Sermons That Work

For more than 20 years, Sermons That Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, has provided free sermons, Bible studies, bulletin inserts, and other resources that speak to congregations across the Church. Our writers and readers come from numerous and varied backgrounds, and the resources we provide are used in small house churches, sprawling cathedrals, and everything between.

Lectionary Calendar

Find this Sunday’s readings and more observances of the church year.

This Sunday’s Readings:
Lent 2 (B) – February 25, 2024

Sermons

We offer a large archive of sermons, as well as a new sermon every week.

This Sunday’s Sermon:
Unpredictable, Lent 2 (B) – February 25, 2024

Bible Studies

Our weekly Bible studies are produced by our very own Episcopalian seminarians.

This Sunday’s Bible Study:
Lent 2 (B) – February 25, 2024

Bulletin Inserts

Weekly inserts teach about the theology, history, and people of The Episcopal Church.

This Sunday’s Bulletin Insert:
Lent 2 (B) – Life Transformed, Week 2 – February 25, 2024

Lesson Plans

Find lesson plans written by experienced church teachers.

Old Testament Lesson Plan: Lent 2 (B) – God Will Call You By Name – February 25, 2024

Gospel Lesson Plan: Lent 2 (B) – Take Up Your Cross – February 25, 2024

Sermons That Work Podcast

About Sermons That Work

Receive free weekly Sermons That Work resources!

Upcoming Sermons

The Identity of the Slain, Good Friday – March 29, 2024

[RCL] Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 After listening to the achingly beautiful words of Second Isaiah, to the despair of Psalm 22, and…

Continue reading

Adaptation, Maundy Thursday – March 28, 2024

[RCL] Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 There’s a theory you may have heard about – hedonic adaptation. Basically, it means we get…

Continue reading

The Paradox of Judas, Wednesday in Holy Week – March 27, 2024

[RCL] Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32 The Paradox of Judas: ultimate betrayer or player in the cosmic drama of salvation? Today’s gospel passage begins, “After saying this…

Continue reading

The Hero Revealed, Tuesday in Holy Week – March 26, 2024

[RCL] Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 Sometimes our eyes deceive us. We think we know what we’re looking at, but it turns out that reality is…

Continue reading

To the End and Beyond, Monday in Holy Week – March 25, 2024

[RCL] Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11 We return, as we always do on Monday of Holy Week, to the little house in Bethany. Ears still ringing from…

Continue reading

God Save the People, Palm Sunday (B) – March 24, 2024

[RCL] Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 “When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy, when? Not kings and lords, but nations, Not thrones and…

Continue reading

For Your Sake, Lent 5 (B) – March 17, 2024

[RCL] Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 Some foreigners, outsiders, show up for the festival. They say, “We wish to see Jesus.” Philip runs to…

Continue reading

Born From Above, Lent 4 (B) – March 10, 2024

[RCL] Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 Our Gospel passage today is the end of a conversation Jesus had with the Pharisee Nicodemus. Some might hear that…

Continue reading

Sacred Spaces, Lent 3 (B) – March 3, 2024

[RCL] Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 In 2008, in Jerusalem, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a fistfight broke out between Greek and Armenian monks.…

Continue reading

Upcoming Bible Studies

Bible Study: Easter Day (B) – March 31, 2024

RCL: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 Acts 10:34-43 This passage is part of the story of Peter and a centurion named Cornelius. Here, Peter is…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Palm Sunday (B) – March 24, 2024

RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 Isaiah 50:4-9 Biblical scholars largely place this passage within what is called “Deutero-Isaiah,” the second of three movements in the Book…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Lent 5 (B) – March 17, 2024

RCL: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Even though the book of Jeremiah is set amid times of extraordinary suffering for the people,…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Lent 4 (B) – March 10, 2024

RCL: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 Numbers 21:4-9 The Book of Numbers recounts the 40-year-long journey of the ancient Israelites through the wilderness, toward the Promised…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Lent 3 (B) – March 3, 2024

RCL: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 Exodus 20:1-17 This week’s Old Testament reading begins with God reminding the Hebrew people that God has delivered them from…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Lent 2 (B) – February 25, 2024

LCR: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 The one thing Abram has wanted since receiving the promise from God that he would be the…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Lent 1 (B) – February 18, 2024

RCL: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Genesis 9:8-17 The scale of this interaction between God and Noah is at once vast and intimate. We are reminded…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Last Sunday in Epiphany (B) – February 11, 2024

RCL: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 2 Kings 2:1-12 Elisha and the company of prophets knew the great prophet Elijah would leave them, that God…

Continue reading

Bible Study: Epiphany 5 (B) – February 4, 2024

RCL: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 Isaiah 40:21-31 In Isaiah 39, the prophet gave Yahweh’s judgment to King Hezekiah: Judah would soon be overtaken by…

Continue reading

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Sermons That Work podcast to hear this sermon and more on your favorite podcasting app! Recordings are released the Thursday before each liturgical date.

Receive Free Weekly Sermons That Work Resources!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact:
Christopher Sikkema

Editor

Click here

This page is available in: Español