Tuesday 31 May 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 31 May 2022

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1 Samuel 16:1-13a

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have
rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and
set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have
provided for myself a king among his sons.’ Samuel said, ‘How can
I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said,
‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the
Lord.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you
shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’
Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders
of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come
peaceably?’ He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the
Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he
sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the
Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’* But the Lord said to
Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his
stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as
mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks
on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before
Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then
Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord
chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel,
and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’
Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said,
‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And
Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down
until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy,
and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and
anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil,
and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of
the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then
set out and went to Ramah.
Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,* from whom every
family* in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according
to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened
in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may
dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and
grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend,
with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and
depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish
abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in
the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever.
Matthew 8:18-27

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over
to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I
will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes
have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has
nowhere to lay his head.’ Another of his disciples said to him,
‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him,
‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’
 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale
arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the
waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying,
‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are
you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the
winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed,
saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea
obey him?’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 97, 99, 100

Psalm 97

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad! 
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him,
   and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
His lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
   before the Lord of all the earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
   and all the peoples behold his glory. 
All worshippers of images are put to shame,
   those who make their boast in worthless idols;
   all gods bow down before him. 
Zion hears and is glad,
   and the towns* of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgements, O God. 
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods. 

The Lord loves those who hate* evil;
   he guards the lives of his faithful;
   he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
Light dawns* for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
   He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 
The Lord is great in Zion;
   he is exalted over all the peoples. 
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
   Holy is he! 
Mighty King,* lover of justice,
   you have established equity;
you have executed justice
   and righteousness in Jacob. 
Extol the Lord our God;
   worship at his footstool.
   Holy is he! 

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
   They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. 
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
   they kept his decrees,
   and the statutes that he gave them. 

O Lord our God, you answered them;
   you were a forgiving God to them,
   but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 
Extol the Lord our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 
   Worship the Lord with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing. 

Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;*
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name. 

For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 94, 95

Psalm 94

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
   you God of vengeance, shine forth! 
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
   give to the proud what they deserve! 
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked exult? 

They pour out their arrogant words;
   all the evildoers boast. 
They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage. 
They kill the widow and the stranger,
   they murder the orphan, 
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
   the God of Jacob does not perceive.’ 

Understand, O dullest of the people;
   fools, when will you be wise? 
He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see? 
He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
   does he not chastise? 
The Lord knows our thoughts,*
   that they are but an empty breath. 

Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
   and whom you teach out of your law, 
giving them respite from days of trouble,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked. 
For the Lord will not forsake his people;
   he will not abandon his heritage; 
for justice will return to the righteous,
   and all the upright in heart will follow it. 

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
   Who stands up for me against evildoers? 
If the Lord had not been my help,
   my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 
When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
   your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. 
When the cares of my heart are many,
   your consolations cheer my soul. 
Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
   those who contrive mischief by statute? 
They band together against the life of the righteous,
   and condemn the innocent to death. 
But the Lord has become my stronghold,
   and my God the rock of my refuge. 
He will repay them for their iniquity
   and wipe them out for their wickedness;
   the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

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