RCA Liturgical Calendar

The Reformed Church in America observes the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the seasons of the liturgical calendar. The General Synod of the RCA has also designated special Sundays during the church year for highlighting a variety of specific topics, such as friendship and communion. 

January 2021

1

New Years Day 

3
Second Sunday after Christmas Day

Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18

6
Epiphany of the Lord

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

10
First Sunday after the Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

17
Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 

18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (U.S.)
24
Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 

31
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111 ; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 

February 2021

7
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 

17
Presidents’ Day (U.S.)
18
Canada Family Day
14
Transfiguration Sunday

2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 

17
Ash Wednesday

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20–6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

21
First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 

28
Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9 

March 2021

7
Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 

14
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 

Day of Prayer for Crops and Industry; Daylight Saving Time begins 

21
Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 

28
Palm/Passion Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1–15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47) 

29
Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

30
Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 

31

Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

April 2021

1
Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 

2
Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1–19:42 

3
Holy Saturday

Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

4
Easter: Resurrection of the Lord

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 

11
Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1–2:2; John 20:19-31 

18
Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 

25
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 

May 2021

1
May Friendship Day (Church Women United)
6
National Day of Prayer
2
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 

9
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 

Rural Life Sunday; Mother’s Day 

13
Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47 or Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

16
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 

Women in Ministry Sunday 

23
Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39

24

Victoria Day (Canada)
30
Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 

31

Memorial Day

June 2021

6
Second Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1; Mark 3:20-35 

Day of prayer for General Synod 

13
Third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 15:34–16:13; Psalm 20; Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34 

Children’s Day

24

St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)

20
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20 or 1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 18:10-16; Psalm 133; Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 

Father’s Day

27
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 

RCA Camp Sunday 

July 2021

1

Canada Day 

4

Independence Day (U.S.)

12
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:(1-8), 9-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

19
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

26
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

25
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

August 2021

1
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

2

Civic Holiday (Ontario, Manitoba); British Columbia Day; Heritage Day (Alberta)

8
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

15
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

22
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

29
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 2021

5
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37

6

Labor Day 

12
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38

19
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37

26
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

October 2021

3
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

World Communion Sunday

10
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

11
Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33

History and Heritage Day (U.S.)

16

World Hunger Day

17
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Job 38:1-7, (34-41); Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35; Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Disability Awareness Sunday

24
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22); Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

Peace with Justice Sunday; Laity Sunday

31
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 119:1-8; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

Reformation Sunday

November 2021

1
All Saints Day

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Native American/Aboriginal Awareness Sunday 

5

World Community Day (Church Women United)

7
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28 ; Mark 12:38-44

Daylight saving time ends

11

Remembrance Day (Canada); Veterans Day (U.S.)

14
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

Stewardship Sunday

21
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Christ the King Sunday

25
Thanksgving Day (U.S.)

Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33

28
First Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

World Hunger Sunday (U.S.); National Bible Week begins/Bible Sunday

December 2021

5
Second Sunday of Advent

Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

12
Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

19
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

24
Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

25
Christmas: Nativity of the Lord

Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14

26
First Sunday after Christmas Day

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Boxing Day (Canada)

Plan calendar

The RCA Plan Calendar

The Plan Calendar includes all of the major holidays and liturgical celebrations, Scripture readings from the lectionary, RCA special Sundays, and space to plan and keep track of your own events and appointments.