Sunday 21 October 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 21 October 2007 

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Jeremiah 29:1,4-14

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from
Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests,
the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into
exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God
of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem
to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what
they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for
your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons
and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the
welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the
Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 8For
thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets
and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the
dreams that they dream,* 9for it is a lie that they are prophesying to
you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord. 
10 For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon's seventy years are
completed will I visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and
bring you back to this place. 11For surely I know the plans I have for
you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you
a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to
me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you
seek me with all your heart, 14I will let you find me, says the Lord,
and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and
all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring
you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Acts 16:6-15

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been
forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7When they had
come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit
of Jesus did not allow them; 8so, passing by Mysia, they went down to
Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of
Macedonia pleading with him and saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help
us.' 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over
to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the
good news to them. 
The Conversion of Lydia11 We set sail from Troas and took a straight
course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to
Philippi, which is a leading city of the district* of Macedonia and a
Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath
day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a
place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered
there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening
to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth.
The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.
15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, 'If
you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my
home.' And she prevailed upon us.
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

After this the Lord appointed seventy* others and sent them on ahead of
him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
2He said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few;
therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his
harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the
midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one
on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace to this
house!" 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will
rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the
same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer
deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever
you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, "The kingdom of God has
come near to you."* 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not
welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11"Even the dust of your
town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet
know this: the kingdom of God has come near."* 12I tell you, on that day
it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town. 
The Return of the Seventy17 The seventy* returned with joy, saying,
'Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!' 18He said to them, 'I
watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have
given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not
rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your
names are written in heaven.'
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 148, 149, 150

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights! 
2Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his host! 

3Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars! 
4Praise him, you highest heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens! 

5Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created. 
6He established them for ever and ever;
   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.* 

7Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps, 
8fire and hail, snow and frost,
   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

9Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars! 
10Wild animals and all cattle,
   creeping things and flying birds! 

11Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the earth! 
12Young men and women alike,
   old and young together! 

13Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his glory is above earth and heaven. 
14He has raised up a horn for his people,
   praise for all his faithful,
   for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord! 

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 
2Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 
3Let them praise his name with dancing,
   making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 
4For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
   he adorns the humble with victory. 
5Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy on their couches. 
6Let the high praises of God be in their throats
   and two-edged swords in their hands, 
7to execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples, 
8to bind their kings with fetters
   and their nobles with chains of iron, 
9to execute on them the judgement decreed.
   This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament!* 
2Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 

3Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp! 
4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
   praise him with strings and pipe! 
5Praise him with clanging cymbals;
   praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
6Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 114, 115

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
2Judah became God's* sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

3The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
4The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

5Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
6O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
8who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
2Why should the nations say,
   'Where is their God?' 

3Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
4Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
5They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
6They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
7They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
8Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

9O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
10O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
11You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

12The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
13he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

14May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
15May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

16The heavens are the Lord's heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
17The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
18But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!

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