Sunday 26 September 2021 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 26 September 2021

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2 Kings 17:1-18

In the twelfth year of King Ahaz of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah began to
reign in Samaria over Israel; he reigned for nine years. He did what
was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet not like the kings of Israel
who were before him. King Shalmaneser of Assyria came up against him;
Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute. But the king of
Assyria found treachery in Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to King
So of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had
done year by year; therefore the king of Assyria confined him and
imprisoned him.
 Then the king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria;
for three years he besieged it. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king
of Assyria captured Samaria; he carried the Israelites away to
Assyria. He placed them in Halah, on the Habor, the river of Gozan,
and in the cities of the Medes.

 This occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the
Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from
under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They had worshipped other
gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out
before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of
Israel had introduced.
Acts 9:36-43

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in
Greek is Dorcas.* She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.
At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they
laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the
disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with
the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up
and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room
upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics
and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter
put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned
to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes,
and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up.
Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This
became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a
Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus* was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the
crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats
there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and
were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one
belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the
shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he
had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep
water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered,
‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet
if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this,
they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So
they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help
them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,
‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who
were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners
with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on
you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to
shore, they left everything and followed him.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 66, 67

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.* 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, has blessed us. 
May God continue to bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth revere him.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 19, 46

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament* proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice* goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 

In the heavens* he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;*
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present* help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city;* it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

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