Sunday 20 May 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 20 May 2007 

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Ezekiel 3:16-27

At the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, I
have made you a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a
word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to
the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’, and you give them no warning, and
do not speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save
their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their
blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and they
do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall
die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life. Again, if the
righteous turn from their righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a
stumbling-block before them, they shall die; because you have not warned
them, they shall die for their sin, and their righteous deeds that they
have done shall not be remembered; but their blood I will require at
your hand. If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do
not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you
will have saved your life. 
Then the hand of the Lord was upon me there; and he said to me, Rise up,
go out into the valley, and there I will speak with you. So I rose up
and went out into the valley; and the glory of the Lord stood there,
like the glory that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell on my
face. The spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and he spoke
with me and said to me: Go, shut yourself inside your house. As for
you, mortal, cords shall be placed on you, and you shall be bound with
them, so that you cannot go out among the people; and I will make your
tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be speechless
and unable to reprove them; for they are a rebellious house. But when I
speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them,
‘Thus says the Lord God’; let those who will hear, hear; and let those
who refuse to hear, refuse; for they are a rebellious house.
Ephesians 2:1-10

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived,
following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of
the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following
the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of
wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the
great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our
trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been
saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the
immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ
Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not
your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that
no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ
Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of
Matthew 10:24-33,40-42

‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it
is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like
the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how
much more will they malign those of his household! 
‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be
uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to
you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered,
proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and
body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of
them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the
hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of
more value than many sparrows. 
‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will
acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before
others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. 
‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the
one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous
person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the
righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these
will lose their reward.’ 
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 66, 67

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, has blessed us. 
May God continue to bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth revere him.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 19, 46

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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