First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Go and Make Disciples!
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, December 16
 
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18
 
SUNDAY, December 23
 
Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:46b-55
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45
 
SUNDAY, December 24
 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20
 
SUNDAY, December 30
 
1 Samuel 2:18-20,26
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    his hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his dwelling!
4 I would lay my case before him,
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would learn what he would answer me,
    and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
    No; but he would give heed to me.
7 There an upright person could reason with him,
    and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.
“Today also my complaint is bitter;
“If I go forward, he is not there;
    or backward, I cannot perceive him;
9 on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him;
    I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.

 
16 
    the Almighty has terrified me;
17 If only I could vanish in darkness,
    and thick darkness would cover my face!
God has made my heart faint;
 
The Word of the Lord!   Thanks be to God!
 
Listen for the Word of God found in the 4th Chapter of Hebrews:
 
12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
 
The Word of the Lord!   Thanks be to God!
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 25
Lectionary/Ordinary 30 - Sunday between October 23 and October 29
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 31:7–9 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 126
             New Testament       Hebrews 7:23–28
             Gospel       Mark 10:46–52
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Job 42:1–6, 10–17 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 34:1–8 (19–22)
             New Testament       Hebrews 7:23–28
             Gospel       Mark 10:46–52

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 31:7–9
      7 For thus says the LORD:
      “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
      and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
      proclaim, give praise, and say,
      ‘The LORD has saved his people,
      the remnant of Israel.’
      8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country,
      and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
      among them the blind and the lame,
      the woman with child and her who is in travail, together;
      a great company, they shall return here.
      9 With weeping they shall come,
      and with consolations I will lead them back,
      I will make them walk by brooks of water,
      in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
      for I am a father to Israel,
      and Ephraim is my first-born.
 
PSALM
Psalm 126
PSALM 126
A Song of Ascents.
      1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
      we were like those who dream.
      2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
      and our tongue with shouts of joy;
      then they said among the nations,
      “The LORD has done great things for them.”
      3 The LORD has done great things for us;
      we are glad.
      4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
      like the watercourses in the Negeb!
      5 May those who sow in tears
      reap with shouts of joy!
      6 He that goes forth weeping,
      bearing the seed for sowing,
      shall come home with shouts of joy,
      bringing his sheaves with him.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 7:23–28
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:46–52
46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Job 42:1–6, 10–17
      1 Then Job answered the LORD:
      2 “I know that thou canst do all things,
      and that no purpose of thine can be thwarted.
      3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
      Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
      things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
      4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
      I will question you, and you declare to me.’
      5 I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear,
      but now my eye sees thee;
      6 therefore I despise myself,
      and repent in dust and ashes.”
10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends; and the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house; and they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold. 12 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah; and the name of the second Keziah; and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land there were no women so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days.

PSALM
Psalm 34:1–8 (19–22)
      1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
      his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
      2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
      let the afflicted hear and be glad.
      3 O magnify the LORD with me,
      and let us exalt his name together!
      4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
      and delivered me from all my fears.
      5 Look to him, and be radiant;
      so your faces shall never be ashamed.
      6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him,
      and saved him out of all his troubles.
      7 The angel of the LORD encamps
      around those who fear him, and delivers them.
      8 O taste and see that the LORD is good!
      Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
[
      19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
      but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
      20 He keeps all his bones;
      not one of them is broken.
      21 Evil shall slay the wicked;
      and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
      22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
      none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
]

NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 7:23–28
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:46–52
46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 26
Lectionary/Ordinary 31 - Sunday between October 30 and November 5
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 6:1–9 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 119:1–8
             New Testament       Hebrews 9:11–14
             Gospel       Mark 12:28–34
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Ruth 1:1–18 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 146
             New Testament       Hebrews 9:11–14
             Gospel       Mark 12:28–34

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Deuteronomy 6:1–9
1 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it; 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them; that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; 5 and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
 
PSALM
Psalm 119:1–8
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
      who walk in the law of the LORD!
      2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
      who seek him with their whole heart,
      3 who also do no wrong,
      but walk in his ways!
      4 Thou hast commanded thy precepts
      to be kept diligently.
      5 O that my ways may be steadfast
      in keeping thy statutes!
      6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
      having my eyes fixed on all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with an upright heart,
      when I learn thy righteous ordinances.
      8 I will observe thy statutes;
      O forsake me not utterly!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 9:11–14
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 12:28–34
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Ruth 1:1–18
1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years; 5 and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.
6 Then she started with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she was, with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The LORD grant that you may find a home, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me.” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; 17 where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
 
PSALM
Psalm 146
PSALM 146
1 Praise the LORD!
      Praise the LORD, O my soul!
      2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
      I will sing praises to my God while I have being.
      3 Put not your trust in princes,
      in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
      4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth;
      on that very day his plans perish.
      5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
      whose hope is in the LORD his God,
      6 who made heaven and earth,
      the sea, and all that is in them;
      who keeps faith for ever;
      7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
      who gives food to the hungry.
      The LORD sets the prisoners free;
      8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
      The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
      the LORD loves the righteous.
      9 The LORD watches over the sojourners,
      he upholds the widow and the fatherless;
      but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
      10 The LORD will reign for ever,
      thy God, O Zion, to all generations.
      Praise the LORD!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 9:11–14
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 12:28–34
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 22
Lectionary/Ordinary 27 - Sunday between October 2 and October 8
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 2:18–24 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 8
             New Testament       Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12
             Gospel       Mark 10:2–16
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Job 1:1, 2:1–10 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 26
             New Testament       Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12
             Gospel       Mark 10:2–16

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Genesis 2:18–24
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; 22 and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
      “This at last is bone of my bones
      and flesh of my flesh;
      she shall be called Woman,
      because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.
 
PSALM
Psalm 8
PSALM 8
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
      1 O LORD, our Lord,
      how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
      Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted
      2 by the mouth of babes and infants,
      thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes,
      to still the enemy and the avenger.
      3 When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
      the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
      4 what is man that thou art mindful of him,
      and the son of man that thou dost care for him?
      5 Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
      and dost crown him with glory and honor.
      6 Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
      thou hast put all things under his feet,
      7 all sheep and oxen,
      and also the beasts of the field,
      8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
      whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
      9 O LORD, our Lord,
      how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12
1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,
      “What is man that thou art mindful of him,
      or the son of man, that thou carest for him?
      7 Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels,
      thou hast crowned him with glory and honor,
      8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,
      “I will proclaim thy name to my brethren,
      in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee.”
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:2–16
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Job 1:1, 2:1–10
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil.
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence have you come?” Satan answered the LORD, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.” 4 Then Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” 6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life.”
7 So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and afflicted Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God, and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
 
PSALM
Psalm 26
PSALM 26
A Psalm of David.
      1 Vindicate me, O LORD,
      for I have walked in my integrity,
      and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
      2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
      test my heart and my mind.
      3 For thy steadfast love is before my eyes,
      and I walk in faithfulness to thee.
       4 I do not sit with false men,
      nor do I consort with dissemblers;
      5 I hate the company of evildoers,
      and I will not sit with the wicked.
      6 I wash my hands in innocence,
      and go about thy altar, O LORD,
      7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
      and telling all thy wondrous deeds.
      8 O LORD, I love the habitation of thy house,
      and the place where thy glory dwells.
      9 Sweep me not away with sinners,
      nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
      10 men in whose hands are evil devices,
      and whose right hands are full of bribes.
      11 But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
      redeem me, and be gracious to me.
      12 My foot stands on level ground;
      in the great congregation I will bless the LORD.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12
1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,
      “What is man that thou art mindful of him,
      or the son of man, that thou carest for him?
      7 Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels,
      thou hast crowned him with glory and honor,
      8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,
      “I will proclaim thy name to my brethren,
      in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee.”
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:2–16
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 23
Lectionary/Ordinary 28 - Sunday between October 9 and October 15
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Amos 5:6–7, 10–15 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 90:12–17
             New Testament       Hebrews 4:12–16
             Gospel       Mark 10:17–31
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Job 23:1–9, 16–17 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 22:1–15
             New Testament       Hebrews 4:12–16
             Gospel       Mark 10:17–31


Index of Readings


Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15

      6 Seek the LORD and live,
      lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
      and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel,
      7 O you who turn justice to wormwood,
      and cast down righteousness to the earth!


      10 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
      and they abhor him who speaks the truth.
      11 Therefore because you trample upon the poor
      and take from him exactions of wheat,
      you have built houses of hewn stone,
      but you shall not dwell in them;
      you have planted pleasant vineyards,
      but you shall not drink their wine.
      12 For I know how many are your transgressions,
      and how great are your sins—
      you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
      and turn aside the needy in the gate.
      13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time;
      for it is an evil time.

      14 Seek good, and not evil,
      that you may live;
      and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you,
      as you have said.
      15 Hate evil, and love good,
      and establish justice in the gate;
      it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
      will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

 

PSALM
Psalm 90:12–17
      12 So teach us to number our days
      that we may get a heart of wisdom.

      13 Return, O LORD! How long?
      Have pity on thy servants!
      14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love,
      that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
      15 Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us,
      and as many years as we have seen evil.
      16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants,
      and thy glorious power to their children.
      17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
      and establish thou the work of our hands upon us,
      yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 4:12–16
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


GOSPEL
Mark 10:17–31
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II


OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Job 23:1–9, 16–17
      1 Then Job answered:
      2 “Today also my complaint is bitter,
      his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
      3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
      that I might come even to his seat!
      4 I would lay my case before him
      and fill my mouth with arguments.
      5 I would learn what he would answer me,
      and understand what he would say to me.
      6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
      No; he would give heed to me.
      7 There an upright man could reason with him,
      and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge.
      8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
      and backward, but I cannot perceive him;
      9 on the left hand I seek him, but I cannot behold him;
      I turn to the right hand, but I cannot see him.

      16 God has made my heart faint;
      the Almighty has terrified me;
      17 for I am hemmed in by darkness,
      and thick darkness covers my face.

 

PSALM
Psalm 22:1–15
      1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
      Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
      2 O my God, I cry by day, but thou dost not answer;
      and by night, but find no rest.

      3 Yet thou art holy,
      enthroned on the praises of Israel.
      4 In thee our fathers trusted;
      they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
      5 To thee they cried, and were saved;
      in thee they trusted, and were not disappointed.
      6 But I am a worm, and no man;
      scorned by men, and despised by the people.
      7 All who see me mock at me,
      they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
      8 “He committed his cause to the LORD; let him deliver him,
      let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

      9 Yet thou art he who took me from the womb;
      thou didst keep me safe upon my mother’s breasts.
      10 Upon thee was I cast from my birth,
      and since my mother bore me thou hast been my God.
      11 Be not far from me,
      for trouble is near
      and there is none to help.
      12 Many bulls encompass me,
      strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
      13 they open wide their mouths at me,
      like a ravening and roaring lion.

      14 I am poured out like water,
      and all my bones are out of joint;
      my heart is like wax,
      it is melted within my breast;
      15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
      and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
      thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 4:12–16
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


GOSPEL
Mark 10:17–31
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.

 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
Lectionary/Ordinary 29 - Sunday between October 16 and October 22
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Isaiah 53:4–12 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 91:9–16
             New Testament       Hebrews 5:1–10
             Gospel       Mark 10:35–45
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Job 38:1–7 (34–41) (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 104:1–9, 24, 35b
             New Testament       Hebrews 5:1–10
             Gospel       Mark 10:35–45

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Isaiah 53:4–12
      4 Surely he has borne our griefs
      and carried our sorrows;
      yet we esteemed him stricken,
      smitten by God, and afflicted.
      5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
      he was bruised for our iniquities;
      upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
      and with his stripes we are healed.
      6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
      we have turned every one to his own way;
      and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
      7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
      yet he opened not his mouth;
      like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
      and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb,
      so he opened not his mouth.
      8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
      and as for his generation, who considered
      that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
      stricken for the transgression of my people?
      9 And they made his grave with the wicked
      and with a rich man in his death,
      although he had done no violence,
      and there was no deceit in his mouth.
      10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise him;
      he has put him to grief;
      when he makes himself an offering for sin,
      he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days;
      the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand;
      11 he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;
      by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
      make many to be accounted righteous;
      and he shall bear their iniquities.
      12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great,
      and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
      because he poured out his soul to death,
      and was numbered with the transgressors;
      yet he bore the sin of many,
      and made intercession for the transgressors.
 
PSALM
Psalm 91:9–16
      9 Because you have made the LORD your refuge,
      the Most High your habitation,
      10 no evil shall befall you,
      no scourge come near your tent.
      11 For he will give his angels charge of you
      to guard you in all your ways.
      12 On their hands they will bear you up,
      lest you dash your foot against a stone.
      13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
      the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
      14 Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
      I will protect him, because he knows my name.
      15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble,
      I will rescue him and honor him.
      16 With long life I will satisfy him,
      and show him my salvation.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 5:1–10
1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
      “Thou art my Son,
      today I have begotten thee”;
      6 as he says also in another place,
      “Thou art a priest for ever,
      after the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:35–45
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Job 38:1–7 (34–41)
      1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
      2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
      3 Gird up your loins like a man,
      I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
      4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
      Tell me, if you have understanding.
      5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
      Or who stretched the line upon it?
      6 On what were its bases sunk,
      or who laid its cornerstone,
      7 when the morning stars sang together,
      and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
[
      34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
      that a flood of waters may cover you?
      35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
      and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
      36 Who has put wisdom in the clouds,
      or given understanding to the mists?
      37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
      Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
      38 when the dust runs into a mass
      and the clods cleave fast together?
      39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
      or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
      40 when they crouch in their dens,
      or lie in wait in their covert?
      41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
      when its young ones cry to God,
      and wander about for lack of food?
]

PSALM
Psalm 104:1–9, 24, 35b
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
      O LORD my God, thou art very great!
      Thou art clothed with honor and majesty,
      2 who coverest thyself with light as with a garment,
      who hast stretched out the heavens like a tent,
      3 who hast laid the beams of thy chambers on the waters,
      who makest the clouds thy chariot,
      who ridest on the wings of the wind,
      4 who makest the winds thy messengers,
      fire and flame thy ministers.
      5 Thou didst set the earth on its foundations,
      so that it should never be shaken.
      6 Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment;
      the waters stood above the mountains.
      7 At thy rebuke they fled;
      at the sound of thy thunder they took to flight.
      8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
      to the place which thou didst appoint for them.
      9 Thou didst set a bound which they should not pass,
      so that they might not again cover the earth.
      24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
      In wisdom hast thou made them all;
      the earth is full of thy creatures.
      35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
      and let the wicked be no more!
      Bless the LORD, O my soul!
      Praise the LORD!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 5:1–10
1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
      “Thou art my Son,
      today I have begotten thee”;
      6 as he says also in another place,
      “Thou art a priest for ever,
      after the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 10:35–45
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 27
Lectionary/Ordinary 32 - Sunday between November 6 and November 12
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       1 Kings 17:8–16 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 146
             New Testament       Hebrews 9:24–28
             Gospel       Mark 12:38–44
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       Ruth 3:1–5, 4:13–17 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 127
             New Testament       Hebrews 9:24–28
             Gospel       Mark 12:38–44

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
1 Kings 17:8–16
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a cruse; and now, I am gathering a couple of sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Fear not; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said; and she, and he, and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of meal was not spent, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD which he spoke by Elijah.
 
PSALM
Psalm 146
PSALM 146
1 Praise the LORD!
      Praise the LORD, O my soul!
      2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
      I will sing praises to my God while I have being.
      3 Put not your trust in princes,
      in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
      4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth;
      on that very day his plans perish.
      5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
      whose hope is in the LORD his God,
      6 who made heaven and earth,
      the sea, and all that is in them;
      who keeps faith for ever;
      7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
      who gives food to the hungry.
      The LORD sets the prisoners free;
      8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
      The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
      the LORD loves the righteous.
      9 The LORD watches over the sojourners,
      he upholds the widow and the fatherless;
      but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
      10 The LORD will reign for ever,
      thy God, O Zion, to all generations.
      Praise the LORD!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 9:24–28
24 For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

GOSPEL
Mark 12:38–44
38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places 39 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Ruth 3:1–5, 4:13–17
1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do.” 5 And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without next of kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
 
PSALM
Psalm 127
PSALM 127
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
      1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
      those who build it labor in vain.
      Unless the LORD watches over the city,
      the watchman stays awake in vain.
      2 It is in vain that you rise up early
      and go late to rest,
      eating the bread of anxious toil;
      for he gives to his beloved sleep.
      3 Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD,
      the fruit of the womb a reward.
      4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
      are the sons of one’s youth.
      5 Happy is the man who has
      his quiver full of them!
      He shall not be put to shame
      when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 9:24–28
24 For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

GOSPEL
Mark 12:38–44
38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places 39 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 28
Lectionary/Ordinary 33 - Sunday between November 13 and November 19
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Daniel 12:1–3 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 16
             New Testament       Hebrews 10:11–14 (15–18) 19–25
             Gospel       Mark 13:1–8
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       1 Samuel 1:4–20 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       1 Samuel 2:1–10
             New Testament       Hebrews 10:11–14 (15–18) 19–25
             Gospel       Mark 13:1–8

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Daniel 12:1–3
1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
 
PSALM
Psalm 16
PSALM 16
A Miktam of David.
      1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
      2 I say to the LORD, “Thou art my Lord;
      I have no good apart from thee.”
      3 As for the saints in the land, they are the noble,
      in whom is all my delight.
      4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
      their libations of blood I will not pour out
      or take their names upon my lips.
      5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
      thou holdest my lot.
      6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
      yea, I have a goodly heritage.
      7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
      in the night also my heart instructs me.
      8 I keep the LORD always before me;
      because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
      9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
      my body also dwells secure.
      10 For thou dost not give me up to Sheol,
      or let thy godly one see the Pit.
      11 Thou dost show me the path of life;
      in thy presence there is fulness of joy,
      in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 10:11–14 (15–18) 19–25
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
[15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ]
      16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
      after those days, says the Lord:
      I will put my laws on their hearts,
      and write them on their minds,”
      17 then he adds,
      “I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 13:1–8
1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”
3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
1 Samuel 1:4–20
4 On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters; 5 and, although he loved Hannah, he would give Hannah only one portion, because the LORD had closed her womb. 6 And her rival used to provoke her sorely, to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8 And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
9 After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD, and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy maidservant, and remember me, and not forget thy maidservant, but wilt give to thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
12 As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard; therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman sorely troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD. 16 Do not regard your maidservant as a base woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her countenance was no longer sad.
19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her; 20 and in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the LORD.”

PSALM
1 Samuel 2:1–10
1 Hannah also prayed and said,
      “My heart exults in the LORD;
      my strength is exalted in the LORD.
      My mouth derides my enemies,
      because I rejoice in thy salvation.
      2 “There is none holy like the LORD,
      there is none besides thee;
      there is no rock like our God.
      3 Talk no more so very proudly,
      let not arrogance come from your mouth;
      for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
      and by him actions are weighed.
      4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
      but the feeble gird on strength.
      5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
      but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
      The barren has borne seven,
      but she who has many children is forlorn.
      6 The LORD kills and brings to life;
      he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
      7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
      he brings low, he also exalts.
      8 He raises up the poor from the dust;
      he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
      to make them sit with princes
      and inherit a seat of honor.
      For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S,
      and on them he has set the world.
      9 “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones;
      but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
      for not by might shall a man prevail.
      10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
      against them he will thunder in heaven.
      The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
      he will give strength to his king,
      and exalt the power of his anointed.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 10:11–14 (15–18) 19–25
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
[15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ]
      16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
      after those days, says the Lord:
      I will put my laws on their hearts,
      and write them on their minds,”
      17 then he adds,
      “I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 13:1–8
1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”
3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
REIGN OF CHRIST OR CHRIST THE KING
Proper 29, Lectionary/Ordinary 34 - Sunday between November 20 and 26
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 93
             New Testament       Revelation 1:4b–8
             Gospel       John 18:33–37
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 23:1–7 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 132:1–12 (13–18)
             New Testament       Revelation 1:4b–8
             Gospel       John 18:33–37

Index of Readings

Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14
9 As I looked,
      thrones were placed
      and one that was ancient of days took his seat;
      his raiment was white as snow,
      and the hair of his head like pure wool;
      his throne was fiery flames,
      its wheels were burning fire.
      10 A stream of fire issued
      and came forth from before him;
      a thousand thousands served him,
      and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
      the court sat in judgment,
      and the books were opened.
13 I saw in the night visions,
      and behold, with the clouds of heaven
      there came one like a son of man,
      and he came to the Ancient of Days
      and was presented before him.
      14 And to him was given dominion
      and glory and kingdom,
      that all peoples, nations, and languages
      should serve him;
      his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
      which shall not pass away,
      and his kingdom one
      that shall not be destroyed.

PSALM
Psalm 93
PSALM 93
1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
      the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.
      Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
      2 thy throne is established from of old;
      thou art from everlasting.
      3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
      the floods have lifted up their voice,
      the floods lift up their roaring.
      4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
      mightier than the waves of the sea,
      the LORD on high is mighty!
      5 Thy decrees are very sure;
      holiness befits thy house,
      O LORD, for evermore.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Revelation 1:4b–8
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
 
GOSPEL
John 18:33–37
33 Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” 37 Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 23:1–7
1 Now these are the last words of David:
      The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,
      the oracle of the man who was raised on high,
      the anointed of the God of Jacob,
      the sweet psalmist of Israel:
      2 “The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me,
      his word is upon my tongue.
      3 The God of Israel has spoken,
      the Rock of Israel has said to me:
      When one rules justly over men,
      ruling in the fear of God,
      4 he dawns on them like the morning light,
      like the sun shining forth upon a cloudless morning,
      like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
      5 Yea, does not my house stand so with God?
      For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
      ordered in all things and secure.
      For will he not cause to prosper
      all my help and my desire?
      6 But godless men are all like thorns that are thrown away;
      for they cannot be taken with the hand;
      7 but the man who touches them
      arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,
      and they are utterly consumed with fire.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 132:1–12 (13–18)
      1 Remember, O LORD, in David’s favor,
      all the hardships he endured;
      2 how he swore to the LORD
      and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
      3 “I will not enter my house
      or get into my bed;
      4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
      or slumber to my eyelids,
      5 until I find a place for the LORD,
      a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
      6 Lo, we heard of it in Ephrathah,
      we found it in the fields of Jaar.
      7 “Let us go to his dwelling place;
      let us worship at his footstool!”
      8 Arise, O LORD, and go to thy resting place,
      thou and the ark of thy might.
      9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness,
      and let thy saints shout for joy.
      10 For thy servant David’s sake
      do not turn away the face of thy anointed one.
      11 The LORD swore to David a sure oath
      from which he will not turn back:
      “One of the sons of your body
      I will set on your throne.
      12 If your sons keep my covenant
      and my testimonies which I shall teach them,
      their sons also for ever
      shall sit upon your throne.”
[
      13 For the LORD has chosen Zion;
      he has desired it for his habitation:
      14 “This is my resting place for ever;
      here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
      15 I will abundantly bless her provisions;
      I will satisfy her poor with bread.
      16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
      and her saints will shout for joy.
      17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
      I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
      18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
      but upon himself his crown will shed its luster.”
]

NEW TESTAMENT
Revelation 1:4b–8
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
 
GOSPEL
John 18:33–37
33 Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” 37 Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 | ADVENT
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 33:14–16
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–10
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 3:9–13
             Gospel       Luke 21:25–36

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Jeremiah 33:14–16
14 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
 
PSALM
Psalm 25:1–10
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
      10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
      for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 3:9–13
9 For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy which we feel for your sake before our God, 10 praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

GOSPEL
Luke 21:25–36
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34 “But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; 35 for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. 36 But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.”
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018 | ADVENT
MONDAY AFTER THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C
             Psalm       Psalm 90
             First Reading       Numbers 17:1–11
             Second Reading       2 Peter 3:1–18

Index of Readings

PSALM
Psalm 90
PSALM 90
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
      1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place
      in all generations.
      2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
      or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
      3 Thou turnest man back to the dust,
      and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!”
      4 For a thousand years in thy sight
      are but as yesterday when it is past,
      or as a watch in the night.
      5 Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream,
      like grass which is renewed in the morning:
      6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
      in the evening it fades and withers.
      7 For we are consumed by thy anger;
      by thy wrath we are overwhelmed.
      8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee,
      our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
      9 For all our days pass away under thy wrath,
      our years come to an end like a sigh.
      10 The years of our life are threescore and ten,
      or even by reason of strength fourscore;
      yet their span is but toil and trouble;
      they are soon gone, and we fly away.
      11 Who considers the power of thy anger,
      and thy wrath according to the fear of thee?
      12 So teach us to number our days
      that we may get a heart of wisdom.
      13 Return, O LORD! How long?
      Have pity on thy servants!
      14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love,
      that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
      15 Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us,
      and as many years as we have seen evil.
      16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants,
      and thy glorious power to their children.
      17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
      and establish thou the work of our hands upon us,
      yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
 
FIRST READING
Numbers 17:1–11
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, and get from them rods, one for each fathers’ house, from all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods. Write each man’s name upon his rod, 3 and write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each fathers’ house. 4 Then you shall deposit them in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you. 5 And the rod of the man whom I choose shall sprout; thus I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the people of Israel, which they murmur against you.” 6 Moses spoke to the people of Israel; and all their leaders gave him rods, one for each leader, according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in the tent of the testimony.
8 And on the morrow Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds, and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the people of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. 10 And the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a sign for the rebels, that you may make an end of their murmurings against me, lest they die.” 11 Thus did Moses; as the LORD commanded him, so he did.
 
SECOND READING
2 Peter 3:1–18
1 This is now the second letter that I have written to you, beloved, and in both of them I have aroused your sincere mind by way of reminder; 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water, 6 through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C
             Old Testament       Baruch 5:1–9 or Malachi 3:1–4
             Psalm       Luke 1:68–79
             New Testament       Philippians 1:3–11
             Gospel       Luke 3:1–6

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Option A
Baruch 5:1–9
1 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
      and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. 2 Put on the robe of the righteousness from God;
      put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting. 3 For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven. 4 For your name will for ever be called by God,
      “Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.” 5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height
      and look toward the east,
      and see your children gathered from west and east,
      at the word of the Holy One,
      rejoicing that God has remembered them. 6 For they went forth from you on foot,
      led away by their enemies;
      but God will bring them back to you,
      carried in glory, as on a royal throne. 7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
      and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
      so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. 8 The woods and every fragrant tree
      have shaded Israel at God’s command. 9 For God will lead Israel with joy,
      in the light of his glory,
      with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
 
OR
Option B
Malachi 3:1–4
1 “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
 
PSALM
Luke 1:68–79
      68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
      for he has visited and redeemed his people,
      69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David,
      70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
      71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
      and from the hand of all who hate us;
      72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
      and to remember his holy covenant,
      73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74 to grant us
      that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
      might serve him without fear,
      75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
      76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
      77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
      in the forgiveness of their sins,
      78 through the tender mercy of our God,
      when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
      79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
      to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 1:3–11
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 3:1–6
1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberi-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysani-as tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; 3 and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
      “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      Prepare the way of the Lord,
      make his paths straight.
      5 Every valley shall be filled,
      and every mountain and hill shall be brought low,
      and the crooked shall be made straight,
      and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
      6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C
             Old Testament       Baruch 5:1–9 or Malachi 3:1–4
             Psalm       Luke 1:68–79
             New Testament       Philippians 1:3–11
             Gospel       Luke 3:1–6

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Option A
Baruch 5:1–9
1 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
      and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. 2 Put on the robe of the righteousness from God;
      put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting. 3 For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven. 4 For your name will for ever be called by God,
      “Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.” 5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height
      and look toward the east,
      and see your children gathered from west and east,
      at the word of the Holy One,
      rejoicing that God has remembered them. 6 For they went forth from you on foot,
      led away by their enemies;
      but God will bring them back to you,
      carried in glory, as on a royal throne. 7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
      and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
      so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. 8 The woods and every fragrant tree
      have shaded Israel at God’s command. 9 For God will lead Israel with joy,
      in the light of his glory,
      with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
 
OR
Option B
Malachi 3:1–4
1 “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
 
PSALM
Luke 1:68–79
      68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
      for he has visited and redeemed his people,
      69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David,
      70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
      71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
      and from the hand of all who hate us;
      72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
      and to remember his holy covenant,
      73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74 to grant us
      that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
      might serve him without fear,
      75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
      76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
      77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
      in the forgiveness of their sins,
      78 through the tender mercy of our God,
      when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
      79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
      to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 1:3–11
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 3:1–6
1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberi-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysani-as tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; 3 and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
      “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      Prepare the way of the Lord,
      make his paths straight.
      5 Every valley shall be filled,
      and every mountain and hill shall be brought low,
      and the crooked shall be made straight,
      and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
      6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR C
             Old Testament       Zephaniah 3:14–20
             Psalm       Isaiah 12:2–6
             New Testament       Philippians 4:4–7
             Gospel       Luke 3:7–18

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Zephaniah 3:14–20
      14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
      shout, O Israel!
      Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
      O daughter of Jerusalem!
      15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you,
      he has cast out your enemies.
      The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
      you shall fear evil no more.
      16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
      “Do not fear, O Zion;
      let not your hands grow weak.
      17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
      a warrior who gives victory;
      he will rejoice over you with gladness,
      he will renew you in his love;
      he will exult over you with loud singing
      18 as on a day of festival.
      “I will remove disaster from you,
      so that you will not bear reproach for it.
      19 Behold, at that time I will deal
      with all your oppressors.
      And I will save the lame
      and gather the outcast,
      and I will change their shame into praise
      and renown in all the earth.
      20 At that time I will bring you home,
      at the time when I gather you together;
      yea, I will make you renowned and praised
      among all the peoples of the earth,
      when I restore your fortunes
      before your eyes,” says the LORD.
 
PSALM
Isaiah 12:2–6
      2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
      I will trust, and will not be afraid;
      for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
      and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
      “Give thanks to the LORD,
      call upon his name;
      make known his deeds among the nations,
      proclaim that his name is exalted.
      5 “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
      let this be known in all the earth.
      6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
      for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 4:4–7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. 6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 3:7–18
7 He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the multitudes asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than is appointed you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
15 As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2018 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY
Sunday between December 26 and 31
YEAR C
             Old Testament       1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26
             Psalm       Psalm 148
             New Testament       Colossians 3:12–17
             Gospel       Luke 2:41–52

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26
18 Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy girded with a linen ephod. 19 And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The LORD give you children by this woman for the loan which she lent to the LORD”; so then they would return to their home.
26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.
 
PSALM
Psalm 148
PSALM 148
1 Praise the LORD!
      Praise the LORD from the heavens,
      praise him in the heights!
      2 Praise him, all his angels,
      praise him, all his host!
      3 Praise him, sun and moon,
      praise him, all you shining stars!
      4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
      and you waters above the heavens!
      5 Let them praise the name of the LORD!
      For he commanded and they were created.
      6 And he established them for ever and ever;
      he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.
      7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
      you sea monsters and all deeps,
      8 fire and hail, snow and frost,
      stormy wind fulfilling his command!
      9 Mountains and all hills,
      fruit trees and all cedars!
      10 Beasts and all cattle,
      creeping things and flying birds!
      11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
      princes and all rulers of the earth!
      12 Young men and maidens together,
      old men and children!
      13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
      for his name alone is exalted;
      his glory is above earth and heaven.
      14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
      praise for all his saints,
      for the people of Israel who are near to him.
      Praise the LORD!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Colossians 3:12–17
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 2:41–52
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47 and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” 49 And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018 | CHRISTMAS

Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.