12-36

the triumphal entry

Selections from the last week's teachings may be used at services during Holy Week or at mid-week services during Lent.

Maundy Thursday

John 18:1-17

In the night he was betrayed

Good Friday

John 19:17-37

The crucifixion

Easter Sunday

John 20:1-18

The resurrection

Easter I

John 20:19-31

My Lord and my God

Easter II

John 21:1-25

Feed my sheep

Easter III

1 John 1:1 2:2

This is the message

Easter IV

1 John 2:3-17

Do not love the world

Easter V

1 John 3:1-18

See what love the Father has given us

Ascension Day

Zechariah 8:1-23

Future glory of Zion

Ascension I

1 John 4:1-21

Abiding in him


Joel 2:28-32

The gift of the Spirit and the coming of the end

Pentecost I

1John 5:1-11

Three witnesses

Pentecost II

1 Samuel 3:1-21

Call of Samuel

Pentecost III

1 Samuel 16:1-23

Anointing of David

Pentecost IV

2 Samuel 7:1-24

Promise to the House of David

Pentecost V

1 Chronicles 29:10-30

Coronation of Solomon

Pentecost VI

1 Kings 11:26-43

Prophecy of a divided kingdom

Pentecost VII

James 5:13-20
Heidelberg Catechism 116-119

Prayer has great power

Pentecost VIII

James 1:1-15
Heidelberg Catechism 120-121

Ask God and it will be given
Our Father

Pentecost IX

James 1:16-27
Heidelberg Catechism 122-124

Every perfect gift from above
First three petitions

Pentecost X

James 2:1-26 or 4:1-12
Heidelberg Catechism 125-127

Fulfill the royal law; draw nigh to God
The last three petitions

Pentecost XI

James 4:13-5:11
Heidelberg Catechism 128-129

Be patient

Pentecost XII 1

Timothy 6:6-19

Godliness with contentment

Pentecost XIII

2 Timothy 2:1-13

Word of God not fettered

Pentecost XIV

2 Timothy 3:14-4:8

Preach the Word

Pentecost XV

Ezekiel 1:26-2:10

Call of Ezekiel

Pentecost XVI

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Valley of dry bones

Pentecost XVII

1 Kings 18:17-39

Elijah at Mt. Carmel

Pentecost XVIII

2 Kings 2:1-15

Spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha

Pentecost XIX

Amos 5:1-24

Let judgment run down

Pentecost XX

Hosea 11:1-11

How shall I give you up?

Pentecost XXI*

Isaiah 6:1-13

Call of Isaiah

Pentecost XXII

Micah 6:1-8

With what shall I come before the Lord?

Pentecost XXIII

2 Kings 19:14-37

Invasion of Sennacherib

Pentecost XXIV

2 Kings 23:1-14, 21-25

Josiah's reformation

Pentecost XXV

2 Chronicles 36:11-23

Fall of Jerusalem

Pentecost XXVI

Daniel 3:1-6, 13-28

Burning fiery furnace

Pentecost XXVII

Revelation 7:9-17

Arrayed in white robes

Pentecost XXVIII

Revelation 21:22-22:5

No night there

* Since Easter is a variable date, some selections prior to the XXIst may have to be omitted in such a way that in any year the XXIst will be used on the first Sunday in October with the later lessons following in sequence.