Sunday 9 September 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 9 September 2007 

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1 Kings 12:21-33

When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and
the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen troops to
fight against the house of Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam
son of Solomon. 22But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God:
23Say to King Rehoboam of Judah, son of Solomon, and to all the house of
Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, 24'Thus says the
Lord, You shall not go up or fight against your kindred the people of
Israel. Let everyone go home, for this thing is from me.' So they heeded
the word of the Lord and went home again, according to the word of the
Jeroboam's Golden Calves25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill
country of Ephraim, and resided there; he went out from there and built
Penuel. 26Then Jeroboam said to himself, 'Now the kingdom may well
revert to the house of David. 27If this people continues to go up to
offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the heart of
this people will turn again to their master, King Rehoboam of Judah;
they will kill me and return to King Rehoboam of Judah.' 28So the king
took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people,* 'You
have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, O Israel, who
brought you up out of the land of Egypt.' 29He set one in Bethel, and
the other he put in Dan. 30And this thing became a sin, for the people
went to worship before the one at Bethel and before the other as far as
Dan.* 31He also made houses* on high places, and appointed priests from
among all the people, who were not Levites. 32Jeroboam appointed a
festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month like the festival that
was in Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar; so he did in
Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And he placed in
Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made. 33He went up to
the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth
month, in the month that he alone had prescribed; he appointed a
festival for the people of Israel, and he went up to the altar to offer
Acts 4:18-31

So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the
name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered them, 'Whether it is right
in God's sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;
20for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.'
21After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to
punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what
had happened. 22For the man on whom this sign of healing had been
performed was more than forty years old. 
The Believers Pray for Boldness23 After they were released, they went to
their friends* and reported what the chief priests and the elders had
said to them. 24When they heard it, they raised their voices together to
God and said, 'Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the
sea, and everything in them, 25it is you who said by the Holy Spirit
through our ancestor David, your servant:*
"Why did the Gentiles rage,
   and the peoples imagine vain things? 
26The kings of the earth took their stand,
   and the rulers have gathered together
     against the Lord and against his Messiah."* 
27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the
Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy
servant* Jesus, whom you anointed, 28to do whatever your hand and your
plan had predestined to take place. 29And now, Lord, look at their
threats, and grant to your servants* to speak your word with all
boldness, 30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and
wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant* Jesus.'
31When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together
was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the
word of God with boldness.
John 10:31-42

The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus replied, 'I have
shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you
going to stone me?' 33The Jews answered, 'It is not for a good work that
we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a
human being, are making yourself God.' 34Jesus answered, 'Is it not
written in your law,* "I said, you are gods"? 35If those to whom the
word of God came were called "gods"-and the scripture cannot be
annulled- 36can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and
sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, "I am God's Son"?
37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me.
38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the
works, so that you may know and understand* that the Father is in me and
I am in the Father.' 39Then they tried to arrest him again, but he
escaped from their hands. 
40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been
baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41Many came to him, and they
were saying, 'John performed no sign, but everything that John said
about this man was true.' 42And many believed in him there.
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. 
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
   beholding your power and glory. 
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
   my lips will praise you. 
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
   I will lift up my hands and call on your name. 

5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,*
   and my mouth praises you with joyful lips 
6when I think of you on my bed,
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 
7for you have been my help,
   and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. 
8My soul clings to you;
   your right hand upholds me. 

9But those who seek to destroy my life
   shall go down into the depths of the earth; 
10they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
   they shall be prey for jackals. 
11But 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. 
2The Lord has made known his victory;
   he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 
3He 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. 

4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
   break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 
5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the sound of melody. 
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. 

7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   the world and those who live in it. 
8Let the floods clap their hands;
   let the hills sing together for joy 
9at 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. 
2Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and do not forget all his benefits- 
3who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases, 
4who redeems your life from the Pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
5who satisfies you with good as long as you live*
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

6The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed. 
7He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel. 
8The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
9He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger for ever. 
10He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities. 
11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; 
12as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us. 
13As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. 
14For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust. 

15As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more. 
17But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children's children, 
18to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments. 

19The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all. 
20Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   obedient to his spoken word. 
21Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
   his ministers that do his will. 
22Bless the Lord, all his works,
   in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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