First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 7
Lectionary/Ordinary 12 - Sunday between June 19 and June 25
YEAR B

  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Job 38:1–11 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 6:1–13
             Gospel       Mark 4:35–41
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4–11, 19–23) 32–49 or 1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 18:10–16 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 9:9–20 or Psalm 133
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 6:1–13
             Gospel       Mark 4:35–41

Index of Readings

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

OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Job 38:1–11
      1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
      2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
      3 Gird up your loins like a man,
      I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
      4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
      Tell me, if you have understanding.
      5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
      Or who stretched the line upon it?
      6 On what were its bases sunk,
      or who laid its cornerstone,
      7 when the morning stars sang together,
      and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
      8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors,
      when it burst forth from the womb;
      9 when I made clouds its garment,
      and thick darkness its swaddling band,
      10 and prescribed bounds for it,
      and set bars and doors,
      11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
      and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
 
PSALM
Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32
      1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
      for his steadfast love endures for ever!
      2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
      whom he has redeemed from trouble
      3 and gathered in from the lands,
      from the east and from the west,
      from the north and from the south.

      23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
      doing business on the great waters;
      24 they saw the deeds of the LORD,
      his wondrous works in the deep.
      25 For he commanded, and raised the stormy wind,
      which lifted up the waves of the sea.
      26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
      their courage melted away in their evil plight;
      27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men,
      and were at their wits’ end.
      28 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
      and he delivered them from their distress;
      29 he made the storm be still,
      and the waves of the sea were hushed.
      30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
      and he brought them to their desired haven.
      31 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
      for his wonderful works to the sons of men!
      32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
      and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 6:1–13
1 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
      “At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
      and helped you on the day of salvation.”
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return—I speak as to children—widen your hearts also.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 4:35–41
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” 41 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
 
OR
Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Option A
(1 Samuel 17:1a, 4–11, 19–23) 32–49
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1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had greaves of bronze upon his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 And David rose early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took the provisions, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the encampment as the host was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21 And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22 And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. 23 As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
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32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth; and if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him and killed him. 36 Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!” 38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a helmet of bronze on his head, and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword over his armor, and he tried in vain to go, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these; for I am not used to them.” And David put them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in his shepherd’s bag or wallet; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 And when the Philistine looked, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and comely in appearance. 43 And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and he will give you into our hand.”
48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

OR
Option B
1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 18:10–16
57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
Chapter 18
1 When he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his girdle. 5 And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him; so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
10 And on the morrow an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11 and Saul cast the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice.
12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. 13 So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David had success in all his undertakings; for the LORD was with him. 15 And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David; for he went out and came in before them.
 
PSALM
Option A
Psalm 9:9–20
      9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
      a stronghold in times of trouble.
      10 And those who know thy name put their trust in thee,
      for thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.
      11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
      Tell among the peoples his deeds!
      12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
      he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
      13 Be gracious to me, O LORD!
      Behold what I suffer from those who hate me,
      O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,
      14 that I may recount all thy praises,
      that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
      I may rejoice in thy deliverance.
      15 The nations have sunk in the pit which they made;
      in the net which they hid has their own foot been caught.
      16 The LORD has made himself known, he has executed judgment;
      the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. [Higgaion. Selah]
      17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
      all the nations that forget God.
      18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
      and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
      19 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
      let the nations be judged before thee!
      20 Put them in fear, O LORD!
      Let the nations know that they are but men! [Selah]
 
OR
Option B
Psalm 133
PSALM 133
A Song of Ascents.
      1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
      when brothers dwell in unity!
      2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
      running down upon the beard,
      upon the beard of Aaron,
      running down on the collar of his robes!
      3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
      which falls on the mountains of Zion!
      For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
      life for evermore.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 6:1–13
1 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
      “At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
      and helped you on the day of salvation.”
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return—I speak as to children—widen your hearts also.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 4:35–41
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” 41 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
 
Consultation on Common Texts. (2011). Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 8
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 30
             First Reading       Lamentations 2:1–12 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 8:1–7
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 130
             First Reading       1 Samuel 20:1–25 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 8:1–7


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 30

PSALM 30

A Psalm of David. A Song at the dedication of the Temple.

      1 I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up,
      and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
      2 O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help,
      and thou hast healed me.
      3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol,
      restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

      4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
      and give thanks to his holy name.
      5 For his anger is but for a moment,
      and his favor is for a lifetime.
      Weeping may tarry for the night,
      but joy comes with the morning.
      6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
      “I shall never be moved.”
      7 By thy favor, O LORD,
      thou hadst established me as a strong mountain;
      thou didst hide thy face,
      I was dismayed.

      8 To thee, O LORD, I cried;
      and to the LORD I made supplication:
      9 “What profit is there in my death,
      if I go down to the Pit?
      Will the dust praise thee?
      Will it tell of thy faithfulness?
      10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
      O LORD, be thou my helper!”

      11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
      thou hast loosed my sackcloth
      and girded me with gladness,
      12 that my soul may praise thee and not be silent.
      O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Lamentations 2:1–12
1 How the Lord in his anger
      has set the daughter of Zion under a cloud!
      He has cast down from heaven to earth
      the splendor of Israel;
      he has not remembered his footstool
      in the day of his anger.

      2 The Lord has destroyed without mercy
      all the habitations of Jacob;
      in his wrath he has broken down
      the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
      he has brought down to the ground in dishonor
      the kingdom and its rulers.

      3 He has cut down in fierce anger
      all the might of Israel;
      he has withdrawn from them his right hand
      in the face of the enemy;
      he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
      consuming all around.

      4 He has bent his bow like an enemy,
      with his right hand set like a foe;
      and he has slain all the pride of our eyes
      in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
      he has poured out his fury like fire.

      5 The Lord has become like an enemy,
      he has destroyed Israel;
      he has destroyed all its palaces,
      laid in ruins its strongholds;
      and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
      mourning and lamentation.
      6 He has broken down his booth like that of a garden,
      laid in ruins the place of his appointed feasts;
      the LORD has brought to an end in Zion
      appointed feast and sabbath,
      and in his fierce indignation has spurned
      king and priest.
      7 The Lord has scorned his altar,
      disowned his sanctuary;
      he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
      the walls of her palaces;
      a clamor was raised in the house of the LORD
      as on the day of an appointed feast.

      8 The LORD determined to lay in ruins
      the wall of the daughter of Zion;
      he marked it off by the line;
      he restrained not his hand from destroying;
      he caused rampart and wall to lament,
      they languish together.

      9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
      he has ruined and broken her bars;
      her king and princes are among the nations;
      the law is no more,
      and her prophets obtain
      no vision from the LORD.

      10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
      sit on the ground in silence;
      they have cast dust on their heads
      and put on sackcloth;
      the maidens of Jerusalem
      have bowed their heads to the ground.

      11 My eyes are spent with weeping;
      my soul is in tumult;
      my heart is poured out in grief
      because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
      because infants and babes faint
      in the streets of the city.

      12 They cry to their mothers,
      “Where is bread and wine?”
      as they faint like wounded men
      in the streets of the city,
      as their life is poured out
      on their mothers’ bosom.

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 8:1–7
1 We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 6 Accordingly we have urged Titus that as he had already made a beginning, he should also complete among you this gracious work. 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 130

PSALM 130

A Song of Ascents.

      1 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
      2 Lord, hear my voice!
      Let thy ears be attentive
      to the voice of my supplications!

      3 If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities,
      Lord, who could stand?
      4 But there is forgiveness with thee,
      that thou mayest be feared.
      5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
      and in his word I hope;
      6 my soul waits for the LORD
      more than watchmen for the morning,
      more than watchmen for the morning.

      7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
      For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
      and with him is plenteous redemption.
      8 And he will redeem Israel
      from all his iniquities.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Samuel 20:1–25
1 Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?” 2 And he said to him, “Far from it! You shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me; and why should my father hide this from me? It is not so.” 3 But David replied, “Your father knows well that I have found favor in your eyes; and he thinks, ‘Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.’ But truly, as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.” 4 Then said Jonathan to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.” 5 David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit at table with the king; but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field till the third day at evening. 6 If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city; for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.’ 7 If he says, ‘Good!’ it will be well with your servant; but if he is angry, then know that evil is determined by him. 8 Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a sacred covenant with you. But if there is guilt in me, slay me yourself; for why should you bring me to your father?” 9 And Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! If I knew that it was determined by my father that evil should come upon you, would I not tell you?” 10 Then said David to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you roughly?” 11 And Jonathan said to David, “Come, let us go out into the field.” So they both went out into the field.
12 And Jonathan said to David, “The LORD, the God of Israel, be witness! When I have sounded my father, about this time tomorrow, or the third day, behold, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you? 13 But should it please my father to do you harm, the LORD do so to Jonathan, and more also, if I do not disclose it to you, and send you away, that you may go in safety. May the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father. 14 If I am still alive, show me the loyal love of the LORD, that I may not die; 15 and do not cut off your loyalty from my house for ever. When the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth, 16 let not the name of Jonathan be cut off from the house of David. And may the LORD take vengeance on David’s enemies.” 17 And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
18 Then Jonathan said to him, “Tomorrow is the new moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. 19 And on the third day you will be greatly missed; then go to the place where you hid yourself when the matter was in hand, and remain beside yonder stone heap. 20 And I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I shot at a mark. 21 And behold, I will send the lad, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to the lad, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you, take them,’ then you are to come, for, as the LORD lives, it is safe for you and there is no danger. 22 But if I say to the youth, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then go; for the LORD has sent you away. 23 And as for the matter of which you and I have spoken, behold, the LORD is between you and me for ever.”
24 So David hid himself in the field; and when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food. 25 The king sat upon his seat, as at other times, upon the seat by the wall; Jonathan sat opposite, and Abner sat by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 8:1–7
1 We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 6 Accordingly we have urged Titus that as he had already made a beginning, he should also complete among you this gracious work. 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also.

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 8
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 30
             First Reading       Lamentations 2:18–22 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 4:31–37
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 130
             First Reading       1 Samuel 20:27–42 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 4:31–37


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 30

PSALM 30

A Psalm of David. A Song at the dedication of the Temple.

      1 I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up,
      and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
      2 O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help,
      and thou hast healed me.
      3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol,
      restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

      4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
      and give thanks to his holy name.
      5 For his anger is but for a moment,
      and his favor is for a lifetime.
      Weeping may tarry for the night,
      but joy comes with the morning.
      6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
      “I shall never be moved.”
      7 By thy favor, O LORD,
      thou hadst established me as a strong mountain;
      thou didst hide thy face,
      I was dismayed.

      8 To thee, O LORD, I cried;
      and to the LORD I made supplication:
      9 “What profit is there in my death,
      if I go down to the Pit?
      Will the dust praise thee?
      Will it tell of thy faithfulness?
      10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
      O LORD, be thou my helper!”

      11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
      thou hast loosed my sackcloth
      and girded me with gladness,
      12 that my soul may praise thee and not be silent.
      O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Lamentations 2:18–22

      18 Cry aloud to the Lord!
      O daughter of Zion!
      Let tears stream down like a torrent
      day and night!
      Give yourself no rest,
      your eyes no respite!
      19 Arise, cry out in the night,
      at the beginning of the watches!
      Pour out your heart like water
      before the presence of the Lord!
      Lift your hands to him
      for the lives of your children,
      who faint for hunger
      at the head of every street.

      20 Look, O LORD, and see!
      With whom hast thou dealt thus?
      Should women eat their offspring,
      the children of their tender care?
      Should priest and prophet be slain
      in the sanctuary of the Lord?

      21 In the dust of the streets
      lie the young and the old;
      my maidens and my young men
      have fallen by the sword;
      in the day of thy anger thou hast slain them,
      slaughtering without mercy.

      22 Thou didst invite as to the day of an appointed feast
      my terrors on every side;
      and on the day of the anger of the LORD
      none escaped or survived;
      those whom I dandled and reared
      my enemy destroyed.

 

SECOND READING
Luke 4:31–37
31 And he went down to Caperna-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” 37 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 130

PSALM 130

A Song of Ascents.

      1 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
      2 Lord, hear my voice!
      Let thy ears be attentive
      to the voice of my supplications!

      3 If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities,
      Lord, who could stand?
      4 But there is forgiveness with thee,
      that thou mayest be feared.
      5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
      and in his word I hope;
      6 my soul waits for the LORD
      more than watchmen for the morning,
      more than watchmen for the morning.

      7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
      For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
      and with him is plenteous redemption.
      8 And he will redeem Israel
      from all his iniquities.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Samuel 20:27–42
27 But on the second day, the morrow after the new moon, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?” 28 Jonathan answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem; 29 he said, ‘Let me go; for our family holds a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away, and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”
30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and fetch him to me, for he shall surely die.” 32 Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 But Saul cast his spear at him to smite him; so Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. 34 And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had disgraced him.
35 In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him a little lad. 36 And he said to his lad, “Run and find the arrows which I shoot.” As the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 And when the lad came to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?” 38 And Jonathan called after the lad, “Hurry, make haste, stay not.” So Jonathan’s lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master. 39 But the lad knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the matter. 40 And Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad, and said to him, “Go and carry them to the city.” 41 And as soon as the lad had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times; and they kissed one another, and wept with one another, until David recovered himself. 42 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, for ever.’” And he rose and departed; and Jonathan went into the city.


SECOND READING
Luke 4:31–37
31 And he went down to Caperna-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” 37 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 8
Lectionary/Ordinary 13 - Sunday between June 26 and July 2
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Wisdom of Solomon 1:13–15, 2:23–24 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 30
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 8:7–15
             Gospel       Mark 5:21–43

             Old Testament       2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27 or Lamentations 3:22–33 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 130
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 8:7–15
             Gospel       Mark 5:21–43


Index of Readings


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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13–15, 2:23–24
      13 because God did not make death,
      and he does not delight in the death of the living.
      14 For he created all things that they might exist,
      and the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
      and there is no destructive poison in them;
      and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
      15 For righteousness is immortal.

      23 for God created man for incorruption,
      and made him in the image of his own eternity,
      24 but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
      and those who belong to his party experience it.

 

PSALM
Psalm 30

PSALM 30

A Psalm of David. A Song at the dedication of the Temple.

      1 I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up,
      and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
      2 O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help,
      and thou hast healed me.
      3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol,
      restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

      4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
      and give thanks to his holy name.
      5 For his anger is but for a moment,
      and his favor is for a lifetime.
      Weeping may tarry for the night,
      but joy comes with the morning.
      6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
      “I shall never be moved.”
      7 By thy favor, O LORD,
      thou hadst established me as a strong mountain;
      thou didst hide thy face,
      I was dismayed.

      8 To thee, O LORD, I cried;
      and to the LORD I made supplication:
      9 “What profit is there in my death,
      if I go down to the Pit?
      Will the dust praise thee?
      Will it tell of thy faithfulness?
      10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
      O LORD, be thou my helper!”

      11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
      thou hast loosed my sackcloth
      and girded me with gladness,
      12 that my soul may praise thee and not be silent.
      O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 8:7–15
7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also.
8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my advice: it is best for you now to complete what a year ago you began not only to do but to desire, 11 so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. 13 I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, 14 but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”


GOSPEL
Mark 5:21–43
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, 23 and besought him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” 29 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
Option A
2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27
1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag;

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18 and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said:
      19 “Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places!
      How are the mighty fallen!
      20 Tell it not in Gath,
      publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon;
      lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
      lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
      21 “Ye mountains of Gilboa,
      let there be no dew or rain upon you,
      nor upsurging of the deep!
      For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
      the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

      22 “From the blood of the slain,
      from the fat of the mighty,
      the bow of Jonathan turned not back,
      and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

      23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
      In life and in death they were not divided;
      they were swifter than eagles,
      they were stronger than lions.

      24 “Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
      who clothed you daintily in scarlet,
      who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

      25 “How are the mighty fallen
      in the midst of the battle!
      “Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places.
      26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
      very pleasant have you been to me;
      your love to me was wonderful,
      passing the love of women.
      27 “How are the mighty fallen,
      and the weapons of war perished!”

 

OR
Option B
Lamentations 3:22–33

      22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
      his mercies never come to an end;
      23 they are new every morning;
      great is thy faithfulness.

      24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
      “therefore I will hope in him.”

      25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
      to the soul that seeks him.
      26 It is good that one should wait quietly
      for the salvation of the LORD.
      27 It is good for a man that he bear
      the yoke in his youth.

      28 Let him sit alone in silence
      when he has laid it on him;
      29 let him put his mouth in the dust—
      there may yet be hope;
      30 let him give his cheek to the smiter,
      and be filled with insults.

      31 For the Lord will not
      cast off for ever,
      32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
      according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
      33 for he does not willingly afflict
      or grieve the sons of men.

 

PSALM
Psalm 130

PSALM 130

A Song of Ascents.

      1 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
      2 Lord, hear my voice!
      Let thy ears be attentive
      to the voice of my supplications!

      3 If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities,
      Lord, who could stand?
      4 But there is forgiveness with thee,
      that thou mayest be feared.
      5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
      and in his word I hope;
      6 my soul waits for the LORD
      more than watchmen for the morning,
      more than watchmen for the morning.

      7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
      For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
      and with him is plenteous redemption.
      8 And he will redeem Israel
      from all his iniquities.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 8:7–15
7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also.
8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my advice: it is best for you now to complete what a year ago you began not only to do but to desire, 11 so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. 13 I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, 14 but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”


GOSPEL
Mark 5:21–43
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, 23 and besought him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” 29 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 8
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 88
             First Reading       Leviticus 21:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 8:16–24
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50
             First Reading       1 Samuel 23:14–18 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 8:16–24


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 88

PSALM 88


A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

      1 O LORD, my God, I call for help by day;
      I cry out in the night before thee.
      2 Let my prayer come before thee,
      incline thy ear to my cry!
      3 For my soul is full of troubles,
      and my life draws near to Sheol.
      4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit;
      I am a man who has no strength,
      5 like one forsaken among the dead,
      like the slain that lie in the grave,
      like those whom thou dost remember no more,
      for they are cut off from thy hand.
      6 Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit,
      in the regions dark and deep.
      7 Thy wrath lies heavy upon me,
      and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves. [Selah]

      8 Thou hast caused my companions to shun me;
      thou hast made me a thing of horror to them.
      I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
      9 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
      Every day I call upon thee, O LORD;
      I spread out my hands to thee.
      10 Dost thou work wonders for the dead?
      Do the shades rise up to praise thee? [Selah]
      11 Is thy steadfast love declared in the grave,
      or thy faithfulness in Abaddon?
      12 Are thy wonders known in the darkness,
      or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness?

      13 But I, O LORD, cry to thee;
      in the morning my prayer comes before thee.
      14 O LORD, why dost thou cast me off?
      Why dost thou hide thy face from me?
      15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
      I suffer thy terrors; I am helpless.
      16 Thy wrath has swept over me;
      thy dread assaults destroy me.
      17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
      they close in upon me together.
      18 Thou hast caused lover and friend to shun me;
      my companions are in darkness.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Leviticus 21:1–15
1 And the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them that none of them shall defile himself for the dead among his people, 2 except for his nearest of kin, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother, 3 or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself). 4 He shall not defile himself as a husband among his people and so profane himself. 5 They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. 6 They shall be holy to their God, and not profane the name of their God; for they offer the offerings by fire to the LORD, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. 7 They shall not marry a harlot or a woman who has been defiled; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest is holy to his God. 8 You shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy. 9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
10 “The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend his clothes; 11 he shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his mother; 12 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD. 13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. 14 A widow, or one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a harlot, these he shall not marry; but he shall take to wife a virgin of his own people, 15 that he may not profane his children among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctify him.”

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 8:16–24
16 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel; 19 and not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work which we are carrying on, for the glory of the Lord and to show our good will. 20 We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of men. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker in your service; and as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof, before the churches, of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50

      1 I love thee, O LORD, my strength.
      2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
      my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
      my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
      3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
      and I am saved from my enemies.

      4 The cords of death encompassed me,
      the torrents of perdition assailed me;

      5 the cords of Sheol entangled me,
      the snares of death confronted me.

      6 In my distress I called upon the LORD;
      to my God I cried for help.
      From his temple he heard my voice,
      and my cry to him reached his ears.


      43 Thou didst deliver me from strife with the peoples;
      thou didst make me the head of the nations;
      people whom I had not known served me.
      44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
      foreigners came cringing to me.
      45 Foreigners lost heart,
      and came trembling out of their fastnesses.

      46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock,
      and exalted be the God of my salvation,
      47 the God who gave me vengeance
      and subdued peoples under me;
      48 who delivered me from my enemies;
      yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries;
      thou didst deliver me from men of violence.

      49 For this I will extol thee, O LORD, among the nations,
      and sing praises to thy name.
      50 Great triumphs he gives to his king,
      and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
      to David and his descendants for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Samuel 23:14–18
14 And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.
15 And David was afraid because Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the Wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose, and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And he said to him, “Fear not; for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you; Saul my father also knows this.” 18 And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD; David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.


SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 8:16–24
16 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel; 19 and not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work which we are carrying on, for the glory of the Lord and to show our good will. 20 We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of men. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker in your service; and as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof, before the churches, of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 8
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 88
             First Reading       Leviticus 15:19–31 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 9:1–5
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50
             First Reading       1 Samuel 31:1–13 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 9:1–5


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 88

PSALM 88


A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

      1 O LORD, my God, I call for help by day;
      I cry out in the night before thee.
      2 Let my prayer come before thee,
      incline thy ear to my cry!
      3 For my soul is full of troubles,
      and my life draws near to Sheol.
      4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit;
      I am a man who has no strength,
      5 like one forsaken among the dead,
      like the slain that lie in the grave,
      like those whom thou dost remember no more,
      for they are cut off from thy hand.
      6 Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit,
      in the regions dark and deep.
      7 Thy wrath lies heavy upon me,
      and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves. [Selah]

      8 Thou hast caused my companions to shun me;
      thou hast made me a thing of horror to them.
      I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
      9 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
      Every day I call upon thee, O LORD;
      I spread out my hands to thee.
      10 Dost thou work wonders for the dead?
      Do the shades rise up to praise thee? [Selah]
      11 Is thy steadfast love declared in the grave,
      or thy faithfulness in Abaddon?
      12 Are thy wonders known in the darkness,
      or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness?

      13 But I, O LORD, cry to thee;
      in the morning my prayer comes before thee.
      14 O LORD, why dost thou cast me off?
      Why dost thou hide thy face from me?
      15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
      I suffer thy terrors; I am helpless.
      16 Thy wrath has swept over me;
      thy dread assaults destroy me.
      17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
      they close in upon me together.
      18 Thou hast caused lover and friend to shun me;
      my companions are in darkness.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Leviticus 15:19–31
19 “When a woman has a discharge of blood which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. 20 And everything upon which she lies during her impurity shall be unclean; everything also upon which she sits shall be unclean. 21 And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 22 And whoever touches anything upon which she sits shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening; 23 whether it is the bed or anything upon which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening. 24 And if any man lies with her, and her impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness; as in the days of her impurity, she shall be unclean. 26 Every bed on which she lies, all the days of her discharge, shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and everything on which she sits shall be unclean, as in the uncleanness of her impurity. 27 And whoever touches these things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 28 But if she is cleansed of her discharge, she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. 29 And on the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tent of meeting. 30 And the priest shall offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her before the LORD for her unclean discharge.
31 “Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst.”

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 9:1–5
1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the offering for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brethren so that our boasting about you may not prove vain in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be; 4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction but as a willing gift.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50

      1 I love thee, O LORD, my strength.
      2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
      my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
      my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
      3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
      and I am saved from my enemies.

      4 The cords of death encompassed me,
      the torrents of perdition assailed me;

      5 the cords of Sheol entangled me,
      the snares of death confronted me.

      6 In my distress I called upon the LORD;
      to my God I cried for help.
      From his temple he heard my voice,
      and my cry to him reached his ears.


      43 Thou didst deliver me from strife with the peoples;
      thou didst make me the head of the nations;
      people whom I had not known served me.
      44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
      foreigners came cringing to me.
      45 Foreigners lost heart,
      and came trembling out of their fastnesses.

      46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock,
      and exalted be the God of my salvation,
      47 the God who gave me vengeance
      and subdued peoples under me;
      48 who delivered me from my enemies;
      yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries;
      thou didst deliver me from men of violence.

      49 For this I will extol thee, O LORD, among the nations,
      and sing praises to thy name.
      50 Great triumphs he gives to his king,
      and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
      to David and his descendants for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Samuel 31:1–13
1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard upon Saul, and the archers found him; and he was badly wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword, and died with him. 6 Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. 7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8 On the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10 They put his armor in the temple of Ashtaroth; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. 11 But when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan; and they came to Jabesh and burnt them there. 13 And they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 9:1–5
1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the offering for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brethren so that our boasting about you may not prove vain in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be; 4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction but as a willing gift.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 8
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 88
             First Reading       2 Kings 20:1–11 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Mark 9:14–29
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50
             First Reading       1 Chronicles 10:1–14 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Mark 9:14–29


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 88

PSALM 88


A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

      1 O LORD, my God, I call for help by day;
      I cry out in the night before thee.
      2 Let my prayer come before thee,
      incline thy ear to my cry!
      3 For my soul is full of troubles,
      and my life draws near to Sheol.
      4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit;
      I am a man who has no strength,
      5 like one forsaken among the dead,
      like the slain that lie in the grave,
      like those whom thou dost remember no more,
      for they are cut off from thy hand.
      6 Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit,
      in the regions dark and deep.
      7 Thy wrath lies heavy upon me,
      and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves. [Selah]

      8 Thou hast caused my companions to shun me;
      thou hast made me a thing of horror to them.
      I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
      9 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
      Every day I call upon thee, O LORD;
      I spread out my hands to thee.
      10 Dost thou work wonders for the dead?
      Do the shades rise up to praise thee? [Selah]
      11 Is thy steadfast love declared in the grave,
      or thy faithfulness in Abaddon?
      12 Are thy wonders known in the darkness,
      or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness?

      13 But I, O LORD, cry to thee;
      in the morning my prayer comes before thee.
      14 O LORD, why dost thou cast me off?
      Why dost thou hide thy face from me?
      15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
      I suffer thy terrors; I am helpless.
      16 Thy wrath has swept over me;
      thy dread assaults destroy me.
      17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
      they close in upon me together.
      18 Thou hast caused lover and friend to shun me;
      my companions are in darkness.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
2 Kings 20:1–11
1 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order; for you shall die, you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3 “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in thy sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the prince of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you; on the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. 6 And I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?” 9 And Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” 10 And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps; rather let the shadow go back ten steps.” 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD; and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which the sun had declined on the dial of Ahaz.

 

SECOND READING
Mark 9:14–29
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?” 17 And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; 18 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 18:1–6, 43–50

      1 I love thee, O LORD, my strength.
      2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
      my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
      my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
      3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
      and I am saved from my enemies.

      4 The cords of death encompassed me,
      the torrents of perdition assailed me;

      5 the cords of Sheol entangled me,
      the snares of death confronted me.

      6 In my distress I called upon the LORD;
      to my God I cried for help.
      From his temple he heard my voice,
      and my cry to him reached his ears.


      43 Thou didst deliver me from strife with the peoples;
      thou didst make me the head of the nations;
      people whom I had not known served me.
      44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
      foreigners came cringing to me.
      45 Foreigners lost heart,
      and came trembling out of their fastnesses.

      46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock,
      and exalted be the God of my salvation,
      47 the God who gave me vengeance
      and subdued peoples under me;
      48 who delivered me from my enemies;
      yea, thou didst exalt me above my adversaries;
      thou didst deliver me from men of violence.

      49 For this I will extol thee, O LORD, among the nations,
      and sing praises to thy name.
      50 Great triumphs he gives to his king,
      and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
      to David and his descendants for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Chronicles 10:1–14
1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard upon Saul, and the archers found him; and he was wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword, and died. 6 Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together. 7 And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8 On the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10 And they put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11 But when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose, and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness; he was unfaithful to the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance, 14 and did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD slew him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

 

SECOND READING
Mark 9:14–29
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?” 17 And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; 18 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 123
             First Reading       Jeremiah 7:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 4:8–13
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 48
             First Reading       2 Samuel 2:1–11 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 4:8–13


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 123

PSALM 123

A Song of Ascents.

      1 To thee I lift up my eyes,
      O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
      2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
      look to the hand of their master,
      as the eyes of a maid
      to the hand of her mistress,
      so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
      till he have mercy upon us.
      3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
      for we have had more than enough of contempt.
      4 Too long our soul has been sated
      with the scorn of those who are at ease,
      the contempt of the proud.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 7:1–15
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. 3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’
5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers for ever.
8 “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’ —only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, says the LORD. 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things, says the LORD, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house which is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim.

 

SECOND READING
1 Corinthians 4:8–13
8 Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 48

PSALM 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

      1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
      in the city of our God!
      His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
      is the joy of all the earth,
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
      the city of the great King.
      3 Within her citadels God
      has shown himself a sure defense.

      4 For lo, the kings assembled,
      they came on together.
      5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded,
      they were in panic, they took to flight;
      6 trembling took hold of them there,
      anguish as of a woman in travail.
      7 By the east wind thou didst shatter
      the ships of Tarshish.
      8 As we have heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the LORD of hosts,
      in the city of our God,
      which God establishes for ever. [Selah]

      9 We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
      in the midst of thy temple.
      10 As thy name, O God,
      so thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
      Thy right hand is filled with victory;
      11 let Mount Zion be glad!
      Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
      because of thy judgments!

      12 Walk about Zion, go round about her,
      number her towers,
      13 consider well her ramparts,
      go through her citadels;
      that you may tell the next generation
      14 that this is God,
      our God for ever and ever.
      He will be our guide for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 2:1–11
1 After this David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahino-am of Jezreel, and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 And David brought up his men who were with him, every one with his household; and they dwelt in the towns of Hebron. 4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.
When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” 5 David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, “May you be blessed by the LORD, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord, and buried him! 6 Now may the LORD show steadfast love and faithfulness to you! And I will do good to you because you have done this thing. 7 Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”
8 Now Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; 9 and he made him king over Gilead and the Ashurites and Jezreel and Ephraim and Benjamin and all Israel. 10 Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

 

SECOND READING
1 Corinthians 4:8–13
8 Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 123
             First Reading       Jeremiah 7:16–26 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 10:7–11
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 48
             First Reading       2 Samuel 3:1–12 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 10:7–11


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 123

PSALM 123

A Song of Ascents.

      1 To thee I lift up my eyes,
      O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
      2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
      look to the hand of their master,
      as the eyes of a maid
      to the hand of her mistress,
      so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
      till he have mercy upon us.
      3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
      for we have had more than enough of contempt.
      4 Too long our soul has been sated
      with the scorn of those who are at ease,
      the contempt of the proud.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 7:16–26
16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I do not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. 19 Is it I whom they provoke? says the LORD. Is it not themselves, to their own confusion? 20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.”
21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them, ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. 25 From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; 26 yet they did not listen to me, or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 10:7–11
7 Look at what is before your eyes. If any one is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that as he is Christ’s, so are we. 8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to shame. 9 I would not seem to be frightening you with letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 48

PSALM 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

      1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
      in the city of our God!
      His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
      is the joy of all the earth,
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
      the city of the great King.
      3 Within her citadels God
      has shown himself a sure defense.

      4 For lo, the kings assembled,
      they came on together.
      5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded,
      they were in panic, they took to flight;
      6 trembling took hold of them there,
      anguish as of a woman in travail.
      7 By the east wind thou didst shatter
      the ships of Tarshish.
      8 As we have heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the LORD of hosts,
      in the city of our God,
      which God establishes for ever. [Selah]

      9 We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
      in the midst of thy temple.
      10 As thy name, O God,
      so thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
      Thy right hand is filled with victory;
      11 let Mount Zion be glad!
      Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
      because of thy judgments!

      12 Walk about Zion, go round about her,
      number her towers,
      13 consider well her ramparts,
      go through her citadels;
      that you may tell the next generation
      14 that this is God,
      our God for ever and ever.
      He will be our guide for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 3:1–12
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
2 And sons were born to David at Hebron: his first-born was Amnon, of Ahino-am of Jezreel; 3 and his second, Chile-ab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithre-am, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
6 While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. 7 Now Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?” 8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? This day I keep showing loyalty to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me today with a fault concerning a woman. 9 God do so to Abner, and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the LORD has sworn to him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beer-sheba.” 11 And Ish-bosheth could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.
12 And Abner sent messengers to David at Hebron, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.”

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 10:7–11
7 Look at what is before your eyes. If any one is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that as he is Christ’s, so are we. 8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to shame. 9 I would not seem to be frightening you with letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 123
             First Reading       Jeremiah 7:27–34 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Matthew 8:18–22
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 48
             First Reading       2 Samuel 3:31–38 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Matthew 8:18–22


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 123

PSALM 123

A Song of Ascents.

      1 To thee I lift up my eyes,
      O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
      2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
      look to the hand of their master,
      as the eyes of a maid
      to the hand of her mistress,
      so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
      till he have mercy upon us.
      3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
      for we have had more than enough of contempt.
      4 Too long our soul has been sated
      with the scorn of those who are at ease,
      the contempt of the proud.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 7:27–34
27 “So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. 28 And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.
      29 Cut off your hair and cast it away;
      raise a lamentation on the bare heights,
      for the LORD has rejected and forsaken
      the generation of his wrath.’
30 “For the sons of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the LORD; they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it. 31 And they have built the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. 32 Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: for they will bury in Topheth, because there is no room elsewhere. 33 And the dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the beasts of the earth; and none will frighten them away. 34 And I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land shall become a waste.

 

SECOND READING
Matthew 8:18–22
18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 48

PSALM 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

      1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
      in the city of our God!
      His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
      is the joy of all the earth,
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
      the city of the great King.
      3 Within her citadels God
      has shown himself a sure defense.

      4 For lo, the kings assembled,
      they came on together.
      5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded,
      they were in panic, they took to flight;
      6 trembling took hold of them there,
      anguish as of a woman in travail.
      7 By the east wind thou didst shatter
      the ships of Tarshish.
      8 As we have heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the LORD of hosts,
      in the city of our God,
      which God establishes for ever. [Selah]

      9 We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
      in the midst of thy temple.
      10 As thy name, O God,
      so thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
      Thy right hand is filled with victory;
      11 let Mount Zion be glad!
      Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
      because of thy judgments!

      12 Walk about Zion, go round about her,
      number her towers,
      13 consider well her ramparts,
      go through her citadels;
      that you may tell the next generation
      14 that this is God,
      our God for ever and ever.
      He will be our guide for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 3:31–38
31 Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Rend your clothes, and gird on sackcloth, and mourn before Abner.” And King David followed the bier. 32 They buried Abner at Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 33 And the king lamented for Abner, saying,
      “Should Abner die as a fool dies? 34 Your hands were not bound,
      your feet were not fettered;
      as one falls before the wicked
      you have fallen.”
And all the people wept again over him. 35 Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David swore, saying, “God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!” 36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as everything that the king did pleased all the people. 37 So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king’s will to slay Abner the son of Ner. 38 And the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

 

SECOND READING
Matthew 8:18–22
18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 9
Lectionary/Ordinary 14 - Sunday between July 3 and July 9
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Ezekiel 2:1–5 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 123
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 12:2–10
             Gospel       Mark 6:1–13
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 48
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 12:2–10
             Gospel       Mark 6:1–13


Index of Readings


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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Ezekiel 2:1–5
1 And he said to me, “Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And when he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. 4 The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ 5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.

 

PSALM
Psalm 123

PSALM 123

A Song of Ascents.

      1 To thee I lift up my eyes,
      O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
      2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
      look to the hand of their master,
      as the eyes of a maid
      to the hand of her mistress,
      so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
      till he have mercy upon us.
      3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
      for we have had more than enough of contempt.
      4 Too long our soul has been sated
      with the scorn of those who are at ease,
      the contempt of the proud.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 12:2–10
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6 Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


GOSPEL
Mark 6:1–13
1 He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.”12 So they went out and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.

 

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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built the city round about from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.


PSALM
Psalm 48

PSALM 48

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

      1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
      in the city of our God!
      His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
      is the joy of all the earth,
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
      the city of the great King.
      3 Within her citadels God
      has shown himself a sure defense.

      4 For lo, the kings assembled,
      they came on together.
      5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded,
      they were in panic, they took to flight;
      6 trembling took hold of them there,
      anguish as of a woman in travail.
      7 By the east wind thou didst shatter
      the ships of Tarshish.
      8 As we have heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the LORD of hosts,
      in the city of our God,
      which God establishes for ever. [Selah]

      9 We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
      in the midst of thy temple.
      10 As thy name, O God,
      so thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
      Thy right hand is filled with victory;
      11 let Mount Zion be glad!
      Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
      because of thy judgments!

      12 Walk about Zion, go round about her,
      number her towers,
      13 consider well her ramparts,
      go through her citadels;
      that you may tell the next generation
      14 that this is God,
      our God for ever and ever.
      He will be our guide for ever.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 12:2–10
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6 Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


GOSPEL
Mark 6:1–13
1 He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.”12 So they went out and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:81–88
             First Reading       Ezekiel 2:8–3:11 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 11:16–33
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 21
             First Reading       2 Samuel 5:1–10 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       2 Corinthians 11:16–33


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 119:81–88

      81 My soul languishes for thy salvation;
      I hope in thy word.
      82 My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;
      I ask, “When wilt thou comfort me?”
      83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
      yet I have not forgotten thy statutes.
      84 How long must thy servant endure?
      When wilt thou judge those who persecute me?
      85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me,
      men who do not conform to thy law.
      86 All thy commandments are sure;
      they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
      87 They have almost made an end of me on earth;
      but I have not forsaken thy precepts.
      88 In thy steadfast love spare my life,
      that I may keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Ezekiel 2:8–3:11
8 “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth, and eat what I give you.” 9 And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and, lo, a written scroll was in it; 10 and he spread it before me; and it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

Chapter 3

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it; and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.
4 And he said to me, “Son of man, go, get you to the house of Israel, and speak with my words to them. 5 For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel— 6 not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. 7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you; for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel are of a hard forehead and of a stubborn heart. 8 Behold, I have made your face hard against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads. 9 Like adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead; fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” 10 Moreover he said to me, “Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears. 11 And go, get you to the exiles, to your people, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD’; whether they hear or refuse to hear.”

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 11:16–33
16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 (What I am saying I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence; 18 since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.) 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

But whatever any one dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. 32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 21

PSALM 21

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

      1 In thy strength the king rejoices, O LORD;
      and in thy help how greatly he exults!
      2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire,
      and hast not withheld the request of his lips. [Selah]
      3 For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings;
      thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
      4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it to him,
      length of days for ever and ever.
      5 His glory is great through thy help;
      splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him.
      6 Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever;
      thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence.
      7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
      and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

      8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
      your right hand will find out those who hate you.
      9 You will make them as a blazing oven
      when you appear.
      The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath;
      and fire will consume them.
      10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
      and their children from among the sons of men.
      11 If they plan evil against you,
      if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
      12 For you will put them to flight;
      you will aim at their faces with your bows.
      13 Be exalted, O LORD, in thy strength!
      We will sing and praise thy power.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 5:1–10
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would smite the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built the city round about from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

 

SECOND READING
2 Corinthians 11:16–33
16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 (What I am saying I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence; 18 since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.) 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

But whatever any one dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. 32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:81–88
             First Reading       Jeremiah 16:1–13 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       James 5:7–12
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 21
             First Reading       2 Samuel 5:11–16 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       James 5:7–12


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 119:81–88

      81 My soul languishes for thy salvation;
      I hope in thy word.
      82 My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;
      I ask, “When wilt thou comfort me?”
      83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
      yet I have not forgotten thy statutes.
      84 How long must thy servant endure?
      When wilt thou judge those who persecute me?
      85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me,
      men who do not conform to thy law.
      86 All thy commandments are sure;
      they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
      87 They have almost made an end of me on earth;
      but I have not forsaken thy precepts.
      88 In thy steadfast love spare my life,
      that I may keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 16:1–13
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. 3 For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who begot them in this land: 4 They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried; they shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.
5 “For thus says the LORD: Do not enter the house of mourning, or go to lament, or bemoan them; for I have taken away my peace from this people, says the LORD, my steadfast love and mercy. 6 Both great and small shall die in this land; they shall not be buried, and no one shall lament for them or cut himself or make himself bald for them. 7 No one shall break bread for the mourner, to comfort him for the dead; nor shall any one give him the cup of consolation to drink for his father or his mother. 8 You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink. 9 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will make to cease from this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.
10 “And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?’ 11 then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, 12 and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn evil will, refusing to listen to me; 13 therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’

 

SECOND READING
James 5:7–12
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 21

PSALM 21

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

      1 In thy strength the king rejoices, O LORD;
      and in thy help how greatly he exults!
      2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire,
      and hast not withheld the request of his lips. [Selah]
      3 For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings;
      thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
      4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it to him,
      length of days for ever and ever.
      5 His glory is great through thy help;
      splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him.
      6 Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever;
      thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence.
      7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
      and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

      8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
      your right hand will find out those who hate you.
      9 You will make them as a blazing oven
      when you appear.
      The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath;
      and fire will consume them.
      10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
      and their children from among the sons of men.
      11 If they plan evil against you,
      if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
      12 For you will put them to flight;
      you will aim at their faces with your bows.
      13 Be exalted, O LORD, in thy strength!
      We will sing and praise thy power.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 5:11–16
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammu-a, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishu-a, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

 

SECOND READING
James 5:7–12
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 9
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 119:81–88
             First Reading       Jeremiah 16:14–21 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       John 7:1–9
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 21
             First Reading       2 Samuel 5:17–25 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       John 7:1–9


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 119:81–88

      81 My soul languishes for thy salvation;
      I hope in thy word.
      82 My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;
      I ask, “When wilt thou comfort me?”
      83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
      yet I have not forgotten thy statutes.
      84 How long must thy servant endure?
      When wilt thou judge those who persecute me?
      85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me,
      men who do not conform to thy law.
      86 All thy commandments are sure;
      they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
      87 They have almost made an end of me on earth;
      but I have not forsaken thy precepts.
      88 In thy steadfast love spare my life,
      that I may keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 16:14–21
14 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15 but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land which I gave to their fathers.
16 “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. 17 For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes. 18 And I will doubly recompense their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”

      19 O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
      my refuge in the day of trouble,
      to thee shall the nations come
      from the ends of the earth and say:
      “Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,
      worthless things in which there is no profit.
      20 Can man make for himself gods?
      Such are no gods!”
21 “Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.”

 

SECOND READING
John 7:1–9
1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing. 4 For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his brothers did not believe in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”9 So saying, he remained in Galilee.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 21

PSALM 21

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

      1 In thy strength the king rejoices, O LORD;
      and in thy help how greatly he exults!
      2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire,
      and hast not withheld the request of his lips. [Selah]
      3 For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings;
      thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
      4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it to him,
      length of days for ever and ever.
      5 His glory is great through thy help;
      splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him.
      6 Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever;
      thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence.
      7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
      and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

      8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
      your right hand will find out those who hate you.
      9 You will make them as a blazing oven
      when you appear.
      The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath;
      and fire will consume them.
      10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
      and their children from among the sons of men.
      11 If they plan evil against you,
      if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
      12 For you will put them to flight;
      you will aim at their faces with your bows.
      13 Be exalted, O LORD, in thy strength!
      We will sing and praise thy power.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 5:17–25
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; but David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt thou give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up; for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 21 And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come upon them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then bestir yourself; for then the LORD has gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.” 25 And David did as the LORD commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.

 

SECOND READING
John 7:1–9
1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing. 4 For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his brothers did not believe in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”9 So saying, he remained in Galilee.

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 85:8–13
             First Reading       Amos 2:6–16 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Colossians 2:1–5
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 24
             First Reading       Exodus 25:10–22 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Colossians 2:1–5


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 85:8–13

      8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
      for he will speak peace to his people,
      to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
      9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
      that glory may dwell in our land.

      10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
      righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
      11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
      and righteousness will look down from the sky.
      12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
      and our land will yield its increase.
      13 Righteousness will go before him,
      and make his footsteps a way.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 2:6–16

      6 Thus says the LORD:
      “For three transgressions of Israel,
      and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
      because they sell the righteous for silver,
      and the needy for a pair of shoes—
      7 they that trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth,
      and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
      a man and his father go in to the same maiden,
      so that my holy name is profaned;
      8 they lay themselves down beside every altar
      upon garments taken in pledge;
      and in the house of their God they drink
      the wine of those who have been fined.

      9 “Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
      whose height was like the height of the cedars,
      and who was as strong as the oaks;
      I destroyed his fruit above,
      and his roots beneath.
      10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
      and led you forty years in the wilderness,
      to possess the land of the Amorite.
      11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
      and some of your young men for Nazirites.
      Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?”
                  says the LORD.

      12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
      and commanded the prophets,
      saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’

      13 “Behold, I will press you down in your place,
      as a cart full of sheaves presses down.

      14 Flight shall perish from the swift,
      and the strong shall not retain his strength,
      nor shall the mighty save his life;
      15 he who handles the bow shall not stand,
      and he who is swift of foot shall not save himself,
      nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
      16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
      shall flee away naked in that day,”
                  says the LORD.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 2:1–5
1 For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those at La-odicea, and for all who have not seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ, 3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 24

PSALM 24

A Psalm of David.

      1 The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof,
      the world and those who dwell therein;
      2 for he has founded it upon the seas,
      and established it upon the rivers.

      3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
      And who shall stand in his holy place?
      4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
      who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
      and does not swear deceitfully.
      5 He will receive blessing from the LORD,
      and vindication from the God of his salvation.
      6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
      who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
      7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      8 Who is the King of glory?
      The LORD, strong and mighty,
      the LORD, mighty in battle!
      9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      10 Who is this King of glory?
      The LORD of hosts,
      he is the King of glory! [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
Exodus 25:10–22
10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 And you shall overlay it with pure gold, within and without shall you overlay it, and you shall make upon it a molding of gold round about. 12 And you shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 14 And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark by them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. 17 Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end; of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you of all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 2:1–5
1 For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those at La-odicea, and for all who have not seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ, 3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 85:8–13
             First Reading       Amos 3:1–12 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Colossians 4:2–18
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 24
             First Reading       Exodus 37:1–16 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Colossians 4:2–18


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 85:8–13

      8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
      for he will speak peace to his people,
      to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
      9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
      that glory may dwell in our land.

      10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
      righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
      11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
      and righteousness will look down from the sky.
      12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
      and our land will yield its increase.
      13 Righteousness will go before him,
      and make his footsteps a way.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 3:1–12
1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
      2 “You only have I known
      of all the families of the earth;
      therefore I will punish you
      for all your iniquities.
      3 “Do two walk together,
      unless they have made an appointment?
      4 Does a lion roar in the forest,
      when he has no prey?
      Does a young lion cry out from his den,
      if he has taken nothing?
      5 Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
      when there is no trap for it?
      Does a snare spring up from the ground,
      when it has taken nothing?
      6 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
      and the people are not afraid?
      Does evil befall a city,
      unless the LORD has done it?
      7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing,
      without revealing his secret
      to his servants the prophets.
      8 The lion has roared;
      who will not fear?
      The Lord GOD has spoken;
      who can but prophesy?”
      9 Proclaim to the strongholds in Assyria,
      and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
      and say, “Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria,
      and see the great tumults within her,
      and the oppressions in her midst.”
      10 “They do not know how to do right,” says the LORD,
      “those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
      11 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
      “An adversary shall surround the land,
      and bring down your defenses from you,
      and your strongholds shall be plundered.”

12 Thus says the LORD: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.”

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 4:2–18
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; 3 and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, 4 that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak.
5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
7 Tychicus will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, receive him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always remembering you earnestly in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in La-odicea and in Hi-erapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Give my greetings to the brethren at La-odicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the La-odiceans; and see that you read also the letter from La-odicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfil the ministry which you have received in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 24

PSALM 24

A Psalm of David.

      1 The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof,
      the world and those who dwell therein;
      2 for he has founded it upon the seas,
      and established it upon the rivers.

      3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
      And who shall stand in his holy place?
      4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
      who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
      and does not swear deceitfully.
      5 He will receive blessing from the LORD,
      and vindication from the God of his salvation.
      6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
      who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
      7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      8 Who is the King of glory?
      The LORD, strong and mighty,
      the LORD, mighty in battle!
      9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      10 Who is this King of glory?
      The LORD of hosts,
      he is the King of glory! [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
Exodus 37:1–16
1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a molding of gold around it. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold for its four corners, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. 4 And he made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold, 5 and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark. 6 And he made a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 7 And he made two cherubim of hammered gold; on the two ends of the mercy seat he made them, 8 one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end; of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. 9 The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim.
10 He also made the table of acacia wood; two cubits was its length, a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height; 11 and he overlaid it with pure gold, and made a molding of gold around it. 12 And he made around it a frame a handbreadth wide, and made a molding of gold around the frame. 13 He cast for it four rings of gold, and fastened the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 14 Close to the frame were the rings, as holders for the poles to carry the table. 15 He made the poles of acacia wood to carry the table, and overlaid them with gold. 16 And he made the vessels of pure gold which were to be upon the table, its plates and dishes for incense, and its bowls and flagons with which to pour libations.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 4:2–18
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; 3 and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, 4 that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak.
5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
7 Tychicus will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, receive him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always remembering you earnestly in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in La-odicea and in Hi-erapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Give my greetings to the brethren at La-odicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the La-odiceans; and see that you read also the letter from La-odicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfil the ministry which you have received in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you.

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 85:8–13
             First Reading       Amos 4:6–13 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 1:57–80
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 24
             First Reading       Numbers 10:11–36 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 1:57–80


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 85:8–13

      8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
      for he will speak peace to his people,
      to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
      9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
      that glory may dwell in our land.

      10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
      righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
      11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
      and righteousness will look down from the sky.
      12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
      and our land will yield its increase.
      13 Righteousness will go before him,
      and make his footsteps a way.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 4:6–13

      6 “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
      and lack of bread in all your places,
      yet you did not return to me,”
                  says the LORD.

      7 “And I also withheld the rain from you
      when there were yet three months to the harvest;
      I would send rain upon one city,
      and send no rain upon another city;
      one field would be rained upon,
      and the field on which it did not rain withered;
      8 so two or three cities wandered to one city
      to drink water, and were not satisfied;
      yet you did not return to me,”
                  says the LORD.

      9 “I smote you with blight and mildew;
      I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards; your fig
      trees and your olive trees the locust devoured;
      yet you did not return to me,”
                  says the LORD.

      10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
      I slew your young men with the sword;
      I carried away your horses;
      and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
      yet you did not return to me,”
                  says the LORD.

      11 “I overthrew some of you,
      as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
      and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning;
      yet you did not return to me,”
                  says the LORD.

      12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
      because I will do this to you,
      prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

      13 For lo, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind,
      and declares to man what is his thought;
      who makes the morning darkness,
      and treads on the heights of the earth—

      the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!

 

SECOND READING
Luke 1:57–80
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your kindred is called by this name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all marveled. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

      68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
      for he has visited and redeemed his people,
      69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David,
      70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
      71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
      and from the hand of all who hate us;
      72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
      and to remember his holy covenant,
      73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74 to grant us
      that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
      might serve him without fear,
      75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
      76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
      77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
      in the forgiveness of their sins,
      78 through the tender mercy of our God,
      when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
      79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
      to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 24

PSALM 24

A Psalm of David.

      1 The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof,
      the world and those who dwell therein;
      2 for he has founded it upon the seas,
      and established it upon the rivers.

      3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
      And who shall stand in his holy place?
      4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
      who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
      and does not swear deceitfully.
      5 He will receive blessing from the LORD,
      and vindication from the God of his salvation.
      6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
      who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
      7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      8 Who is the King of glory?
      The LORD, strong and mighty,
      the LORD, mighty in battle!
      9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      10 Who is this King of glory?
      The LORD of hosts,
      he is the King of glory! [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
Numbers 10:11–36
11 In the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony, 12 and the people of Israel set out by stages from the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran. 13 They set out for the first time at the command of the LORD by Moses. 14 The standard of the camp of the men of Judah set out first by their companies; and over their host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 15 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Issachar was Nethanel the son of Zuar. 16 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.
17 And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who carried the tabernacle, set out. 18 And the standard of the camp of Reuben set out by their companies; and over their host was Elizur the son of Shedeur. 19 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Simeon was Shelumi-el the son of Zurishaddai. 20 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
21 Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things, and the tabernacle was set up before their arrival. 22 And the standard of the camp of the men of Ephraim set out by their companies; and over their host was Elishama the son of Ammihud. 23 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 24 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
25 Then the standard of the camp of the men of Dan, acting as the rear guard of all the camps, set out by their companies; and over their host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 26 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ochran. 27 And over the host of the tribe of the men of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan. 28 This was the order of march of the people of Israel according to their hosts, when they set out.
29 And Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you’; come with us, and we will do you good; for the LORD has promised good to Israel.” 30 But he said to him, “I will not go; I will depart to my own land and to my kindred.” 31 And he said, “Do not leave us, I pray you, for you know how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and you will serve as eyes for us. 32 And if you go with us, whatever good the LORD will do to us, the same will we do to you.”
33 So they set out from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them three days’ journey, to seek out a resting place for them. 34 And the cloud of the LORD was over them by day, whenever they set out from the camp.
35 And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Arise, O LORD, and let thy enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” 36 And when it rested, he said, “Return, O LORD, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel.”

 

SECOND READING
Luke 1:57–80
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your kindred is called by this name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all marveled. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

      68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
      for he has visited and redeemed his people,
      69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David,
      70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
      71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
      and from the hand of all who hate us;
      72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
      and to remember his holy covenant,
      73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74 to grant us
      that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
      might serve him without fear,
      75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
      76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
      77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
      in the forgiveness of their sins,
      78 through the tender mercy of our God,
      when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
      79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
      to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 10
Lectionary/Ordinary 15 - Sunday between July 10 and July 16
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Amos 7:7–15 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 85:8–13
             New Testament       Ephesians 1:3–14
             Gospel       Mark 6:14–29
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 24
             New Testament       Ephesians 1:3–14
             Gospel       Mark 6:14–29


Index of Readings


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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Amos 7:7–15

7 He showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
      “Behold, I am setting a plumb line
      in the midst of my people Israel;
      I will never again pass by them;
      9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
      and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
      and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said,
      ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
      and Israel must go into exile
      away from his land.’”
12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there; 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15 and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

 

PSALM
Psalm 85:8–13

      8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
      for he will speak peace to his people,
      to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
      9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
      that glory may dwell in our land.

      10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
      righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
      11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
      and righteousness will look down from the sky.
      12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
      and our land will yield its increase.
      13 Righteousness will go before him,
      and make his footsteps a way.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 1:3–14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 5 He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 which he lavished upon us. 9 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

GOSPEL
Mark 6:14–29
14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodi-as, his brother Philip’s wife; because he had married her. 18 For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodi-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodi-as’ daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

 

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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19
1 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3 And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart 4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

12 And it was told King David, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the horn.
16 As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place, inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts, 19 and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

 

PSALM
Psalm 24

PSALM 24

A Psalm of David.

      1 The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof,
      the world and those who dwell therein;
      2 for he has founded it upon the seas,
      and established it upon the rivers.

      3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
      And who shall stand in his holy place?
      4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
      who does not lift up his soul to what is false,
      and does not swear deceitfully.
      5 He will receive blessing from the LORD,
      and vindication from the God of his salvation.
      6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
      who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
      7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      8 Who is the King of glory?
      The LORD, strong and mighty,
      the LORD, mighty in battle!
      9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
      and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
      that the King of glory may come in.
      10 Who is this King of glory?
      The LORD of hosts,
      he is the King of glory! [Selah]

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 1:3–14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 5 He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 which he lavished upon us. 9 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

GOSPEL
Mark 6:14–29
14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodi-as, his brother Philip’s wife; because he had married her. 18 For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodi-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodi-as’ daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 142
             First Reading       Amos 5:1–9 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 21:27–39
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 68:24–35
             First Reading       2 Samuel 6:6–12a (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 21:27–39


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 142

PSALM 142

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

      1 I cry with my voice to the LORD,
      with my voice I make supplication to the LORD,
      2 I pour out my complaint before him,
      I tell my trouble before him.
      3 When my spirit is faint,
      thou knowest my way!

      In the path where I walk
      they have hidden a trap for me.
      4 I look to the right and watch,
      but there is none who takes notice of me;
      no refuge remains to me,
      no man cares for me.

      5 I cry to thee, O LORD;
      I say, Thou art my refuge,
      my portion in the land of the living.
      6 Give heed to my cry;
      for I am brought very low!

      Deliver me from my persecutors;
      for they are too strong for me!
      7 Bring me out of prison,
      that I may give thanks to thy name!
      The righteous will surround me;
      for thou wilt deal bountifully with me.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 5:1–9
1 Hear this word which I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:
      2 “Fallen, no more to rise,
      is the virgin Israel;
      forsaken on her land,
      with none to raise her up.”

      3 For thus says the Lord GOD:
      “The city that went forth a thousand
      shall have a hundred left,
      and that which went forth a hundred
      shall have ten left
      to the house of Israel.”

      4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:
      “Seek me and live;
      5 but do not seek Bethel,
      and do not enter into Gilgal
      or cross over to Beer-sheba;
      for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
      and Bethel shall come to nought.”

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

      8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
      and turns deep darkness into the morning,
      and darkens the day into night,
      who calls for the waters of the sea,
      and pours them out upon the surface of the earth,
      the LORD is his name,
      9 who makes destruction flash forth against the strong,
      so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 21:27–39
27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, who had seen him in the temple, stirred up all the crowd, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching men everywhere against the people and the law and this place; moreover he also brought Greeks into the temple, and he has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was aroused, and the people ran together; they seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were trying to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He at once took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them; and when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the tribune came up and arrested him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35 And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd; 36 for the mob of the people followed, crying, “Away with him!”
37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” 39 Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; I beg you, let me speak to the people.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 68:24–35
      24 Thy solemn processions are seen, O God,
      the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
      25 the singers in front, the minstrels last,
      between them maidens playing timbrels:
      26 “Bless God in the great congregation,
      the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
      27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
      the princes of Judah in their throng,
      the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

      28 Summon thy might, O God;
      show thy strength, O God, thou who hast wrought for us.
      29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
      kings bear gifts to thee.
      30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
      the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
      Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
      scatter the peoples who delight in war.
      31 Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
      let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
      32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
      sing praises to the Lord, [Selah]
      33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
      lo, he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
      34 Ascribe power to God,
      whose majesty is over Israel,
      and his power is in the skies.
      35 Terrible is God in his sanctuary,
      the God of Israel,
      he gives power and strength to his people.
      Blessed be God!

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 6:6–12a
6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the LORD had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the LORD into the city of David; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
12 And it was told King David, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing;

 

SECOND READING
Acts 21:27–39
27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, who had seen him in the temple, stirred up all the crowd, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching men everywhere against the people and the law and this place; moreover he also brought Greeks into the temple, and he has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was aroused, and the people ran together; they seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were trying to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He at once took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them; and when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the tribune came up and arrested him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35 And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd; 36 for the mob of the people followed, crying, “Away with him!”

 

 

SECOND READING
Acts 21:27–39
27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, who had seen him in the temple, stirred up all the crowd, and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching men everywhere against the people and the law and this place; moreover he also brought Greeks into the temple, and he has defiled this holy place.” 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was aroused, and the people ran together; they seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31 And as they were trying to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 He at once took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to them; and when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the tribune came up and arrested him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. 35 And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd; 36 for the mob of the people followed, crying, “Away with him!”
37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” 39 Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; I beg you, let me speak to the people.”

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 142
             First Reading       Amos 9:1–4 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 23:12–35
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 68:24–35
             First Reading       2 Samuel 3:12–16 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 23:12–35


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 142

PSALM 142

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

      1 I cry with my voice to the LORD,
      with my voice I make supplication to the LORD,
      2 I pour out my complaint before him,
      I tell my trouble before him.
      3 When my spirit is faint,
      thou knowest my way!

      In the path where I walk
      they have hidden a trap for me.
      4 I look to the right and watch,
      but there is none who takes notice of me;
      no refuge remains to me,
      no man cares for me.

      5 I cry to thee, O LORD;
      I say, Thou art my refuge,
      my portion in the land of the living.
      6 Give heed to my cry;
      for I am brought very low!

      Deliver me from my persecutors;
      for they are too strong for me!
      7 Bring me out of prison,
      that I may give thanks to thy name!
      The righteous will surround me;
      for thou wilt deal bountifully with me.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 9:1–4
1 I saw the LORD standing beside the altar, and he said:
      “Smite the capitals until the thresholds shake,
      and shatter them on the heads of all the people;
      and what are left of them I will slay with the sword;
      not one of them shall flee away,
      not one of them shall escape.

      2 “Though they dig into Sheol,
      from there shall my hand take them;
      though they climb up to heaven,
      from there I will bring them down.
      3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
      from there I will search out and take them;
      and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea,
      there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them.
      4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
      there I will command the sword, and it shall slay them;
      and I will set my eyes upon them
      for evil and not for good.”

 

SECOND READING
Acts 23:12–35
12 When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14 And they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15 You therefore, along with the council, give notice now to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
16 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush; so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 And Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune; for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” 19 The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. 21 But do not yield to them; for more than forty of their men lie in ambush for him, having bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.” 22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.”
23 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “At the third hour of the night get ready two hundred soldiers with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea. 24 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter to this effect:
26 “Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greeting. 27 This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them, when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28 And desiring to know the charge on which they accused him, I brought him down to their council. 29 I found that he was accused about questions of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”
31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the morrow they returned to the barracks, leaving the horsemen to go on with him. 33 When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34 On reading the letter, he asked to what province he belonged. When he learned that he was from Cilicia 35 he said, “I will hear you when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 68:24–35
      24 Thy solemn processions are seen, O God,
      the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
      25 the singers in front, the minstrels last,
      between them maidens playing timbrels:
      26 “Bless God in the great congregation,
      the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
      27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
      the princes of Judah in their throng,
      the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

      28 Summon thy might, O God;
      show thy strength, O God, thou who hast wrought for us.
      29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
      kings bear gifts to thee.
      30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
      the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
      Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
      scatter the peoples who delight in war.
      31 Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
      let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
      32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
      sing praises to the Lord, [Selah]
      33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
      lo, he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
      34 Ascribe power to God,
      whose majesty is over Israel,
      and his power is in the skies.
      35 Terrible is God in his sanctuary,
      the God of Israel,
      he gives power and strength to his people.
      Blessed be God!

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 3:12–16
12 And Abner sent messengers to David at Hebron, saying, “To whom does the land belong? Make your covenant with me, and behold, my hand shall be with you to bring over all Israel to you.” 13 And he said, “Good; I will make a covenant with you; but one thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face, unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see my face.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed at the price of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” 15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband Palti-el the son of Laish. 16 But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go, return”; and he returned.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 23:12–35
12 When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy. 14 And they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 15 You therefore, along with the council, give notice now to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
16 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush; so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 And Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune; for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” 19 The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” 20 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. 21 But do not yield to them; for more than forty of their men lie in ambush for him, having bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.” 22 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.”
23 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “At the third hour of the night get ready two hundred soldiers with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea. 24 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 And he wrote a letter to this effect:
26 “Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greeting. 27 This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them, when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen. 28 And desiring to know the charge on which they accused him, I brought him down to their council. 29 I found that he was accused about questions of their law, but charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. 30 And when it was disclosed to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”
31 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 And on the morrow they returned to the barracks, leaving the horsemen to go on with him. 33 When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. 34 On reading the letter, he asked to what province he belonged. When he learned that he was from Cilicia 35 he said, “I will hear you when your accusers arrive.” And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod’s praetorium.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 10
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 142
             First Reading       Amos 9:11–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 7:31–35
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 68:24–35
             First Reading       2 Samuel 6:16–23 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 7:31–35


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 142

PSALM 142

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

      1 I cry with my voice to the LORD,
      with my voice I make supplication to the LORD,
      2 I pour out my complaint before him,
      I tell my trouble before him.
      3 When my spirit is faint,
      thou knowest my way!

      In the path where I walk
      they have hidden a trap for me.
      4 I look to the right and watch,
      but there is none who takes notice of me;
      no refuge remains to me,
      no man cares for me.

      5 I cry to thee, O LORD;
      I say, Thou art my refuge,
      my portion in the land of the living.
      6 Give heed to my cry;
      for I am brought very low!

      Deliver me from my persecutors;
      for they are too strong for me!
      7 Bring me out of prison,
      that I may give thanks to thy name!
      The righteous will surround me;
      for thou wilt deal bountifully with me.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Amos 9:11–15

      11 “In that day I will raise up
      the booth of David that is fallen
      and repair its breaches,
      and raise up its ruins,
      and rebuild it as in the days of old;
      12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom
      and all the nations who are called by my name,”
      says the LORD who does this.

      13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
      “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper
      and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;
      the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
      and all the hills shall flow with it.
      14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,
      and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;
      they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,
      and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
      15 I will plant them upon their land,
      and they shall never again be plucked up
      out of the land which I have given them,”
                  says the LORD your God.

 

SECOND READING
Luke 7:31–35
31 “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another,
      ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance;
      we wailed, and you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 68:24–35
      24 Thy solemn processions are seen, O God,
      the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
      25 the singers in front, the minstrels last,
      between them maidens playing timbrels:
      26 “Bless God in the great congregation,
      the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
      27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
      the princes of Judah in their throng,
      the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

      28 Summon thy might, O God;
      show thy strength, O God, thou who hast wrought for us.
      29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
      kings bear gifts to thee.
      30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
      the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
      Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
      scatter the peoples who delight in war.
      31 Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
      let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
      32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
      sing praises to the Lord, [Selah]
      33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
      lo, he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
      34 Ascribe power to God,
      whose majesty is over Israel,
      and his power is in the skies.
      35 Terrible is God in his sanctuary,
      the God of Israel,
      he gives power and strength to his people.
      Blessed be God!

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 6:16–23
16 As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place, inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts, 19 and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people departed, each to his house.
20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD—and I will make merry before the LORD. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

 

SECOND READING
Luke 7:31–35
31 “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another,
      ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance;
      we wailed, and you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 23
             First Reading       Jeremiah 10:1–16 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Colossians 1:15–23
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 89:20–37
             First Reading       1 Chronicles 11:15–19 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Colossians 1:15–23


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 23

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David.

      1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      2 he makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters;
      3 he restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
      they comfort me.

      5 Thou preparest a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
      for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 10:1–16
1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
      2 Thus says the LORD:
      “Learn not the way of the nations,
      nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
      because the nations are dismayed at them,
      3 for the customs of the peoples are false.
      A tree from the forest is cut down,
      and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
      4 Men deck it with silver and gold;
      they fasten it with hammer and nails
      so that it cannot move.
      5 Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
      and they cannot speak;
      they have to be carried,
      for they cannot walk.
      Be not afraid of them,
      for they cannot do evil,
      neither is it in them to do good.”

      6 There is none like thee, O LORD;
      thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
      7 Who would not fear thee, O King of the nations?
      For this is thy due;
      for among all the wise ones of the nations
      and in all their kingdoms
      there is none like thee.
      8 They are both stupid and foolish;
      the instruction of idols is but wood!
      9 Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
      and gold from Uphaz.
      They are the work of the craftsman
      and of the hands of the goldsmith;
      their clothing is violet and purple;
      they are all the work of skilled men.
      10 But the LORD is the true God;
      he is the living God and the everlasting King.
      At his wrath the earth quakes,
      and the nations cannot endure his indignation.
11 Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”

      12 It is he who made the earth by his power,
      who established the world by his wisdom,
      and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
      13 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
      and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
      He makes lightnings for the rain,
      and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
      14 Every man is stupid and without knowledge;
      every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols;
      for his images are false,
      and there is no breath in them.
      15 They are worthless, a work of delusion;
      at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
      16 Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,
      for he is the one who formed all things,
      and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
      the LORD of hosts is his name.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 1:15–23
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; 16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. 19 For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, 23 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 89:20–37
      20 I have found David, my servant;
      with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him,
      my arm also shall strengthen him.

      22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
      the wicked shall not humble him.
      23 I will crush his foes before him
      and strike down those who hate him.
      24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
      and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
      25 I will set his hand on the sea
      and his right hand on the rivers.
      26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
      27 And I will make him the first-born,
      the highest of the kings of the earth.
      28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
      and my covenant will stand firm for him.
      29 I will establish his line for ever
      and his throne as the days of the heavens.
      30 If his children forsake my law
      and do not walk according to my ordinances,
      31 if they violate my statutes
      and do not keep my commandments,
      32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
      and their iniquity with scourges;
      33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
      or be false to my faithfulness.
      34 I will not violate my covenant,
      or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
      35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
      I will not lie to David.
      36 His line shall endure for ever,
      his throne as long as the sun before me.
      37 Like the moon it shall be established for ever;
      it shall stand firm while the skies endure.” [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Chronicles 11:15–19
15 Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 16 David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 17 And David said longingly, “O that some one would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” 18 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took and brought it to David. But David would not drink of it; he poured it out to the LORD, 19 and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 1:15–23
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; 16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. 19 For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, 23 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 23
             First Reading       Jeremiah 10:17–25 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 17:16–31
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 89:20–37
             First Reading       1 Chronicles 14:1–2 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 17:16–31


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 23

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David.

      1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      2 he makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters;
      3 he restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
      they comfort me.

      5 Thou preparest a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
      for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 10:17–25

      17 Gather up your bundle from the ground,
      O you who dwell under siege!
      18 For thus says the LORD:
      “Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land
      at this time,
      and I will bring distress on them,
      that they may feel it.”

      19 Woe is me because of my hurt!
      My wound is grievous.
      But I said, “Truly this is an affliction,
      and I must bear it.”
      20 My tent is destroyed,
      and all my cords are broken;
      my children have gone from me,
      and they are not;
      there is no one to spread my tent again,
      and to set up my curtains.
      21 For the shepherds are stupid,
      and do not inquire of the LORD;
      therefore they have not prospered,
      and all their flock is scattered.
      22 Hark, a rumor! Behold, it comes! —
      a great commotion out of the north country
      to make the cities of Judah a desolation,
      a lair of jackals.

      23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself,
      that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
      24 Correct me, O LORD, but in just measure;
      not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
      25 Pour out thy wrath upon the nations that know thee not,
      and upon the peoples that call not on thy name;
      for they have devoured Jacob;
      they have devoured him and consumed him,
      and have laid waste his habitation.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 17:16–31
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there. 18 Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, “What would this babbler say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-opagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you present? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
22 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-opagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, 28 for
      ‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 89:20–37
      20 I have found David, my servant;
      with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him,
      my arm also shall strengthen him.

      22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
      the wicked shall not humble him.
      23 I will crush his foes before him
      and strike down those who hate him.
      24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
      and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
      25 I will set his hand on the sea
      and his right hand on the rivers.
      26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
      27 And I will make him the first-born,
      the highest of the kings of the earth.
      28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
      and my covenant will stand firm for him.
      29 I will establish his line for ever
      and his throne as the days of the heavens.
      30 If his children forsake my law
      and do not walk according to my ordinances,
      31 if they violate my statutes
      and do not keep my commandments,
      32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
      and their iniquity with scourges;
      33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
      or be false to my faithfulness.
      34 I will not violate my covenant,
      or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
      35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
      I will not lie to David.
      36 His line shall endure for ever,
      his throne as long as the sun before me.
      37 Like the moon it shall be established for ever;
      it shall stand firm while the skies endure.” [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Chronicles 14:1–2
1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him. 2 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 17:16–31
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there. 18 Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, “What would this babbler say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-opagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you present? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
22 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-opagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, 28 for
      ‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.”

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 23
             First Reading       Jeremiah 12:1–13 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 18:35–43
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 89:20–37
             First Reading       1 Chronicles 15:1–2, 16:4–13 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 18:35–43


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 23

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David.

      1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      2 he makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters;
      3 he restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
      they comfort me.

      5 Thou preparest a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
      for ever.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 12:1–13
1 Righteous art thou, O LORD,
      when I complain to thee;
      yet I would plead my case before thee.
      Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
      Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
      2 Thou plantest them, and they take root;
      they grow and bring forth fruit;
      thou art near in their mouth
      and far from their heart.
      3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me;
      thou seest me, and triest my mind toward thee.
      Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
      and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
      4 How long will the land mourn,
      and the grass of every field wither?
      For the wickedness of those who dwell in it
      the beasts and the birds are swept away,
      because men said, “He will not see our latter end.”

      5 “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you,
      how will you compete with horses?
      And if in a safe land you fall down,
      how will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?
      6 For even your brothers and the house of your father,
      even they have dealt treacherously with you;
      they are in full cry after you;
      believe them not,
      though they speak fair words to you.”

      7 “I have forsaken my house,
      I have abandoned my heritage;
      I have given the beloved of my soul
      into the hands of her enemies.
      8 My heritage has become to me
      like a lion in the forest,
      she has lifted up her voice against me;
      therefore I hate her.
      9 Is my heritage to me like a speckled bird of prey?
      Are the birds of prey against her round about?
      Go, assemble all the wild beasts;
      bring them to devour.
      10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard,
      they have trampled down my portion,
      they have made my pleasant portion
      a desolate wilderness.
      11 They have made it a desolation;
      desolate, it mourns to me.
      The whole land is made desolate,
      but no man lays it to heart.
      12 Upon all the bare heights in the desert
      destroyers have come;
      for the sword of the LORD devours
      from one end of the land to the other;
      no flesh has peace.
      13 They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns,
      they have tired themselves out but profit nothing.
      They shall be ashamed of their harvests
      because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

 

SECOND READING
Luke 18:35–43
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 89:20–37
      20 I have found David, my servant;
      with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him,
      my arm also shall strengthen him.

      22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
      the wicked shall not humble him.
      23 I will crush his foes before him
      and strike down those who hate him.
      24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
      and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
      25 I will set his hand on the sea
      and his right hand on the rivers.
      26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
      27 And I will make him the first-born,
      the highest of the kings of the earth.
      28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
      and my covenant will stand firm for him.
      29 I will establish his line for ever
      and his throne as the days of the heavens.
      30 If his children forsake my law
      and do not walk according to my ordinances,
      31 if they violate my statutes
      and do not keep my commandments,
      32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
      and their iniquity with scourges;
      33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
      or be false to my faithfulness.
      34 I will not violate my covenant,
      or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
      35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
      I will not lie to David.
      36 His line shall endure for ever,
      his throne as long as the sun before me.
      37 Like the moon it shall be established for ever;
      it shall stand firm while the skies endure.” [Selah]

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
1 Chronicles 15:1–2, 16:4–13
1 David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him for ever.”

4 Moreover he appointed certain of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariah, Je-iel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Je-iel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.
7 Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the LORD by Asaph and his brethren.
      8 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      9 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      10 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

      11 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      12 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      the wonders he wrought, the judgments he uttered,
      13 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!

 

SECOND READING
Luke 18:35–43
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 11
Lectionary/Ordinary 16 - Sunday between July 17 and July 23
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 23:1–6 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 23
             New Testament       Ephesians 2:11–22
             Gospel       Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 7:1–14a (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 89:20–37
             New Testament       Ephesians 2:11–22
             Gospel       Mark 6:30–34, 53–56


Index of Readings


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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 23:1–6
1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” says the LORD. 2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. 3 Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4 I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, says the LORD.
5 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

 

PSALM
Psalm 23

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David.

      1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      2 he makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters;
      3 he restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
      they comfort me.

      5 Thou preparest a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
      for ever.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 2:11–22
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

GOSPEL
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

 

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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 7:1–14a
1 Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.”
4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men;

 

PSALM
Psalm 89:20–37
      20 I have found David, my servant;
      with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him,
      my arm also shall strengthen him.

      22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
      the wicked shall not humble him.
      23 I will crush his foes before him
      and strike down those who hate him.
      24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
      and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
      25 I will set his hand on the sea
      and his right hand on the rivers.
      26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
      27 And I will make him the first-born,
      the highest of the kings of the earth.
      28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
      and my covenant will stand firm for him.
      29 I will establish his line for ever
      and his throne as the days of the heavens.
      30 If his children forsake my law
      and do not walk according to my ordinances,
      31 if they violate my statutes
      and do not keep my commandments,
      32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
      and their iniquity with scourges;
      33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
      or be false to my faithfulness.
      34 I will not violate my covenant,
      or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
      35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
      I will not lie to David.
      36 His line shall endure for ever,
      his throne as long as the sun before me.
      37 Like the moon it shall be established for ever;
      it shall stand firm while the skies endure.” [Selah]

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 2:11–22
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

GOSPEL
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 100
             First Reading       Jeremiah 50:1–7 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Hebrews 13:17–25
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 61
             First Reading       2 Samuel 7:18–29 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Hebrews 13:17–25


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 100

PSALM 100

A Psalm for the thank offering.

      1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!
      2 Serve the LORD with gladness!
      Come into his presence with singing!

      3 Know that the LORD is God!
      It is he that made us, and we are his;
      we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
      and his courts with praise!
      Give thanks to him, bless his name!

      5 For the LORD is good;
      his steadfast love endures for ever,
      and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Jeremiah 50:1–7
1 The word which the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet:
      2 “Declare among the nations and proclaim,
      set up a banner and proclaim,
      conceal it not, and say:
      ‘Babylon is taken,
      Bel is put to shame,
      Merodach is dismayed.
      Her images are put to shame,
      her idols are dismayed.’
3 “For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away.
4 “In those days and in that time, says the LORD, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come; and they shall seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant which will never be forgotten.’
6 “My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains; from mountain to hill they have gone, they have forgotten their fold. 7 All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the LORD, their true habitation, the LORD, the hope of their fathers.’

 

SECOND READING
Hebrews 13:17–25
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

22 I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23 You should understand that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. 25 Grace be with all of you. Amen.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 61

PSALM 61

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God,
      listen to my prayer;
      2 from the end of the earth I call to thee,
      when my heart is faint.
      Lead thou me
      to the rock that is higher than I;
      3 for thou art my refuge,
      a strong tower against the enemy.
      4 Let me dwell in thy tent for ever!
      Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings! [Selah]
      5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows,
      thou hast given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.
      6 Prolong the life of the king;
      may his years endure to all generations!
      7 May he be enthroned for ever before God;
      bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him!
      8 So will I ever sing praises to thy name,
      as I pay my vows day after day.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 7:18–29
18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord GOD; thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future generations, O Lord GOD! 20 And what more can David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O Lord GOD! 21 Because of thy promise, and according to thy own heart, thou hast wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. 22 Therefore thou art great, O LORD God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 What other nation on earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before his people a nation and its gods? 24 And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever; and thou, O LORD, didst become their God. 25 And now, O LORD God, confirm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house, and do as thou hast spoken; 26 and thy name will be magnified for ever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of thy servant David will be established before thee. 27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee. 28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art God, and thy words are true, and thou hast promised this good thing to thy servant; 29 now therefore may it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”

 

SECOND READING
Hebrews 13:17–25
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

22 I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23 You should understand that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. 25 Grace be with all of you. Amen.

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 100
             First Reading       Zechariah 9:14–10:2 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Acts 20:17–38
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 61
             First Reading       2 Samuel 8:1–18 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Acts 20:17–38


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 100

PSALM 100

A Psalm for the thank offering.

      1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!
      2 Serve the LORD with gladness!
      Come into his presence with singing!

      3 Know that the LORD is God!
      It is he that made us, and we are his;
      we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
      and his courts with praise!
      Give thanks to him, bless his name!

      5 For the LORD is good;
      his steadfast love endures for ever,
      and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Zechariah 9:14–10:2

      14 Then the LORD will appear over them,
      and his arrow go forth like lightning;
      the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet,
      and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
      15 The LORD of hosts will protect them,
      and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
      and they shall drink their blood like wine,
      and be full like a bowl,
      drenched like the corners of the altar.

      16 On that day the LORD their God will save them
      for they are the flock of his people;
      for like the jewels of a crown
      they shall shine on his land.
      17 Yea, how good and how fair it shall be!
      Grain shall make the young men flourish,
      and new wine the maidens.

Chapter 10

      1 Ask rain from the LORD
      in the season of the spring rain,
      from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,
      who gives men showers of rain,
      to every one the vegetation in the field.
      2 For the teraphim utter nonsense,
      and the diviners see lies;
      the dreamers tell false dreams,
      and give empty consolation.
      Therefore the people wander like sheep;
      they are afflicted for want of a shepherd.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 20:17–38
17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you all the time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance to God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that all you among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36 And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept and embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they brought him to the ship.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 61

PSALM 61

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God,
      listen to my prayer;
      2 from the end of the earth I call to thee,
      when my heart is faint.
      Lead thou me
      to the rock that is higher than I;
      3 for thou art my refuge,
      a strong tower against the enemy.
      4 Let me dwell in thy tent for ever!
      Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings! [Selah]
      5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows,
      thou hast given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.
      6 Prolong the life of the king;
      may his years endure to all generations!
      7 May he be enthroned for ever before God;
      bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him!
      8 So will I ever sing praises to thy name,
      as I pay my vows day after day.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 8:1–18
1 After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
2 And he defeated Moab, and measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground; two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.
3 David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphrates. 4 And David took from him a thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers; and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for a hundred chariots. 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew twenty-two thousand men of the Syrians. 6 Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took very much bronze.
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, 10 Toi sent his son Joram to King David, to greet him, and to congratulate him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had often been at war with Toi. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold, and of bronze; 11 these also King David dedicated to the LORD, together with the silver and gold which he dedicated from all the nations he subdued, 12 from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David won a name for himself. When he returned, he slew eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.
15 So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and equity to all his people. 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 17 and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests; and Seraiah was secretary; 18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests.

 

SECOND READING
Acts 20:17–38
17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you all the time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which befell me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance to God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that all you among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
36 And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they all wept and embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they should see his face no more. And they brought him to the ship.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
WEDNESDAY AFTER PROPER 11
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 100
             First Reading       2 Samuel 5:1–12 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Luke 15:1–7
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 61
             First Reading       2 Samuel 9:1–13 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Luke 15:1–7


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 100

PSALM 100

A Psalm for the thank offering.

      1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!
      2 Serve the LORD with gladness!
      Come into his presence with singing!

      3 Know that the LORD is God!
      It is he that made us, and we are his;
      we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
      and his courts with praise!
      Give thanks to him, bless his name!

      5 For the LORD is good;
      his steadfast love endures for ever,
      and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
2 Samuel 5:1–12
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would smite the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built the city round about from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

 

SECOND READING
Luke 15:1–7
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 61

PSALM 61

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God,
      listen to my prayer;
      2 from the end of the earth I call to thee,
      when my heart is faint.
      Lead thou me
      to the rock that is higher than I;
      3 for thou art my refuge,
      a strong tower against the enemy.
      4 Let me dwell in thy tent for ever!
      Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings! [Selah]
      5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows,
      thou hast given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.
      6 Prolong the life of the king;
      may his years endure to all generations!
      7 May he be enthroned for ever before God;
      bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him!
      8 So will I ever sing praises to thy name,
      as I pay my vows day after day.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 9:1–13
1 And David said, “Is there still any one left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “Your servant is he.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still some one of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear; for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he did obeisance, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?”
9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s son. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s son may have bread to eat; but Mephibosheth your master’s son shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who dwelt in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem; for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

 

SECOND READING
Luke 15:1–7
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 12
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 145:10–18
             First Reading       1 Kings 19:19–21 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Colossians 1:9–14
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 14
             First Reading       2 Samuel 10:1–5 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Colossians 1:9–14


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 145:10–18

      10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
      and all thy saints shall bless thee!
      11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
      and tell of thy power,
      12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
      and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
      13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

      The LORD is faithful in all his words,
      and gracious in all his deeds.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to thee,
      and thou givest them their food in due season.
      16 Thou openest thy hand,
      thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
      17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
      and kind in all his doings.
      18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
      to all who call upon him in truth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
1 Kings 19:19–21
19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him. 20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21 And he returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 1:9–14
9 And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 14

PSALM 14

To the choirmaster. Of David.

      1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
      They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
      there is none that does good.
      2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
      to see if there are any that act wisely,
      that seek after God.

      3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
      there is none that does good,
      no, not one.

      4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
      who eat up my people as they eat bread,
      and do not call upon the LORD?
      5 There they shall be in great terror,
      for God is with the generation of the righteous.
      6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
      but the LORD is his refuge.

      7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
      When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
      Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 10:1–5
1 After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2 And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off half the beard of each, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5 When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return.”

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 1:9–14
9 And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 12
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 145:10–18
             First Reading       2 Kings 3:4–20 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Colossians 3:12–17
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 14
             First Reading       2 Samuel 10:6–12 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Colossians 3:12–17


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 145:10–18

      10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
      and all thy saints shall bless thee!
      11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
      and tell of thy power,
      12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
      and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
      13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

      The LORD is faithful in all his words,
      and gracious in all his deeds.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to thee,
      and thou givest them their food in due season.
      16 Thou openest thy hand,
      thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
      17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
      and kind in all his doings.
      18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
      to all who call upon him in truth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
2 Kings 3:4–20
4 Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder; and he had to deliver annually to the king of Israel a hundred thousand lambs, and the wool of a hundred thousand rams. 5 But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 So King Jehoram marched out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel. 7 And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “The king of Moab has rebelled against me; will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” 8 Then he said, “By which way shall we march?” Jehoram answered, “By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”
9 So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the beasts which followed them. 10 Then the king of Israel said, “Alas! The LORD has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.” 11 And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?” Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 And Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” But the king of Israel said to him, “No; it is the LORD who has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.” 14 And Elisha said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, whom I serve, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you, nor see you. 15 But now bring me a minstrel.” And when the minstrel played, the power of the LORD came upon him. 16 And he said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will make this dry stream-bed full of pools.’ 17 For thus says the LORD, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that stream-bed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your cattle, and your beasts.’ 18 This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD; he will also give the Moabites into your hand, 19 and you shall conquer every fortified city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop up all springs of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones.” 20 The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water.

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 3:12–17
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 14

PSALM 14

To the choirmaster. Of David.

      1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
      They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
      there is none that does good.
      2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
      to see if there are any that act wisely,
      that seek after God.

      3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
      there is none that does good,
      no, not one.

      4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
      who eat up my people as they eat bread,
      and do not call upon the LORD?
      5 There they shall be in great terror,
      for God is with the generation of the righteous.
      6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
      but the LORD is his refuge.

      7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
      When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
      Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 10:6–12
6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become odious to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, twenty thousand foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with a thousand men, and the men of Tob, twelve thousand men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate; and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and Maacah, were by themselves in the open country.
9 When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the picked men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Syrians; 10 the rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what seems good to him.”

 

SECOND READING
Colossians 3:12–17
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
SATURDAY BEFORE PROPER 12
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 145:10–18
             First Reading       2 Kings 4:38–41 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       John 4:31–38
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 14
             First Reading       2 Samuel 10:13–19 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       John 4:31–38


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 145:10–18

      10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
      and all thy saints shall bless thee!
      11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
      and tell of thy power,
      12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
      and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
      13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

      The LORD is faithful in all his words,
      and gracious in all his deeds.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to thee,
      and thou givest them their food in due season.
      16 Thou openest thy hand,
      thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
      17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
      and kind in all his doings.
      18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
      to all who call upon him in truth.

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
2 Kings 4:38–41
38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal when there was a famine in the land. And as the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, “Set on the great pot, and boil pottage for the sons of the prophets.” 39 One of them went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot of pottage, not knowing what they were. 40 And they poured out for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the pottage, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 41 He said, “Then bring meal.” And he threw it into the pot, and said, “Pour out for the men, that they may eat.” And there was no harm in the pot.

 

SECOND READING
John 4:31–38
31 Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has any one brought him food?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. 36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 14

PSALM 14

To the choirmaster. Of David.

      1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
      They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
      there is none that does good.
      2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
      to see if there are any that act wisely,
      that seek after God.

      3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
      there is none that does good,
      no, not one.

      4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
      who eat up my people as they eat bread,
      and do not call upon the LORD?
      5 There they shall be in great terror,
      for God is with the generation of the righteous.
      6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
      but the LORD is his refuge.

      7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
      When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
      Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 10:13–19
13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians; and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai, and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites, and came to Jerusalem.
15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent, and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates; and they came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians arrayed themselves against David, and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians the men of seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel, and became subject to them. So the Syrians feared to help the Ammonites any more.


SECOND READING
John 4:31–38
31 Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has any one brought him food?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. 36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 12
Lectionary/Ordinary 17 - Sunday between July 24 and July 30
YEAR B


  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option I
             Old Testament       2 Kings 4:42–44 (Complementary)
             Psalm       Psalm 145:10–18
             New Testament       Ephesians 3:14–21
             Gospel       John 6:1–21
  or
  Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament & Gospel, Option II
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 11:1–15 (Semicontinuous)
             Psalm       Psalm 14
             New Testament       Ephesians 3:14–21
             Gospel       John 6:1–21


Index of Readings


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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Complementary)
2 Kings 4:42–44
42 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.” 43 But his servant said, “How am I to set this before a hundred men?” So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” 44 So he set it before them. And they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

 

PSALM
Psalm 145:10–18

      10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
      and all thy saints shall bless thee!
      11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
      and tell of thy power,
      12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
      and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
      13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

      The LORD is faithful in all his words,
      and gracious in all his deeds.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to thee,
      and thou givest them their food in due season.
      16 Thou openest thy hand,
      thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
      17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
      and kind in all his doings.
      18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
      to all who call upon him in truth.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 3:14–21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

GOSPEL
John 6:1–21
1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberi-as. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caperna-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened, 20 but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

 

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


OLD TESTAMENT
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 11:1–15
1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking upon the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am with child.”
6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day, and the next. 13 And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.”

 

PSALM
Psalm 14

PSALM 14

To the choirmaster. Of David.

      1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
      They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
      there is none that does good.
      2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
      to see if there are any that act wisely,
      that seek after God.

      3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
      there is none that does good,
      no, not one.

      4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
      who eat up my people as they eat bread,
      and do not call upon the LORD?
      5 There they shall be in great terror,
      for God is with the generation of the righteous.
      6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
      but the LORD is his refuge.

      7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
      When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
      Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 3:14–21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

GOSPEL
John 6:1–21
1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberi-as. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caperna-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened, 20 but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
MONDAY AFTER PROPER 12
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 111
             First Reading       Genesis 18:1–15 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Philippians 4:10–20
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 37:12–22
             First Reading       2 Samuel 11:14–21 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Philippians 4:10–20


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 111

PSALM 111

1 Praise the LORD.
      I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
      in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
      2 Great are the works of the LORD,
      studied by all who have pleasure in them.
      3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,
      and his righteousness endures for ever.
      4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered;
      the LORD is gracious and merciful.

      5 He provides food for those who fear him;
      he is ever mindful of his covenant.
      6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
      in giving them the heritage of the nations.
      7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
      all his precepts are trustworthy,
      8 they are established for ever and ever,
      to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
      9 He sent redemption to his people;
      he has commanded his covenant for ever.
      Holy and terrible is his name!
      10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
      a good understanding have all those who practice it.
      His praise endures for ever!

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Genesis 18:1–15
1 And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth, 3 and said, “My lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I fetch a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8 Then he took curds, and milk, and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, in the spring, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

 

SECOND READING
Philippians 4:10–20
10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent me help once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 37:12–22

      12 The wicked plots against the righteous,
      and gnashes his teeth at him;
      13 but the LORD laughs at the wicked,
      for he sees that his day is coming.

      14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows,
      to bring down the poor and needy,
      to slay those who walk uprightly;

      15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
      and their bows shall be broken.
      16 Better is a little that the righteous has
      than the abundance of many wicked.
      17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
      but the LORD upholds the righteous.

      18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
      and their heritage will abide for ever;
      19 they are not put to shame in evil times,
      in the days of famine they have abundance.
      20 But the wicked perish;
      the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures,
      they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

      21 The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back,
      but the righteous is generous and gives;
      22 for those blessed by the LORD shall possess the land,
      but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 11:14–21
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab; and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite was slain also. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting; 19 and he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling all the news about the fighting to the king, 20 then, if the king’s anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast an upper millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’”

 

SECOND READING
Philippians 4:10–20
10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent me help once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018 | AFTER PENTECOST
TUESDAY AFTER PROPER 12
YEAR B


  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I
             Psalm       Psalm 111
             First Reading       Exodus 24:1–11 (Complementary)
             Second Reading       Romans 15:22–33
  or
  Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II
             Psalm       Psalm 37:12–22
             First Reading       2 Samuel 11:22–27 (Semicontinuous)
             Second Reading       Romans 15:22–33


Index of Readings


Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I


PSALM
Psalm 111

PSALM 111

1 Praise the LORD.
      I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
      in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
      2 Great are the works of the LORD,
      studied by all who have pleasure in them.
      3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,
      and his righteousness endures for ever.
      4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered;
      the LORD is gracious and merciful.

      5 He provides food for those who fear him;
      he is ever mindful of his covenant.
      6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
      in giving them the heritage of the nations.
      7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
      all his precepts are trustworthy,
      8 they are established for ever and ever,
      to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
      9 He sent redemption to his people;
      he has commanded his covenant for ever.
      Holy and terrible is his name!
      10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
      a good understanding have all those who practice it.
      His praise endures for ever!

 

FIRST READING
(Complementary)
Exodus 24:1–11
1 And he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship afar off. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”
3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do.” 4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.

 

SECOND READING
Romans 15:22–33
22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem; 27 they were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain; 29 and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
30 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

OR
Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II


PSALM
Psalm 37:12–22

      12 The wicked plots against the righteous,
      and gnashes his teeth at him;
      13 but the LORD laughs at the wicked,
      for he sees that his day is coming.

      14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows,
      to bring down the poor and needy,
      to slay those who walk uprightly;

      15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
      and their bows shall be broken.
      16 Better is a little that the righteous has
      than the abundance of many wicked.
      17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
      but the LORD upholds the righteous.

      18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
      and their heritage will abide for ever;
      19 they are not put to shame in evil times,
      in the days of famine they have abundance.
      20 But the wicked perish;
      the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures,
      they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

      21 The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back,
      but the righteous is generous and gives;
      22 for those blessed by the LORD shall possess the land,
      but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

 

FIRST READING
(Semicontinuous)
2 Samuel 11:22–27
22 So the messenger went, and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us, and came out against us in the field; but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate. 24 Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall; some of the king’s servants are dead; and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.” 25 David said to the messenger, “Thus shall you say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter trouble you, for the sword devours now one and now another; strengthen your attack upon the city, and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation for her husband. 27 And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

 

SECOND READING
Romans 15:22–33
22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem; 27 they were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain; 29 and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
30 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

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

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