Sunday Themes

The Church of England has a scheme of bible readings for services (a "lectionary"), and we follow this most of the time. The PCC has given its consent for the vicar to make variations in the scheme, and will be consulted as new proposals appear on this page.

Dec 30th 2018: The Good News: Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:1-14.

Jan 6th 2019 (Epiphany): Matthew 2:1-12 (and Ephesians 3:1-12 at 8am).

Jan 13th: Clean up - follow Jesus: 2 Kings 5:1-19, John 1:19-34.

(United worship at St Andrew's on January 20th: No services at St Luke's).

Jan 27th: Hear the call - follow Jesus: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:35-50.

Feb 3rd: Water into wine: (Isaiah 6 at 8am), John 2:1-11 (but if it was used on Jan 20 we may use John 3:22-36 at 8am).

Feb 10th. Jesus the bread of life: Exodus 16:2-6,13-18, John 6:1-15, 25-35.

Feb 17th. Before Abraham, Jesus is: Exodus 3:1-6,11-14, John 8:31-59.

Feb 24th. Jesus brings sight: 2 Kings 6:18-23, John 9:1-12.

Mar 3rd. Jesus the Good Shepherd: Micah 5:2-5a, John 10:1-16.

(Ash Wednesday is March 6th.)

Mar 10th: Lent 1. Jesus clears the temple: Joel 2:12-17, John 2:12-end.

Mar 17th: Lent 2. "Born Again": Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:1-16.

Mar 24th: Lent 3 (APCM). Living water: John 4:1-26 (only one reading as the services are shorter).

Mar 31st: Mothering Sunday (Lent 4). The healing at the pool: Colossians 3:12-17, John 5:1-18.

April 7th: Passion Sunday (Lent 5). Jesus is special: (Romans 5:1-11 at 8am,) John 12:1-11.

April 14th: Palm Sunday. Jesus enters his city: Zechariah 9:9-13, John 12:12-26.

(Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are 18th and 19th.)

April 21st: Easter Sunday. Jesus is risen: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18.

April 28th: Easter 2. The God who loves us: Revelation 1:1-8, John 20:19-31.

May 5th: Easter 3. The God who writes to us: Revelation 3:14-end. (John 21:1-19 at 8am)

May 12th: Easter 4. The God who purifies us: Revelation 7:9-17, Luke 24:13-35.

May 19th: Easter 5. The God who fights for us: Daniel 8:15-end, Revelation 12.

May 26th: Easter 6. The God who welcomes us: Revelation 20:11-21:7, Luke 24:36-49.

(Ascension Day is May 30th.)

June 2nd: Easter 7 (Sunday after Ascension). Acts 1:1-11. (Matthew 20:11-end at 8am.)

June 9th: Pentecost. Jesus promises to send his Spirit. Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-17.

June 16th: Trinity Sunday. Jesus and the Father are one: Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31, John 14:18-27.

June 23rd: Jesus said "Love and serve one another": 2 Chronicles 28 (in precis), John 13:1-17.

June 30th: Jesus said "I'll be betrayed and persecuted, and so will you": 2 Chronicles 32 (in precis), John 13:18-30 & 36-38

July 7th: Jesus said "I'm going away but I'll be back for you":  John 14:1-6. (2 Chronicles 34 (in precis) at 8am)

July 14th Jesus said "Abide in me: I am the vine, you are the branches: Isaiah 5:1-7, John 15:1-8.

July 21st: Jesus said "You will receive the Holy Spirit". Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 16:5-15.

July 28th: Jesus offers comfort and hope. Revelation 22:7-end, John 16:17-28.

Aug 4th: Jesus' prayer for us. John 17:13-23. (and another at 8am)

Aug 11th: What is faith? Hebrews 11:1-16, Luke 12:32-40.

Aug 18th: Faith in tough times. Jeremiah 23:23-39, Hebrews 11:29-12:2.

Aug 25th: What is worship? Hebrews 12:18-29, John 4:14-26.

Sep 1st: God is the potter, we are the clay. Jeremiah 18:1-6.

Sep 8th: Called by God to a ministry. Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 14:25-33.

Sep 15th: Don't let church be an idol. Jeremiah 7:1-11, Luke 15:1-10.

Sep 22nd: Turn, repent and live. Jeremiah 8:4-12, Luke 16:1-13.

Sep 29th: Rescue even from the jaws of disaster. Jeremiah 32:1-2,6-15, Luke 16:19-31.

Oct 6th (Harvest Thanksgiving): What kind of fruit are you?  Jeremiah 24 and Luke 17:5-10 at 8am. Jesus can feed 5000.  John 6:1-15 at 10.30am.

Oct 13th: God has plans for our good.  Jeremiah 29:1-14, Luke 17:11-19.

Oct 20th: The rich young man. Luke 18:18-30.

Oct 27th: The word of the Lord. Jeremiah 36:9-32, John 5:36-47.

Nov 3rd: (All Saints Sunday.) Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31 at 8am. Reading to be arranged for 10.30am 

Nov 10th: (Remembrance Sunday.): Remember and learn lessons. Job 19:21-29, Luke 20:27-38.

Nov 17th: Looking forward to Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-28.

Nov 24th: Christ the suffering king. Colossians 1:9-20, Luke 23:33-43.

Dec 1st: Jesus is coming, but when? Isaiah 2:1-5 & Matthew 24:15-28 at 8am.  Matthew 25:1-12 at 10.30am.

Dec 1st at 4pm: A portrait of John the Baptist.  Malachi 3-4 and gospel passages about John the Baptist.

Dec 8th: Prepare the way for the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12.

Dec 15th: A serious query for Jesus. Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11.

Dec 22nd: Who is Jesus going to be? Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25.

Dec 24th/25th: God's Word became flesh. Hebrews 1, John 1:1-14.

Dec 29th: God involved with us. Hebrews 2:10-18, Matthew 2:13-23.

2020: Readings as set out in the lectionary:

Jan 5th: Jesus the light for all people. Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

Jan 12th: Jesus commissioned. Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-end.

Jan 19th: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42.

Jan 26th: Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1,4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 (all requested by our visiting preacher).

Feb 2nd: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Luke 2:22-40 at 8am; Jonah at 10.30am

Feb 9th: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Matthew 5:13-20

Feb 16th: (2 before Lent) Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 6:25-34

Feb 23rd: (1 before Lent: Jesus' transfiguration) 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:9-23

Mar 1st: (Lent 1) Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 at 8am; The most important commandment Mark 12:28-34 at 10.30am.

Mar 8th: (Lent 2) Romans 4:1-5,13-17, John 3:1-17 (Jesus and Nicodemus)

Mar 15th: (Lent 3) Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 (Jesus and the woman at the well)

Mar 22nd: (Lent 4) Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 (Jesus and the man born blind)

Mar 29th: (Lent 5) Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45 (Jesus and Lazarus)

April 5th: (Palm Sunday) Matthew 21:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54

April 12th: (Easter Sunday) Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 28:1-14.

The underlined readings are the ones we will be focusing on as the themes of the services (but sometimes we don't make a specific choice until very close to the time itself). We use just the underlined reading at the 11.15am services, but at our 9.30am services we use both readings. On the first Sunday of each month our two services may have different themes, and we may not plan the theme of the 10.30am Family Service until very close to the time itself.

Family Services.

As a rough guide to thinking, we are considering using the following themes at Family Services on the first Sunday of each month in 2020:

January: Jesus the Light of the World.

February: Jonah.

March: The most important commandment (Mark 12:28-34)

April: Palm Sunday

May: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)

June: Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

July: Joseph (in Genesis)

August: Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4:35-41)

September: The miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11)

These are not set in stone, but they might serve as a guide for the zones in our services.

This page was last updated on 16th December 2019.