This year the Lectionary focuses on the Gospel of Mark, which is the shortest and first written of the Gospels. To help get you acquainted with some of the background, style and features of Mark please download this introduction (PDF).

Introducing the Gospel of Mark

Leading up to and including Easter this year we will be preaching through the whole book of Mark in narrative order. The dates and themes of the passages to be explored are as follows:

10 JanMk 1:4-13The baptism of Jesus
17 JanMk 1:14-20The good news … and the shape of Jesus’ ministry
31 JanMk 1:21-45A day in the life of Jesus
7 FebMk 2:1-3:6First signs of conflict and opposition
14 FebMk 3:7-35The renewed people of God
21 FebMk 4:1-6:6Jesus and the kingdom of God
28 FebMk 6:7-56Jesus’ ministry expands
7 MarMk 7:1-8:21Jesus in Gentile territory
14 MarMk 8:22-9:29Jesus the Messiah who must suffer and die
21 MarMk 9:30-10:52The cost of discipleship
28 MarMk 11:1-33Jesus enters Jerusalem
2 AprMk 14:53-15:47The passion and death of Jesus
4 AprMk 16:1-8The empty tomb … what now?