Pentecost and Ordinary Time, Year A

Pentecost and Season after Pentecost (Ordinary Time), Year A

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)

**There are also Lesson Plans for the Old Testament lessons for Year A.
Please scroll down to find them.
Gospel Lesson Plans
Year ADate (Sunday between...)ScriptureGospel Lesson Plan
Day of PentecostActs 2:1-21
John 20:19-23
Gifts from the Spirit
Trinity SundayGenesis 1:1-2:4a
Matthew 28:16-20
God’s Call to Us to Mission
Proper 6June 12 and June 18 (if after Trinity Sunday)Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
Matthew 9:35 - 10:8, (9-23)
Laborers in the Harvest
Proper 7June 19 and June 25 (if after Trinity Sunday)Genesis 21:8-21
Matthew 10:24-39
God Knows Us
Proper 8June 26 and July 2Genesis 22:1-14
Matthew 10:40-42
Welcoming Christ
Proper 9July 3 and July 9Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
My Yoke is Easy
Proper 10July 10 and July 16Genesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Seeds and Soil
Proper 11July 17 and July 23Genesis 28:10-19a
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Wheat and Weeds
Proper 12July 24 and July 30Genesis 29:15-28
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Have You Understood All This?
Proper 13July 31 and August 6Genesis 32:22-31
Matthew 14:13-21
Being Fed and Feeding Others
Proper 14August 7 and August 13Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Matthew 14:22-33
Do Not Be Afraid
Proper 15August 14 and August 20Genesis 45:1-15
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
Words from our Heart
Proper 16August 21 and August 27Exodus 1:8-2:10
Matthew 16:13-20
Who Do You Say That I Am?
Proper 17August 28 and September 3Exodus 3:1-15
Matthew 16:21-28
Stumbling Block
Proper 18September 4 and 10Exodus 12:1-14
Matthew 18:15-20
Conflict Resolution
Proper 19September 11 and 17Exodus 14:19-31
Matthew 18:21-35
Forgiveness
Proper 20September 18 and 24Exodus 16:2-15
Matthew 20:1-16
We Are All a Part of God’s Work
Proper 21September 25 and October 1Exodus 17:1-7
Matthew 21:23-32
What God has Given Us To Do
Proper 22October 2 and 8Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Matthew 21:33-46
Jesus is the Cornerstone
Proper 23October 9 and 15Exodus 32:1-14
Matthew 22:1-14
We are Invited
Proper 24October 16 and 22Exodus 33:12-23
Matthew 22:15-22
Giving to God
Proper 25October 23 and 29Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Matthew 22:34-46
The Greatest Commandments
All SaintsNovember 1 or the First Sunday in NovemberRevelation 7:9-17
Matthew 5:1-12
Blessed Saints: All Saints’ Day
Proper 26October 30 and November 5Joshua 3:7-17
Matthew 23:1-12
Following God Humbly
Proper 27November 6 and 12Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Matthew 25:1-13
Be Prepared
Proper 28November 13 and 19Judges 4:1-7
Matthew 25:14-30
Using our Gifts
Proper 29 (Last Sunday in Pentecost)November 20 and 26Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Matthew 25:31-46
Service and Giving Thanks

 

Old Testament Lesson Plans
Year ADate (Sunday between...)ScriptureOld Testament Lesson Plan
Day of PentecostActs 2:1-21
John 20:19-23
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Trinity SundayGenesis 1:1-2:4a
Matthew 28:16-20
Discovering God: Trinity Sunday
Proper 7June 19 and 25 (if after Trinity Sunday)Genesis 21:8-21
Matthew 10:24-39
Where is God?
Proper 8June 26 and July 2Genesis 22:1-14
Matthew 10:40-42
This is Only a Test
Proper 9July 3 and 9Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
God Shows the Way
Proper 10July 10 and 16Genesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Sibling Rivalry and God’s Love
Proper 11July 17 and 23Genesis 28:10-19a
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Lord is With Us
Proper 12July 24 and 30Genesis 29:15-28
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Waiting and Patience
Proper 13July 31 and August 6Genesis 32:22-31
Matthew 14:13-21
Lifelong Faith Journey
Proper 14August 7 and 13Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Matthew 14:22-33
Family and Feelings
Proper 15August 14 and 20Genesis 45:1-15
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
Forgiveness
Proper 16August 21 and 27Exodus 1:8-2:10
Matthew 16:13-20
Baby Moses
Proper 17August 28 and September 3Exodus 3:1-15
Matthew 16:21-28
Answering God’s Call
Proper 18September 4 and 10Exodus 12:1-14
Matthew 18:15-20
Passover Meal
Proper 19September 11 and 17Exodus 14:19-31
Matthew 18:21-35
Parting of the Red Sea
Proper 20September 18 and 24Exodus 16:2-15
Matthew 20:1-16
God Provides
Proper 21September 25 and October 1Exodus 17:1-7
Matthew 21:23-32
Water
Proper 22October 2 and 8Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Matthew 21:33-46
God’s Instructions to Live and Love
Proper 23October 9 and 15Exodus 32:1-14
Matthew 22:1-14
Focus on God Our Creator
Proper 24October 16 and 22Exodus 33:12-23
Matthew 22:15-22
God’s Presence in Our Lives
Proper 25October 23 and 29Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Matthew 22:34-46
Remembering and Celebrating Moses
Proper 26October 30 and November 5Joshua 3:7-17
Matthew 23:1-12
Faith and Following God
All SaintsNovember 1 or the First Sunday in NovemberRevelation 7:9-17
Matthew 5:1-12
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Proper 27November 6 and 12Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Matthew 25:1-13
Serving the Lord, Walking with God
Proper 28November 13 and 19Judges 4:1-7
Matthew 25:14-30
Being a Leader
Proper 29 (Last Pentecost) November 20 and 26Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Matthew 25:31-46
Shepherds and Giving Thanks