First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Go and Make Disciples!
 
 
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 15
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 36
             First Reading       Genesis 43:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 6:1–7
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 101
             First Reading       1 Kings 3:16–28 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 6:1–7

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 36
PSALM 36
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD.
      1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
      deep in his heart;
      there is no fear of God
      before his eyes.
      2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes
      that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
      3 The words of his mouth are mischief and deceit;
      he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
      4 He plots mischief while on his bed;
      he sets himself in a way that is not good;
      he spurns not evil.
      5 Thy steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
      thy faithfulness to the clouds.
      6 Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God,
      thy judgments are like the great deep;
      man and beast thou savest, O LORD.
      7 How precious is thy steadfast love, O God!
      The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.
      8 They feast on the abundance of thy house,
      and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights.
      9 For with thee is the fountain of life;
      in thy light do we see light.
      10 O continue thy steadfast love to those who know thee,
      and thy salvation to the upright of heart!
      11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
      nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
      12 There the evildoers lie prostrate,
      they are thrust down, unable to rise.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Genesis 43:1–15
1 Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 And when they had eaten the grain which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3 But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food; 5 but if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’” 6 Israel said, “Why did you treat me so ill as to tell the man that you had another brother?” 7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?’ What we told him was in answer to these questions; could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” 8 And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. 9 I will be surety for him; of my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame for ever; 10 for if we had not delayed, we would now have returned twice.”
11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man a present, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the money with you; carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man; 14 may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, that he may send back your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” 15 So the men took the present, and they took double the money with them, and Benjamin; and they arose and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
 
SECOND READING
Acts 6:1–7
1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 101
PSALM 101
A Psalm of David.
      1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
      to thee, O LORD, I will sing.
      2 I will give heed to the way that is blameless.
      Oh when wilt thou come to me?
      I will walk with integrity of heart
      within my house;
      3 I will not set before my eyes
      anything that is base.
      I hate the work of those who fall away;
      it shall not cleave to me.
      4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
      I will know nothing of evil.
      5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly
      I will destroy.
      The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart
      I will not endure.
      6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
      that they may dwell with me;
      he who walks in the way that is blameless
      shall minister to me.
      7 No man who practices deceit
      shall dwell in my house;
      no man who utters lies
      shall continue in my presence.
      8 Morning by morning I will destroy
      all the wicked in the land,
      cutting off all the evildoers
      from the city of the LORD.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 3:16–28
16 Then two harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 Then on the third day after I was delivered, this woman also gave birth; and we were alone; there was no one else with us in the house, only we two were in the house. 19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it. 20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while your maidservant slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, it was dead; but when I looked at it closely in the morning, behold, it was not the child that I had borne.” 22 But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king.
23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’” 24 And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.” 26 Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means slay it.” But the other said, “It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it.” 27 Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means slay it; she is its mother.” 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to render justice.
 
SECOND READING
Acts 6:1–7
1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
 
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 15
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 36
             First Reading       Genesis 45:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 7:9–16
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 101
             First Reading       1 Kings 7:1–12 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 7:9–16

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 36
PSALM 36
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD.
      1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
      deep in his heart;
      there is no fear of God
      before his eyes.
      2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes
      that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
      3 The words of his mouth are mischief and deceit;
      he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
      4 He plots mischief while on his bed;
      he sets himself in a way that is not good;
      he spurns not evil.
      5 Thy steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
      thy faithfulness to the clouds.
      6 Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God,
      thy judgments are like the great deep;
      man and beast thou savest, O LORD.
      7 How precious is thy steadfast love, O God!
      The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.
      8 They feast on the abundance of thy house,
      and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights.
      9 For with thee is the fountain of life;
      in thy light do we see light.
      10 O continue thy steadfast love to those who know thee,
      and thy salvation to the upright of heart!
      11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
      nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
      12 There the evildoers lie prostrate,
      they are thrust down, unable to rise.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Genesis 45:1–15
1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, “Make every one go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, I pray you.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Make haste and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry; 10 you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have; 11 and there I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come; lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Make haste and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
 
SECOND READING
Acts 7:9–16
9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him, 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time. 13 And at the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls; 15 and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers, 16 and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 101
PSALM 101
A Psalm of David.
      1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
      to thee, O LORD, I will sing.
      2 I will give heed to the way that is blameless.
      Oh when wilt thou come to me?
      I will walk with integrity of heart
      within my house;
      3 I will not set before my eyes
      anything that is base.
      I hate the work of those who fall away;
      it shall not cleave to me.
      4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
      I will know nothing of evil.
      5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly
      I will destroy.
      The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart
      I will not endure.
      6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
      that they may dwell with me;
      he who walks in the way that is blameless
      shall minister to me.
      7 No man who practices deceit
      shall dwell in my house;
      no man who utters lies
      shall continue in my presence.
      8 Morning by morning I will destroy
      all the wicked in the land,
      cutting off all the evildoers
      from the city of the LORD.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 7:1–12
1 Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.
2 He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was a hundred cubits, and its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, and it was built upon three rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars. 3 And it was covered with cedar above the chambers that were upon the forty-five pillars, fifteen in each row. 4 There were window frames in three rows, and window opposite window in three tiers. 5 All the doorways and windows had square frames, and window was opposite window in three tiers.
6 And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth thirty cubits; there was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy before them.
7 And he made the Hall of the Throne where he was to pronounce judgment, even the Hall of Judgment; it was finished with cedar from floor to rafters.
8 His own house where he was to dwell, in the other court back of the hall, was of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken in marriage.
9 All these were made of costly stones, hewn according to measure, sawed with saws, back and front, even from the foundation to the coping, and from the court of the house of the LORD to the great court. 10 The foundation was of costly stones, huge stones, stones of eight and ten cubits. 11 And above were costly stones, hewn according to measurement, and cedar. 12 The great court had three courses of hewn stone round about, and a course of cedar beams; so had the inner court of the house of the LORD, and the vestibule of the house.
 
SECOND READING
Acts 7:9–16
9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him, 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time. 13 And at the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls; 15 and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers, 16 and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
 
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 15
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 36
             First Reading       Genesis 47:13–26 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Mark 8:14–21
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 101
             First Reading       1 Kings 8:1–21 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Mark 8:14–21

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 36
PSALM 36
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD.
      1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
      deep in his heart;
      there is no fear of God
      before his eyes.
      2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes
      that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
      3 The words of his mouth are mischief and deceit;
      he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
      4 He plots mischief while on his bed;
      he sets himself in a way that is not good;
      he spurns not evil.
      5 Thy steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
      thy faithfulness to the clouds.
      6 Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God,
      thy judgments are like the great deep;
      man and beast thou savest, O LORD.
      7 How precious is thy steadfast love, O God!
      The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.
      8 They feast on the abundance of thy house,
      and thou givest them drink from the river of thy delights.
      9 For with thee is the fountain of life;
      in thy light do we see light.
      10 O continue thy steadfast love to those who know thee,
      and thy salvation to the upright of heart!
      11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
      nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
      12 There the evildoers lie prostrate,
      they are thrust down, unable to rise.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Genesis 47:13–26
13 Now there was no food in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, “Give us food; why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Joseph answered, “Give your cattle, and I will give you food in exchange for your cattle, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their cattle to Joseph; and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the asses: and he supplied them with food in exchange for all their cattle that year. 18 And when that year was ended, they came to him the following year, and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent; and the herds of cattle are my lord’s; there is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be slaves to Pharaoh; and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe upon them. The land became Pharaoh’s; 21 and as for the people, he made slaves of them from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy; for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh, and lived on the allowance which Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be slaves to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh’s.
 
SECOND READING
Mark 8:14–21
14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.” 17 And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 101
PSALM 101
A Psalm of David.
      1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
      to thee, O LORD, I will sing.
      2 I will give heed to the way that is blameless.
      Oh when wilt thou come to me?
      I will walk with integrity of heart
      within my house;
      3 I will not set before my eyes
      anything that is base.
      I hate the work of those who fall away;
      it shall not cleave to me.
      4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
      I will know nothing of evil.
      5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly
      I will destroy.
      The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart
      I will not endure.
      6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
      that they may dwell with me;
      he who walks in the way that is blameless
      shall minister to me.
      7 No man who practices deceit
      shall dwell in my house;
      no man who utters lies
      shall continue in my presence.
      8 Morning by morning I will destroy
      all the wicked in the land,
      cutting off all the evildoers
      from the city of the LORD.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 8:1–21
1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. 5 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. 6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. 7 For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. 8 And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; and they are there to this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.
12 Then Solomon said,
      “The LORD has set the sun in the heavens,
      but has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
      13 I have built thee an exalted house,
      a place for thee to dwell in for ever.”
14 Then the king faced about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. 15 And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, 16 ‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city in all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.’ 17 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 18 But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart; 19 nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ 20 Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise which he made; for I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 21 And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
 
SECOND READING
Mark 8:14–21
14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.” 17 And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
 
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 34:15–22
             First Reading       Joshua 22:1–9 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 84
             First Reading       1 Kings 4:20–28 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       1 Thessalonians 5:1–11

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 34:15–22
      15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
      and his ears toward their cry.
      16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
      to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
      17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
      and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
      and saves the crushed in spirit.
      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.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Joshua 22:1–9
1 Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, 2 and said to them, “You have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you; 3 you have not forsaken your brethren these many days, down to this day, but have been careful to keep the charge of the LORD your God. 4 And now the LORD your God has given rest to your brethren, as he promised them; therefore turn and go to your home in the land where your possession lies, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan. 5 Take good care to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away; and they went to their homes.
7 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan; but to the other half Joshua had given a possession beside their brethren in the land west of the Jordan. And when Joshua sent them away to their homes and blessed them, 8 he said to them, “Go back to your homes with much wealth, and with very many cattle, with silver, gold, bronze, and iron, and with much clothing; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.” 9 So the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned home, parting from the people of Israel at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, their own land of which they had possessed themselves by command of the LORD through Moses.
 
SECOND READING
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
1 But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 84
PSALM 84
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
      1 How lovely is thy dwelling place,
      O LORD of hosts!
      2 My soul longs, yea, faints
      for the courts of the LORD;
      my heart and flesh sing for joy
      to the living God.
      3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
      and the swallow a nest for herself,
      where she may lay her young,
      at thy altars, O LORD of hosts,
      my King and my God.
      4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
      ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
      5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
      in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
      6 As they go through the valley of Baca
      they make it a place of springs;
      the early rain also covers it with pools.
      7 They go from strength to strength;
      the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
      8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
      give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
      9 Behold our shield, O God;
      look upon the face of thine anointed!
      10 For a day in thy courts is better
      than a thousand elsewhere.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
      than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
      11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
      he bestows favor and honor.
      No good thing does the LORD withhold
      from those who walk uprightly.
      12 O LORD of hosts,
      blessed is the man who trusts in thee!
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 4:20–28
20 Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea; they ate and drank and were happy. 21 Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
22 Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty cors of fine flour, and sixty cors of meal, 23 ten fat oxen, and twenty pasture-fed cattle, a hundred sheep, besides harts, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl. 24 For he had dominion over all the region west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the Euphrates; and he had peace on all sides round about him. 25 And Judah and Israel dwelt in safety, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon. 26 Solomon also had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27 And those officers supplied provisions for King Solomon, and for all who came to King Solomon’s table, each one in his month; they let nothing be lacking. 28 Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds they brought to the place where it was required, each according to his charge.
 
SECOND READING
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
1 But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
 
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 34:15–22
             First Reading       Joshua 22:10–20 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Romans 13:11–14
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 84
             First Reading       1 Kings 4:29–34 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Romans 13:11–14

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 34:15–22
      15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
      and his ears toward their cry.
      16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
      to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
      17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
      and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
      and saves the crushed in spirit.
      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.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Joshua 22:10–20
10 And when they came to the region about the Jordan, that lies in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, an altar of great size. 11 And the people of Israel heard say, “Behold, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region about the Jordan, on the side that belongs to the people of Israel.” 12 And when the people of Israel heard of it, the whole assembly of the people of Israel gathered at Shiloh, to make war against them.
13 Then the people of Israel sent to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, 14 and with him ten chiefs, one from each of the tribal families of Israel, every one of them the head of a family among the clans of Israel. 15 And they came to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, and they said to them, 16 “Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, ‘What is this treachery which you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the LORD, by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the LORD? 17 Have we not had enough of the sin at Peor from which even yet we have not cleansed ourselves, and for which there came a plague upon the congregation of the LORD, 18 that you must turn away this day from following the LORD? And if you rebel against the LORD today he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel tomorrow. 19 But now, if your land is unclean, pass over into the LORD’S land where the LORD’S tabernacle stands, and take for yourselves a possession among us; only do not rebel against the LORD, or make us as rebels by building yourselves an altar other than the altar of the LORD our God. 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah break faith in the matter of the devoted things, and wrath fell upon all the congregation of Israel? And he did not perish alone for his iniquity.’”
 
SECOND READING
Romans 13:11–14
11 Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; 12 the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 84
PSALM 84
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
      1 How lovely is thy dwelling place,
      O LORD of hosts!
      2 My soul longs, yea, faints
      for the courts of the LORD;
      my heart and flesh sing for joy
      to the living God.
      3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
      and the swallow a nest for herself,
      where she may lay her young,
      at thy altars, O LORD of hosts,
      my King and my God.
      4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
      ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
      5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
      in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
      6 As they go through the valley of Baca
      they make it a place of springs;
      the early rain also covers it with pools.
      7 They go from strength to strength;
      the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
      8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
      give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
      9 Behold our shield, O God;
      look upon the face of thine anointed!
      10 For a day in thy courts is better
      than a thousand elsewhere.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
      than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
      11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
      he bestows favor and honor.
      No good thing does the LORD withhold
      from those who walk uprightly.
      12 O LORD of hosts,
      blessed is the man who trusts in thee!
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 4:29–34
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and largeness of mind like the sand on the seashore, 30 so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the nations round about. 32 He also uttered three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. 34 And men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
 
SECOND READING
Romans 13:11–14
11 Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; 12 the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
 
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 34:15–22
             First Reading       Joshua 22:21–34 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 11:5–13
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 84
             First Reading       1 Kings 5:1–12 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 11:5–13

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 34:15–22
      15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
      and his ears toward their cry.
      16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
      to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
      17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
      and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
      and saves the crushed in spirit.
      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.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Joshua 22:21–34
21 Then the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel, 22 “The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith toward the LORD, spare us not today 23 for building an altar to turn away from following the LORD; or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or cereal offerings or peace offerings on it, may the LORD himself take vengeance. 24 Nay, but we did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, ‘What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? 25 For the LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you Reubenites and Gadites; you have no portion in the LORD.’ So your children might make our children cease to worship the LORD. 26 Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice, 27 but to be a witness between us and you, and between the generations after us, that we do perform the service of the LORD in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and peace offerings; lest your children say to our children in time to come, “You have no portion in the LORD.”’ 28 And we thought, If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we should say, ‘Behold the copy of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you.’ 29 Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn away this day from following the LORD by building an altar for burnt offering, cereal offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle!”
30 When Phinehas the priest and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites spoke, it pleased them well. 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites, “Today we know that the LORD is in the midst of us, because you have not committed this treachery against the LORD; now you have saved the people of Israel from the hand of the LORD.”
32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the chiefs, returned from the Reubenites and the Gadites in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the people of Israel, and brought back word to them. 33 And the report pleased the people of Israel; and the people of Israel blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them, to destroy the land where the Reubenites and the Gadites were settled. 34 The Reubenites and the Gadites called the altar Witness; “For,” said they, “it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.”
 
SECOND READING
Luke 11:5–13
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 84
PSALM 84
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
      1 How lovely is thy dwelling place,
      O LORD of hosts!
      2 My soul longs, yea, faints
      for the courts of the LORD;
      my heart and flesh sing for joy
      to the living God.
      3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
      and the swallow a nest for herself,
      where she may lay her young,
      at thy altars, O LORD of hosts,
      my King and my God.
      4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
      ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
      5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
      in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
      6 As they go through the valley of Baca
      they make it a place of springs;
      the early rain also covers it with pools.
      7 They go from strength to strength;
      the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
      8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
      give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
      9 Behold our shield, O God;
      look upon the face of thine anointed!
      10 For a day in thy courts is better
      than a thousand elsewhere.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
      than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
      11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
      he bestows favor and honor.
      No good thing does the LORD withhold
      from those who walk uprightly.
      12 O LORD of hosts,
      blessed is the man who trusts in thee!
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 5:1–12
1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father; for Hiram always loved David. 2 And Solomon sent word to Hiram, 3 “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune. 5 And so I purpose to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set upon your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ 6 Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me; and my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set; for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”
7 When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly, and said, “Blessed be the LORD this day, who has given to David a wise son to be over this great people.” 8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent to me; I am ready to do all you desire in the matter of cedar and cypress timber. 9 My servants shall bring it down to the sea from Lebanon; and I will make it into rafts to go by sea to the place you direct, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall receive it; and you shall meet my wishes by providing food for my household.” 10 So Hiram supplied Solomon with all the timber of cedar and cypress that he desired, 11 while Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty thousand cors of beaten oil. Solomon gave this to Hiram year by year. 12 And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and the two of them made a treaty.
 
SECOND READING
Luke 11:5–13
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 16
Lectionary/Ordinary 21 - Sunday between August 21 and August 27
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 34:15–22
             New Testament       Ephesians 6:10–20
             Gospel       John 6:56–69
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       (1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10–11) 22–30, 41–43 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 84
             New Testament       Ephesians 6:10–20
             Gospel       John 6:56–69

Index of Readings

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

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18
1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Your fathers lived of old beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.
14 “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if you be unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land; therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 34:15–22
      15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
      and his ears toward their cry.
      16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
      to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
      17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
      and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
      and saves the crushed in spirit.
      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
Ephesians 6:10–20
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; 16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
 
GOSPEL
John 6:56–69
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.”59 This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Caperna-um.
60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. 67 Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

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

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
(1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10–11) 22–30, 41–43
[
1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim.
10 And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. ]
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; 23 and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to thy servants who walk before thee with all their heart; 24 who hast kept with thy servant David my father what thou didst declare to him; yea, thou didst speak with thy mouth, and with thy hand hast fulfilled it this day. 25 Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father what thou hast promised him, saying, ‘There shall never fail you a man before me to sit upon the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ 26 Now therefore, O God of Israel, let thy word be confirmed, which thou hast spoken to thy servant David my father.
27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 28 Yet have regard to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God, hearkening to the cry and to the prayer which thy servant prays before thee this day; 29 that thy eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which thou hast said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that thou mayest hearken to the prayer which thy servant offers toward this place. 30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, forgive.
41 “Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of thy people Israel, comes from a far country for thy name’s sake 42 (for they shall hear of thy great name, and thy mighty hand, and of thy outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to thee; in order that all the peoples of the earth may know thy name and fear thee, as do thy people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
 
PSALM
Psalm 84
PSALM 84
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
      1 How lovely is thy dwelling place,
      O LORD of hosts!
      2 My soul longs, yea, faints
      for the courts of the LORD;
      my heart and flesh sing for joy
      to the living God.
      3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
      and the swallow a nest for herself,
      where she may lay her young,
      at thy altars, O LORD of hosts,
      my King and my God.
      4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
      ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
      5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,
      in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
      6 As they go through the valley of Baca
      they make it a place of springs;
      the early rain also covers it with pools.
      7 They go from strength to strength;
      the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
      8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
      give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
      9 Behold our shield, O God;
      look upon the face of thine anointed!
      10 For a day in thy courts is better
      than a thousand elsewhere.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
      than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
      11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
      he bestows favor and honor.
      No good thing does the LORD withhold
      from those who walk uprightly.
      12 O LORD of hosts,
      blessed is the man who trusts in thee!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 6:10–20
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; 16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
 
GOSPEL
John 6:56–69
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.”59 This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Caperna-um.
60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. 67 Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
 

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:97–104
             First Reading       Nehemiah 9:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Ephesians 5:21–6:9
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 11
             First Reading       1 Kings 5:13–18 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Ephesians 5:21–6:9

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 119:97–104
      97 Oh, how I love thy law!
      It is my meditation all the day.
      98 Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
      for it is ever with me.
      99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
      for thy testimonies are my meditation.
      100 I understand more than the aged,
      for I keep thy precepts.
      101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
      in order to keep thy word.
      102 I do not turn aside from thy ordinances,
      for thou hast taught me.
      103 How sweet are thy words to my taste,
      sweeter than honey to my mouth!
      104 Through thy precepts I get understanding;
      therefore I hate every false way.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Nehemiah 9:1–15
1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth upon their heads. 2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; for another fourth of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God. 4 Upon the stairs of the Levites stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmi-el, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani; and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God. 5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmi-el, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be thy glorious name which is exalted above all blessing and praise.”
6 And Ezra said: “Thou art the LORD, thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and thou preservest all of them; and the host of heaven worships thee. 7 Thou art the LORD, the God who didst choose Abram and bring him forth out of Ur of the Chaldeans and give him the name Abraham; 8 and thou didst find his heart faithful before thee, and didst make with him the covenant to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite; and thou hast fulfilled thy promise, for thou art righteous.
9 “And thou didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and hear their cry at the Red Sea, 10 and didst perform signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for thou knewest that they acted insolently against our fathers; and thou didst get thee a name, as it is to this day. 11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land; and thou didst cast their pursuers into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters. 12 By a pillar of cloud thou didst lead them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go. 13 Thou didst come down upon Mount Sinai, and speak with them from heaven and give them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, 14 and thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and command them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses thy servant. 15 Thou didst give them bread from heaven for their hunger and bring forth water for them from the rock for their thirst, and thou didst tell them to go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
 
SECOND READING
Ephesians 5:21–6:9
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; 33 however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Chapter 6
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ; 6 not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good any one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 11
PSALM 11
To the choirmaster. Of David.
      1 In the LORD I take refuge;
      how can you say to me,
      “Flee like a bird to the mountains;
      2 for lo, the wicked bend the bow,
      they have fitted their arrow to the string,
      to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
      3 if the foundations are destroyed,
      what can the righteous do”?
      4 The LORD is in his holy temple,
      the LORD’S throne is in heaven;
      his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.
      5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
      and his soul hates him that loves violence.
      6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone;
      a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
      7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves righteous deeds;
      the upright shall behold his face.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 5:13–18
13 King Solomon raised a levy of forced labor out of all Israel; and the levy numbered thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in relays; they would be a month in Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the levy. 15 Solomon also had seventy thousand burden-bearers and eighty thousand hewers of stone in the hill country, 16 besides Solomon’s three thousand three hundred chief officers who were over the work, who had charge of the people who carried on the work. 17 At the king’s command, they quarried out great, costly stones in order to lay the foundation of the house with dressed stones. 18 So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the men of Gebal did the hewing and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.
 
SECOND READING
Ephesians 5:21–6:9
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; 33 however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Chapter 6
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ; 6 not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good any one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
 
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:97–104
             First Reading       Nehemiah 9:16–31 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Ephesians 6:21–24
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 11
             First Reading       1 Kings 6:1–14 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Ephesians 6:21–24

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 119:97–104
      97 Oh, how I love thy law!
      It is my meditation all the day.
      98 Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
      for it is ever with me.
      99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
      for thy testimonies are my meditation.
      100 I understand more than the aged,
      for I keep thy precepts.
      101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
      in order to keep thy word.
      102 I do not turn aside from thy ordinances,
      for thou hast taught me.
      103 How sweet are thy words to my taste,
      sweeter than honey to my mouth!
      104 Through thy precepts I get understanding;
      therefore I hate every false way.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Nehemiah 9:16–31
16 “But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey thy commandments; 17 they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders which thou didst perform among them; but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. But thou art a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and didst not forsake them. 18 Even when they had made for themselves a molten calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies, 19 thou in thy great mercies didst not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud which led them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night which lighted for them the way by which they should go. 20 Thou gavest thy good Spirit to instruct them, and didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. 21 Forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. 22 And thou didst give them kingdoms and peoples, and didst allot to them every corner; so they took possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan. 23 Thou didst multiply their descendants as the stars of heaven, and thou didst bring them into the land which thou hadst told their fathers to enter and possess. 24 So the descendants went in and possessed the land, and thou didst subdue before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and didst give them into their hands, with their kings and the peoples of the land, that they might do with them as they would. 25 And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took possession of houses full of all good things, cisterns hewn out, vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance; so they ate, and were filled and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
26 “Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against thee and cast thy law behind their back and killed thy prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to thee, and they committed great blasphemies. 27 Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer; and in the time of their suffering they cried to thee and thou didst hear them from heaven; and according to thy great mercies thou didst give them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies. 28 But after they had rest they did evil again before thee, and thou didst abandon them to the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them; yet when they turned and cried to thee thou didst hear from heaven, and many times thou didst deliver them according to thy mercies. 29 And thou didst warn them in order to turn them back to thy law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey thy commandments, but sinned against thy ordinances, by the observance of which a man shall live, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck and would not obey. 30 Many years thou didst bear with them, and didst warn them by thy Spirit through thy prophets; yet they would not give ear. Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of the peoples of the lands. 31 Nevertheless in thy great mercies thou didst not make an end of them or forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
 
SECOND READING
Ephesians 6:21–24
21 Now that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 11
PSALM 11
To the choirmaster. Of David.
      1 In the LORD I take refuge;
      how can you say to me,
      “Flee like a bird to the mountains;
      2 for lo, the wicked bend the bow,
      they have fitted their arrow to the string,
      to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
      3 if the foundations are destroyed,
      what can the righteous do”?
      4 The LORD is in his holy temple,
      the LORD’S throne is in heaven;
      his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.
      5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
      and his soul hates him that loves violence.
      6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone;
      a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
      7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves righteous deeds;
      the upright shall behold his face.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 6:1–14
1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the LORD. 2 The house which King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. 3 The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house. 4 And he made for the house windows with recessed frames. 5 He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running round the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary; and he made side chambers all around. 6 The lowest story was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad; for around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house.
7 When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry; so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple, while it was being built.
8 The entrance for the lowest story was on the south side of the house; and one went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle story to the third. 9 So he built the house, and finished it; and he made the ceiling of the house of beams and planks of cedar. 10 He built the structure against the whole house, each story five cubits high, and it was joined to the house with timbers of cedar.
11 Now the word of the LORD came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my ordinances and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.”
14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.
 
SECOND READING
Ephesians 6:21–24
21 Now that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying.
 
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 16
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:97–104
             First Reading       Isaiah 33:10–16 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       John 15:16–25
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 11
             First Reading       1 Kings 6:15–38 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       John 15:16–25

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 119:97–104
      97 Oh, how I love thy law!
      It is my meditation all the day.
      98 Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
      for it is ever with me.
      99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
      for thy testimonies are my meditation.
      100 I understand more than the aged,
      for I keep thy precepts.
      101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
      in order to keep thy word.
      102 I do not turn aside from thy ordinances,
      for thou hast taught me.
      103 How sweet are thy words to my taste,
      sweeter than honey to my mouth!
      104 Through thy precepts I get understanding;
      therefore I hate every false way.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Isaiah 33:10–16
      10 “Now I will arise,” says the LORD,
      “now I will lift myself up;
      now I will be exalted.
      11 You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble;
      your breath is a fire that will consume you.
      12 And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,
      like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.”
      13 Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
      and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
      14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
      trembling has seized the godless:
      “Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire?
      Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
      15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
      who despises the gain of oppressions,
      who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
      who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
      and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil,
      16 he will dwell on the heights;
      his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
      his bread will be given him, his water will be sure.
 
SECOND READING
John 15:16–25
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 This I command you, to love one another.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It is to fulfil the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 11
PSALM 11
To the choirmaster. Of David.
      1 In the LORD I take refuge;
      how can you say to me,
      “Flee like a bird to the mountains;
      2 for lo, the wicked bend the bow,
      they have fitted their arrow to the string,
      to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
      3 if the foundations are destroyed,
      what can the righteous do”?
      4 The LORD is in his holy temple,
      the LORD’S throne is in heaven;
      his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.
      5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
      and his soul hates him that loves violence.
      6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone;
      a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
      7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves righteous deeds;
      the upright shall behold his face.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Kings 6:15–38
15 He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the rafters of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside with wood; and he covered the floor of the house with boards of cypress. 16 He built twenty cubits of the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor to the rafters, and he built this within as an inner sanctuary, as the most holy place. 17 The house, that is, the nave in front of the inner sanctuary, was forty cubits long. 18 The cedar within the house was carved in the form of gourds and open flowers; all was cedar, no stone was seen. 19 The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD. 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high; and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also made an altar of cedar. 21 And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. 22 And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.
23 In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. 24 Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. 25 The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. 26 The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. 27 He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house; and the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house. 28 And he overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 He carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. 30 The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.
31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts formed a pentagon. 32 He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; he overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubim and upon the palm trees.
33 So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, 34 and two doors of cypress wood; the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. 35 On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers; and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied upon the carved work. 36 He built the inner court with three courses of hewn stone and one course of cedar beams.
37 In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv. 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.

SECOND READING
John 15:16–25
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 This I command you, to love one another.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It is to fulfil the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 17
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 15
             First Reading       Exodus 32:1–14 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       James 1:1–8
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9
             First Reading       Song of Solomon 1:1–17 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       James 1:1–8

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 15
PSALM 15
A Psalm of David.
      1 O LORD, who shall sojourn in thy tent?
      Who shall dwell on thy holy hill?
      2 He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right,
      and speaks truth from his heart;
      3 who does not slander with his tongue,
      and does no evil to his friend,
      nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
      4 in whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
      but who honors those who fear the LORD;
      who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
      5 who does not put out his money at interest,
      and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
      He who does these things shall never be moved.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Exodus 32:1–14
1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, “Up, make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 And Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made a molten calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
7 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; 8 they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” 9 And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; 10 now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.”
11 But Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.’” 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.
 
SECOND READING
James 1:1–8
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
      Greeting.
2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7, 8 For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9
      1 My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
      I address my verses to the king;
      my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
      2 You are the fairest of the sons of men;
      grace is poured upon your lips;
      therefore God has blessed you for ever.

      6 Your divine throne endures for ever and ever.
      Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
      7 you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
      Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
      with the oil of gladness above your fellows;
      8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
      From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
      9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
      at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
Song of Solomon 1:1–17
1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
      2 O that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!
      For your love is better than wine,
      3 your anointing oils are fragrant,
      your name is oil poured out;
      therefore the maidens love you.
      4 Draw me after you, let us make haste.
      The king has brought me into his chambers.
      We will exult and rejoice in you;
      we will extol your love more than wine;
      rightly do they love you.
      5 I am very dark, but comely,
      O daughters of Jerusalem,
      like the tents of Kedar,
      like the curtains of Solomon.
      6 Do not gaze at me because I am swarthy,
      because the sun has scorched me.
      My mother’s sons were angry with me,
      they made me keeper of the vineyards;
      but, my own vineyard I have not kept!
      7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
      where you pasture your flock,
      where you make it lie down at noon;
      for why should I be like one who wanders
      beside the flocks of your companions?
      8 If you do not know,
      O fairest among women,
      follow in the tracks of the flock,
      and pasture your kids
      beside the shepherds’ tents.
      9 I compare you, my love,
      to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.
      10 Your cheeks are comely with ornaments,
      your neck with strings of jewels.
      11 We will make you ornaments of gold,
      studded with silver.
      12 While the king was on his couch,
      my nard gave forth its fragrance. 13 My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh,
      that lies between my breasts.
      14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
      in the vineyards of Engedi.
      15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
      behold, you are beautiful;
      your eyes are doves.
      16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved,
      truly lovely.
      Our couch is green;
      17 the beams of our house are cedar,
      our rafters are pine.
 
SECOND READING
James 1:1–8
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
      Greeting.
2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7, 8 For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.
 
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 17
YEAR B

  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 15
             First Reading       Exodus 32:15–35 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       James 1:9–16
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9
             First Reading       Song of Solomon 2:1–7 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       James 1:9–16

Index of Readings

Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I

PSALM
Psalm 15
PSALM 15
A Psalm of David.
      1 O LORD, who shall sojourn in thy tent?
      Who shall dwell on thy holy hill?
      2 He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right,
      and speaks truth from his heart;
      3 who does not slander with his tongue,
      and does no evil to his friend,
      nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
      4 in whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
      but who honors those who fear the LORD;
      who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
      5 who does not put out his money at interest,
      and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
      He who does these things shall never be moved.
 
FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Exodus 32:15–35
15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mountain with the two tables of the testimony in his hands, tables that were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. 17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” 18 But he said, “It is not the sound of shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing that I hear.” 19 And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it upon the water, and made the people of Israel drink it.
21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought a great sin upon them?” 22 And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot; you know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 24 And I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off’; so they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and there came out this calf.”
25 And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to their shame among their enemies), 26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the LORD’S side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Put every man his sword on his side, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. 29 And Moses said, “Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, that he may bestow a blessing upon you this day.”
30 On the morrow Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31 So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” 33 But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. 34 But now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”
35 And the LORD sent a plague upon the people, because they made the calf which Aaron made.
 
SECOND READING
James 1:9–16
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; 14 but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
 
OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II

PSALM
Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9
      1 My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
      I address my verses to the king;
      my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
      2 You are the fairest of the sons of men;
      grace is poured upon your lips;
      therefore God has blessed you for ever.

      6 Your divine throne endures for ever and ever.
      Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
      7 you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
      Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
      with the oil of gladness above your fellows;
      8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
      From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
      9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
      at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
 
FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
Song of Solomon 2:1–7
1 I am a rose of Sharon,
      a lily of the valleys.
      2 As a lily among brambles,
      so is my love among maidens.
      3 As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
      so is my beloved among young men.
      With great delight I sat in his shadow,
      and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
      4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
      and his banner over me was love.
      5 Sustain me with raisins,
      refresh me with apples;
      for I am sick with love.
      6 O that his left hand were under my head,
      and that his right hand embraced me!
      7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
      by the gazelles or the hinds of the field,
      that you stir not up nor awaken love
      until it please.
 
SECOND READING
James 1:9–16
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; 14 but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

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