Sunday 24 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 24 July 2022 

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Joshua 24:1-15

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned
the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and
they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the
people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your
ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the
Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from
beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made
his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; and to Isaac I gave Jacob and
Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and
his children went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I
plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst; and afterwards I brought
you out. When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, you came to the
sea; and the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and
horsemen to the Red Sea.* When they cried out to the Lord, he put
darkness between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea come upon
them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt. Afterwards
you lived in the wilderness for a long time. Then I brought you to the
land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they
fought with you, and I handed them over to you, and you took
possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. Then King
Balak, son of Zippor of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent
and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you, but I would not listen to
Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I rescued you out of his hand.
When you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, the citizens of
Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the
Jebusites; and I handed them over to you. I sent the hornet* ahead of
you, which drove out before you the two kings of the Amorites; it was
not by your sword or by your bow. I gave you a land on which you had
not laboured, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them;
you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive groves that you did not

 ‘Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in
faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the
River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to
serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods
your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of
the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my
household, we will serve the Lord.’
Acts 28:23-31

After they had fixed a day to meet him, they came to him at his
lodgings in great numbers. From morning until evening he explained the
matter to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to
convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the
prophets. Some were convinced by what he had said, while others
refused to believe. So they disagreed with each other; and as they
were leaving, Paul made one further statement: ‘The Holy Spirit was
right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, 
“Go to this people and say,
You will indeed listen, but never understand,
   and you will indeed look, but never perceive. 
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
   and their ears are hard of hearing,
     and they have shut their eyes;
     so that they might not look with their eyes,
   and listen with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn—
   and I would heal them.” 
Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent
to the Gentiles; they will listen.’*

 He lived there for two whole years at his own expense* and welcomed
all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about
the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
Mark 2:23-28

One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made
their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees
said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the
sabbath?’ And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered
the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of
the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat,
and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he said to them, ‘The
sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so
the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 24, 29

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it; 
for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers. 

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place? 
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully. 
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.*

Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle. 
Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,*
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
   worship the Lord in holy splendour. 

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the Lord, over mighty waters. 
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
   the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,*
   and strips the forest bare;
   and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’ 

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever. 
May the Lord give strength to his people!
   May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 8, 84

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

You have set your glory above the heavens. 
   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger. 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established; 
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals* that you care for them? 

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,*
   and crowned them with glory and honour. 
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet, 
all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field, 
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
   O Lord of hosts! 
My soul longs, indeed it faints
   for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
   to the living God. 

Even the sparrow finds a home,
   and the swallow a nest for herself,
   where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
   my King and my God. 
Happy are those who live in your house,
   ever singing your praise.

Happy are those whose strength is in you,
   in whose heart are the highways to Zion.* 
As they go through the valley of Baca
   they make it a place of springs;
   the early rain also covers it with pools. 
They go from strength to strength;
   the God of gods will be seen in Zion. 

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
   give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
   look on the face of your anointed. 

For a day in your courts is better
   than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
   than live in the tents of wickedness. 
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
   he bestows favour and honour.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
   from those who walk uprightly. 
O Lord of hosts,
   happy is everyone who trusts in you.

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