Wednesday 22 December 2021 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 22 December 2021

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2 Samuel 7:1-17

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him
rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet
Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of
God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that
you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’

 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell
my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a
house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought
up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving
about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among
all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the
tribal leaders* of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people
Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now
therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord
of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be
prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you
went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will
make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the
earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant
them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no
more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the
time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give
you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you
that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and
you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after
you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his
kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be a father to him, and he
shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with
a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I
will not take* my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul,
whom I put away from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall be
made sure for ever before me;* your throne shall be established for
ever. In accordance with all these words and with all this vision,
Nathan spoke to David.
Titus 2:11-3:8a

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,*
training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the
present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and
godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the
glory of our great God and Saviour,* Jesus Christ. He it is who gave
himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify
for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

 Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority.* Let no
one look down on you.
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient,
to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid
quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. For
we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to
various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy,
despicable, hating one another. But when the goodness and
loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because
of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his
mercy, through the water* of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our
Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become
heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is sure.

I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come
to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works;
these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.
Luke 1:39-56
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the
hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted
Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in
her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed
with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the
fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother
of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your
greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who
believed that there would be* a fulfilment of what was spoken to her
by the Lord.’
 And Mary* said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord, 
   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name. 
His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation. 
He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly; 
he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty. 
He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy, 
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

 And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned
to her home.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Give the king your justice, O God,
   and your righteousness to a king’s son. 
May he judge your people with righteousness,
   and your poor with justice. 
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
   and the hills, in righteousness. 
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
   give deliverance to the needy,
   and crush the oppressor. 

May he live* while the sun endures,
   and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
   like showers that water the earth. 
In his days may righteousness flourish
   and peace abound, until the moon is no more. 

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth. 
May his foes* bow down before him,
   and his enemies lick the dust. 
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
   render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
   bring gifts. 
May all kings fall down before him,
   all nations give him service. 

For he delivers the needy when they call,
   the poor and those who have no helper. 
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
   and saves the lives of the needy. 
>From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
   and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Long may he live!
   May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
   and blessings invoked for him all day long. 
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
   may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
   may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
   like the grass of the field. 
May his name endure for ever,
   his fame continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in him;*
   may they pronounce him happy. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wondrous things. 
Blessed be his glorious name for ever;
   may his glory fill the whole earth.Amen and Amen. 

The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 111, 113

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
   in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 
Great are the works of the Lord,
   studied by all who delight in them. 
Full of honour and majesty is his work,
   and his righteousness endures for ever. 
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
   the Lord is gracious and merciful. 
He provides food for those who fear him;
   he is ever mindful of his covenant. 
He has shown his people the power of his works,
   in giving them the heritage of the nations. 
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
   all his precepts are trustworthy. 
They are established for ever and ever,
   to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 
He sent redemption to his people;
   he has commanded his covenant for ever.
   Holy and awesome is his name. 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
   all those who practise it* have a good understanding.
   His praise endures for ever.

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
   praise the name of the Lord. 

Blessed be the name of the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore. 
>From the rising of the sun to its setting
   the name of the Lord is to be praised. 
The Lord is high above all nations,
   and his glory above the heavens. 

Who is like the Lord our God,
   who is seated on high, 
who looks far down
   on the heavens and the earth? 
He raises the poor from the dust,
   and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 
to make them sit with princes,
   with the princes of his people. 
He gives the barren woman a home,
   making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

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