Sunday 28 October 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 28 October 2007 

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Haggai 1:1-2:9

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day
of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to
Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of
Jehozadak, the high priest: Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people
say the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house. Then the word
of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Is it a time for you
yourselves to live in your panelled houses, while this house lies in
ruins? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have
fared. You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never
have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe
yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to
put them into a bag with holes.

 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. Go up to the
hills and bring wood and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in
it and be honoured, says the Lord. You have looked for much, and, lo, it
came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? says
the Lord of hosts. Because my house lies in ruins, while all of you
hurry off to your own houses. Therefore the heavens above you have
withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I have
called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new
wine, the oil, on what the soil produces, on human beings and animals,
and on all their labours.

 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high
priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord
their God, and the words of the prophet Haggai, as the Lord their God
had sent him; and the people feared the Lord. Then Haggai, the messenger
of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord's message, saying, I am
with you, says the Lord. And the Lord stirred up the spirit of
Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua
son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of
the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts,
their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month.

In the second year of King Darius,in the seventh month, on the
twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet
Haggai, saying: Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of
Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the
remnant of the people, and say, Who is left among you that saw this
house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in
your sight as nothing? Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the
Lord; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take
courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord; work, for I am with
you, says the Lord of hosts,
Acts 18:24-19:7

Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria.
He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. He had been
instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm
and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only
the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when
Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the
Way of God to him more accurately. And when he wished to cross over to
Achaia, the believers* encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to
welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace
had become believers, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public,
showing by the scriptures that the Messiah* is Jesus.

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and
came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, 'Did
you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?' They replied,
'No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.' Then he said,
'Into what then were you baptized?' They answered, 'Into John's
baptism.' Paul said, 'John baptized with the baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that
is, in Jesus.' On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came
upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied- altogether there
were about twelve of them.
Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.* 'Teacher,' he said, 'what
must I do to inherit eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in
the law? What do you read there?' He answered, 'You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.' And
he said to him, 'You have given the right answer; do this, and you will

 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, 'And who is my
neighbour?' Jesus replied, 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him,
and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going
down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So
likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on
the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when
he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his
wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own
animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he
took out two denarii,* gave them to the innkeeper, and said, "Take care
of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend."
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell
into the hands of the robbers?' He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.'
Jesus said to him, 'Go and do likewise.'
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 63:1-11, 98

Psalm 63:1-11

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
   my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
   as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
   beholding your power and glory. 
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
   my lips will praise you. 
So I will bless you as long as I live;
   I will lift up my hands and call on your name. 

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,*
   and my mouth praises you with joyful lips 
when I think of you on my bed,
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 
for you have been my help,
   and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. 
My soul clings to you;
   your right hand upholds me. 

But those who seek to destroy my life
   shall go down into the depths of the earth; 
they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
   they shall be prey for jackals. 
But the king shall rejoice in God;
   all who swear by him shall exult,
   for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
   for he has done marvellous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
   have gained him victory. 
The Lord has made known his victory;
   he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
   to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
   the victory of our God. 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
   break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the sound of melody. 
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. 

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   the world and those who live in it. 
Let the floods clap their hands;
   let the hills sing together for joy 
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
   to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with equity.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and do not forget all his benefits- 
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases, 
who redeems your life from the Pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
who satisfies you with good as long as you live*
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed. 
He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel. 
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger for ever. 
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities. 
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; 
as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us. 
As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. 
For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust. 

As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more. 
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children's children, 
to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments. 

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all. 
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   obedient to his spoken word. 
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
   his ministers that do his will. 
Bless the Lord, all his works,
   in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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