Sunday 10 February 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 10 February 2008 

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Daniel 9:3-10

Then I turned to the Lord God, to seek an answer by prayer and
supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4I prayed to the Lord
my God and made confession, saying,
'Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love
with those who love you and keep your commandments, 5we have sinned and
done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your
commandments and ordinances. 6We have not listened to your servants the
prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our
ancestors, and to all the people of the land. 
7 'Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but open shame, as at this
day, falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the
lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they
have committed against you. 8Open shame, O Lord, falls on us, our kings,
our officials, and our ancestors, because we have sinned against you.
9To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled
against him, 10and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by
following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Hebrews 2:10-18

10 It was fitting that God,* for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their
salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and
those who are sanctified all have one Father.* For this reason Jesus* is
not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,* 12saying,
'I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.' 
13And again,
'I will put my trust in him.'
And again,
'Here am I and the children whom God has given me.' 
14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself
likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy
the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those
who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it
is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of
Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters* in
every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest
in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of
the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is
able to help those who are being tested. 
John 12:44-50

44 Then Jesus cried aloud: 'Whoever believes in me believes not in me
but in him who sent me. 45And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46I
have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me
should not remain in the darkness. 47I do not judge anyone who hears my
words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to
save the world. 48The one who rejects me and does not receive my word
has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as
judge, 49for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has
himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.
50And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak,
therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.' 
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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