Sunday 21 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 21 August 2022 

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Job 4:1-6,12-21

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered: 
‘If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?
   But who can keep from speaking? 
See, you have instructed many;
   you have strengthened the weak hands. 
Your words have supported those who were stumbling,
   and you have made firm the feeble knees. 
But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
   it touches you, and you are dismayed. 
Is not your fear of God your confidence,
   and the integrity of your ways your hope? 

‘Now a word came stealing to me,
   my ear received the whisper of it. 
Amid thoughts from visions of the night,
   when deep sleep falls on mortals, 
dread came upon me, and trembling,
   which made all my bones shake. 
A spirit glided past my face;
   the hair of my flesh bristled. 
It stood still,
   but I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes;
   there was silence, then I heard a voice: 
“Can mortals be righteous before* God?
   Can human beings be pure before* their Maker? 
Even in his servants he puts no trust,
   and his angels he charges with error; 
how much more those who live in houses of clay,
   whose foundation is in the dust,
   who are crushed like a moth. 
Between morning and evening they are destroyed;
   they perish for ever without any regarding it. 
Their tent-cord is plucked up within them,
   and they die devoid of wisdom.”
Revelation 4:1-11

After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the
first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said,
‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after
this.’ At once I was in the spirit,* and there in heaven stood a
throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks
like jasper and cornelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that
looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and
seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes,
with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes
of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the
throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God;
and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass,
like crystal.

Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living
creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature
like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living
creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature
like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with
six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night
without ceasing they sing,
‘Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
   who was and is and is to come.’ 
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to
the one who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the
twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and
worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns
before the throne, singing, 
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
   to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
   and by your will they existed and were created.’
Mark 6:1-6a

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples
followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and
many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man
get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What
deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter,
the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence* at
him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour,
except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own
house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid
his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at
their unbelief. 

Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 146, 147

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
   I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 

Do not put your trust in princes,
   in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
   on that very day their plans perish. 

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
   whose hope is in the Lord their God, 
who made heaven and earth,
   the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever; 
   who executes justice for the oppressed;
   who gives food to the hungry. 

The Lord sets the prisoners free; 
   the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
   the Lord loves the righteous. 
The Lord watches over the strangers;
   he upholds the orphan and the widow,
   but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 

The Lord will reign for ever,
   your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
   for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
   he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 
He heals the broken-hearted,
   and binds up their wounds. 
He determines the number of the stars;
   he gives to all of them their names. 
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
   his understanding is beyond measure. 
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
   he casts the wicked to the ground. 

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
   make melody to our God on the lyre. 
He covers the heavens with clouds,
   prepares rain for the earth,
   makes grass grow on the hills. 
He gives to the animals their food,
   and to the young ravens when they cry. 
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
   nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;* 
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
   in those who hope in his steadfast love. 

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
   Praise your God, O Zion! 
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
   he blesses your children within you. 
He grants peace* within your borders;
   he fills you with the finest of wheat. 
He sends out his command to the earth;
   his word runs swiftly. 
He gives snow like wool;
   he scatters frost like ashes. 
He hurls down hail like crumbs—
   who can stand before his cold? 
He sends out his word, and melts them;
   he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow. 
He declares his word to Jacob,
   his statutes and ordinances to Israel. 
He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
   they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 111, 112, 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 112

Praise the Lord!
   Happy are those who fear the Lord,
   who greatly delight in his commandments. 
Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
   the generation of the upright will be blessed. 
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
   and their righteousness endures for ever. 
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
   they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. 
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
   who conduct their affairs with justice. 
For the righteous will never be moved;
   they will be remembered for ever. 
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
   their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. 
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;
   in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 
They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;
   their righteousness endures for ever;
   their horn is exalted in honour. 
The wicked see it and are angry;
   they gnash their teeth and melt away;
   the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

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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