Inclusive Language Lectionary - Sample Verses

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Genesis 12:1-5 - Year A (first edition 1983)

Abram and Sarai are chosen to play a decisive role in God's purpose for history.

1Now GOD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your family's house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves."

4So Abram went, as GOD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had gathered, and the persons that they had gotten in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan,

Psalm 23 - Year B (revised 1987)

1 GOD [[or The LORD]] is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2 God makes me lie down in green pastures,
and leads me beside still waters;
3 God restores my soul.
God leads me in paths of righteousness
for God's name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of GOD [[or the LORD]]

Isaiah 55:1-3 - Year A (first edition 1983)

The prophet Isaiah bids everyone who is thirsty to come to God and be
satisfied by the word of God.

1Ho, every one who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and any one who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in fatness.
3lncline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

Mark 1:9-13 - Year B (revised 1987)

Mark tells about Jesus' baptism and temptation, and about the beginning of Jesus' ministry.

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And having come up out of the water, immediately Jesus saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11 and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Child; with you I am well pleased."
12 The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 And Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.

John 1:1-5 - Year B (revised 1987)

The author of the Gospel of John unfolds the mystery of the incarnation.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The Word was in the beginning with God;3 all things were made through the Word, and without the Word was not anything made that was made. 4 In the Word was life, and the life was the light of all.5 The light shines in the deepest night, and the night has not overcome it.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 - Year B (revised 1987)

Paul recalls the tradition of the appearances of the risen Christ.

1 Now I would remind you, sisters and brothers, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, 2 by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 that Christ was buried, and was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that Christ appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then Christ appeared to more than five hundred followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then Christ appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, Christ appeared also to me.


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