The Big Story
May Narrative Lectionary
During the month of May we will be spending time in
Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, experiencing the fire of
the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and transitioning to the book of
Psalms for our first series of the summer. In case you miss
a Sunday here are the texts we will be hearing throughout
the month of May:
May 3 Romans 1:1-17 – Eagerness in Proclamation
In this, the introduction to Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul writes at length about his eagerness to proclaim the gospel to these people he has not yet met and his desire to come to them and join them in community.
May 10 Romans 5:1-11 – God’s Love Poured Out
Even in suffering hope does not disappoint us because our hope is founded on nothing less than God’s great love poured out for us!
May 17 Romans 6:1-14 – Hope of Resurrection
We have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, Paul writes. What does that mean? According to Paul it means that just as we are united to Christ in death, the death of sin and death itself, we are also united to the new life found in Christ’s resurrection. Because he lives we shall live too! Alleluia! Amen!
May 24 Romans 8:18-39 – Pentecost/Nothing Can Separate Us
What do the story of the arrival of the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire at Pentecost and Paul’s soaring prose in Roman’s 8 have in common? We are woven together as one people in Christ through the Holy Spirit and because of that nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
May 31 Psalm 1– Planted by Streams of Living Water
Who are the “happy” and the “wise”? According to the Psalmist they are those who
meditate on God’s word day and night. They are so deeply rooted in God’s
good desire for God’s children that they cannot help but flourish and thrive! May it
be so with us.