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2023 – 2024 Reading Plan

Below you will find our reading plan for October, 2023 through October, 2024 (which is essentially tied to the Hebrew calendar year 5784).  Although we did not originally plan to follow an annual cycle, we chose to do so and tie our shared readings to the millennia old practice (still practiced in nearly all Jewish synagogues to this day) of annually* reading through the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible sometimes referred to as the Pentateuch or, as Jesus’ referred to it in the Gospel accounts, the Law). This was almost certainly the practice of the earliest Jewish Christians – and likely the early Christians regardless of Jewish background — although the actual selections and timing of the reading may have varied.

Our services include a Gospel reading, and we go through the entirety of a particular Gospel account over the course of the year.  In addition to Gospel and Torah readings, we have chosen to include select readings from the other books of the Hebrew Bible that correspond to the Torah readings – something known as the Haftarah.  The Haftarah selections come from the Neviʾim (the Prophets), and Ketuvim (the Writings).  Interestingly, New Testament readers will note that Jesus refers to the Law and the Prophets, but not the Writings.  Although the Writings would have been known to First Century Jews and Jesus, they had not been cannonized by Jews of that time.

Lastly, to round out our reading plan, you will find selections from the New Testament books other than the Gospels.  These readings are on a four-year cycle, and this year we complete that cycle.

There is no magic formula to reading Scripture, of course, but we believe that being diligent readers of the Text will be beneficial and encouraging. Further, by following the general pattern of today’s Jewish people, and following a common pattern ourselves, we might also find ourselves to be more in step and in tune with those who would have been pursuing God in Jesus’ time and the time of the early Church. Whether you are part of our congregation or not, we invite you to read along with us!

* Many synagogues today utilize an alternative three-year Torah reading cycle.

Church MKE 2023 – 2024 Reading Plan

WeekDateGospel ReadingTorah ReadingHaftarahAdditional NT Reading
110/15/2023John 1:35 – 51Gen 1:1–6:81 Sam. 20:18-42Hebrews 11:1-22
210/22/2023John 2Gen 6:9–11:32Isa. 54:1–55:5Hebrews 11:23-40
310/29/2023John 3:1 – 21Gen 12:1–17:27Isa. 40:27–41:17Hebrews 12:1 – 13
411/5/2023John 3:22 – 36Gen 18:1–22:242 Kgs. 4:1-37Hebrews 12:14 – 29
511/12/2023John 4:1 – 26Gen 23:1–25:181 Kgs. 1:1-31Hebrews 13
611/19/2023John 4:27 – 38Gen 25:19–28:9Mal. 1:1–2:7James 1:1 – 18
711/26/2023John 4:39 – 54Gen 28:10–32:3Hos. 11:7 – 12:12James 1:19 – 27
812/3/2023John 5:1 – 15Gen 32:4–36:43Obad. 1:1-21James 2
912/10/2023John 5:16 – 30Gen 37:1–40:23Zech. 2:14–4:7James 3
1012/17/2023John 5:31 – 47Gen 41:1–44:171 Kgs. 3:15–4:1James 4
1112/24/2023John 6:1 – 15Gen 44:18–47:27Ezek. 37:15-28James 5:1-12
1212/31/2023John 6:16 – 24Gen 47:28–50:261 Kgs. 2:1-12James 5:13-20
131/7/2024John 6:25 – 42Exo 1:1–6:1Isa. 27:6–28:13; 29:22-231 Peter 1
141/14/2024John 6:42 – 70Exo 6:2–9:35Ezek. 28:25–29:211 Peter 2
151/21/2024John 7:1-13Exo 10:1–13:16Jer. 46:13-281 Peter 3
161/28/2024John 7:14-24Exo 13:17–17:16Judg. 4:4–5:311 Peter 4
172/4/2024John 7:25-36Exo 18:1–20:23Isa. 6:1–7:6; 9:5-61 Peter 5
182/11/2024John 7:37-52Exo 21:1–24:18Jer. 34:8 – 35:112 Peter 1
192/18/2024John 7:53 – 8:11Exo 25:1–27:191 Kgs. 5:26–6:132 Peter 2
202/25/2024John 8:12 – 59Exo 27:20–30:10Ezek. 43:10-272 Peter 3
213/3/2024John 9:1 – 34Exo 30:11–34:351 Kgs. 18:1-461 John 1
223/10/2024John 9:35 – 41Exo 35:1–38:201 Kings 7:40 – 8:191 John 2
233/17/2024John 10:1 – 21Exo 38:21 – 40:381 Kings 7:40 – 8:191 John 3
243/24/2024John 10:22 – 42Lev 1:1–5:26Isa. 43:21–44:231 John 4
253/31/2024John 11:1 – 16Lev 6:1–8:36Jer. 7:21 – 8:31 John 5
264/7/2024John 11:17 – 44Lev 9:1–11:472 Sam. 6:1–7:172 John 1
274/14/2024John 11:45 – 57Lev 12:1–13:592 Kings 4:42 – 5:193 John 1
284/21/2024John 12:1 – 11Lev 14:1 – 15:332 Kings 7:1 – 20Jude
294/28/2024John 12:12 – 19Lev 16:1–18:30Ezek. 22:1 – 20Revelation 1
305/5/2024John 12:20 – 36Lev 19:1–20:27Ezek. 22:1 – 19Revelation 2:1 – 11
315/12/2024John 12:37 – 50Lev 21:1–24:23Ezek. 44:15-45:11Revelation 2:12 – 17
325/19/2024John 13:1 – 17Lev 25:1–26:2Jer. 32:6-27Revelation 2:18 – 29
335/26/2024John 13:18 – 38Lev 26:3–27:34Jer. 16:19–17:14Revelation 3:1 – 6
346/2/2024John 14:1 – 14Num 1:1–4:20Hos. 2:1 – 2:22Revelation 3:7 – 13
356/9/2024John 14:15 – 31Num 4:21–7:89Judg. 13:2-25Revelation 3:14 – 22
366/16/2024John 15:1 – 17Num 8:1–12:16Zech. 2:14–4:10Revelation 4
376/23/2024John 15:18 – John 16:4Num 13:1–15:41Josh. 2:1-24Revelation 5
386/30/2024John 16:5 – 16Num 16:1–18:321 Sam. 11:14–12:22Revelation 6
397/7/2024John 16:17 – 33Num 19:1–22:1Judg. 11:1-40Revelation 7
407/14/2024John 17:1 – 5Num 22:2–25:9Micah 5:6–6:8Revelation 8
417/21/2024John 17:6 – 19Num 25:10–30:11 Kings 18:46 – 19:21Revelation 9
427/28/2024John 17:20 – 26Num 30:2–32:42Jer. 1:1–4:2Revelation 10
438/4/2024John 18:1 – 14Num 33:1–36:13Jer. 2:4-28; 3:4Revelation 11
448/11/2024John 18:15 – 27Deu 1:1–3:22Isa. 1:1-31Revelation 12
458/18/2024John 18:28 – 40Deu 3:23–7:11Isa. 40:1-27, Isa. 41:17Revelation 13
468/25/2024John 19:1 – 16Deu 7:12–11:25Isa. 49:14–51:3Revelation 14
479/1/2024John 19:16 – 27Deu 11:26–16:17Isa. 54:11–56:1Revelation 15
489/8/2024John 19:28 – 37Deu 16:18–21:9Isa. 51:12–52:12Revelation 16
499/15/2024John 19:38 – 42Deu 21:10–25:19Isa. 54:1-55:5Revelation 17
509/22/2024John 20:1 – 18Deu 26:1–29:8Isa. 60:1-22Revelation 18
519/29/2024John 20:19 – 31Deu 29:9–30:20Isa. 61:10-63:9Revelation 19
5210/6/2024John 21:1 – 14Deu 31:1-31:30Isa. 65:16-25Revelation 20
5310/13/2024John 21:15 – 24Deu 32:1–32:522 Sam. 22:1-51Revelation 21
5410/20/2024John 21:25Deu 33:1–34:12Josh. 1:1-18, 6:27Revelation 22