Saturday 27 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 27 August 2022  

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Job 9:1, 10:1-9,16-22

Then Job answered:
‘I loathe my life;
   I will give free utterance to my complaint;
   I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 
I will say to God, Do not condemn me;
   let me know why you contend against me. 
Does it seem good to you to oppress,
   to despise the work of your hands
   and favour the schemes of the wicked? 
Do you have eyes of flesh?
   Do you see as humans see? 
Are your days like the days of mortals,
   or your years like human years, 
that you seek out my iniquity
   and search for my sin, 
although you know that I am not guilty,
   and there is no one to deliver out of your hand? 
Your hands fashioned and made me;
   and now you turn and destroy me.* 
Remember that you fashioned me like clay;
   and will you turn me to dust again? 
Bold as a lion you hunt me;
   you repeat your exploits against me. 
You renew your witnesses against me,
   and increase your vexation towards me;
   you bring fresh troops against me.* 

‘Why did you bring me forth from the womb?
   Would that I had died before any eye had seen me, 
and were as though I had not been,
   carried from the womb to the grave. 
Are not the days of my life few?*
   Let me alone, that I may find a little comfort* 
before I go, never to return,
   to the land of gloom and deep darkness, 
the land of gloom* and chaos,
   where light is like darkness.’
Acts 11:1-18

Now the apostles and the believers* who were in Judea heard that the
Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to
Jerusalem, the circumcised believers* criticized him, saying, ‘Why
did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began
to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of
Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something
like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four
corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw
four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I
also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”
But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean
has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered
from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to
heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea,
arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them
and not to make a distinction between them and us.* These six brothers
also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how
he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to
Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message
by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I
began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us
at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had
said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the
Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us
when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could
hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they
praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the
repentance that leads to life.’
John 8:12-20

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light
of life.’ Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on
your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered,
‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I
know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know
where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards;*
I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it
is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father* who sent me. In your
law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I
testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my
behalf.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus
answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you
would know my Father also.’ He spoke these words while he was
teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him,
because his hour had not yet come.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 20, 21:1-14

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
   The name of the God of Jacob protect you! 
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
   and give you support from Zion. 
May he remember all your offerings,
   and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.

May he grant you your heart’s desire,
   and fulfil all your plans. 
May we shout for joy over your victory,
   and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfil all your petitions. 

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
   he will answer him from his holy heaven
   with mighty victories by his right hand. 
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
   but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. 
They will collapse and fall,
   but we shall rise and stand upright. 

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
   answer us when we call.*

Psalm 21:1-14

In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord,
   and in your help how greatly he exults! 
You have given him his heart’s desire,
   and have not withheld the request of his lips.
For you meet him with rich blessings;
   you set a crown of fine gold on his head. 
He asked you for life; you gave it to him—
   length of days for ever and ever. 
His glory is great through your help;
   splendour and majesty you bestow on him. 
You bestow on him blessings for ever;
   you make him glad with the joy of your presence. 
For the king trusts in the Lord,
   and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be

Your hand will find out all your enemies;
   your right hand will find out those who hate you. 
You will make them like a fiery furnace
   when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
   and fire will consume them. 
You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
   and their children from among humankind. 
If they plan evil against you,
   if they devise mischief, they will not succeed. 
For you will put them to flight;
   you will aim at their faces with your bows. 

Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
   We will sing and praise your power.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 110:1-7, 116, 117

Psalm 110:1-7

The Lord says to my lord,
   ‘Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 

The Lord sends out from Zion
   your mighty sceptre.
   Rule in the midst of your foes. 
Your people will offer themselves willingly
   on the day you lead your forces
   on the holy mountains.*
>From the womb of the morning,
   like dew, your youth* will come to you. 
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
   ‘You are a priest for ever according to the order of

The Lord is at your right hand;
   he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. 
He will execute judgement among the nations,
   filling them with corpses;
he will shatter heads
   over the wide earth. 
He will drink from the stream by the path;
   therefore he will lift up his head.

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard
   my voice and my supplications. 
Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 
The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish. 
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ 

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful. 
The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me. 
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 

For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling. 
I walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living. 
I kept my faith, even when I said,
   ‘I am greatly afflicted’; 
I said in my consternation,
   ‘Everyone is a liar.’ 

What shall I return to the Lord
   for all his bounty to me? 
I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the Lord, 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people. 
Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful ones. 
O Lord, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
   You have loosed my bonds. 
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the Lord. 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people, 
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
   Extol him, all you peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!

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