Thursday 24 November 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 24 November 2022  

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Zechariah 13:1-9

On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
 On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will cut off the names of the
idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and
also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit.
And if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore
them will say to them, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in
the name of the Lord’; and their fathers and their mothers who bore
them shall pierce them through when they prophesy. On that day the
prophets will be ashamed, every one, of their visions when they
prophesy; they will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but
each of them will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil;
for the land has been my possession* since my youth.’ And if anyone
asks them, ‘What are these wounds on your chest?’* the answer will
be ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’ 

‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
   against the man who is my associate,’

says the Lord of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
   I will turn my hand against the little ones. 
In the whole land, says the Lord,
   two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
   and one-third shall be left alive. 
And I will put this third into the fire,
   refine them as one refines silver,
   and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
   and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
   and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’

Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love* towards
all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for
you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and
revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your
heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has
called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the
saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who
believe, according to the working of his great power. God* put this
power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated
him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and
authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all
things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for
the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in
Luke 19:11-27

As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because
he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of
God was to appear immediately. So he said, ‘A nobleman went to a
distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He
summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds,* and said to
them, “Do business with these until I come back.” But the citizens
of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying,
“We do not want this man to rule over us.” When he returned,
having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had
given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they
had gained by trading. The first came forward and said, “Lord, your
pound has made ten more pounds.” He said to him, “Well done, good
slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take
charge of ten cities.” Then the second came, saying, “Lord, your
pound has made five pounds.” He said to him, “And you, rule over
five cities.” Then the other came, saying, “Lord, here is your
pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, for I was afraid of you,
because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and
reap what you did not sow.” He said to him, “I will judge you by
your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a
harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not
sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I
returned, I could have collected it with interest.” He said to the
bystanders, “Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has
ten pounds.” (And they said to him, “Lord, he has ten pounds!”)
“I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from
those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But as
for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over
them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.” ’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 131, 132, 133

Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvellous for me. 
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.* 

O Israel, hope in the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.

Psalm 132

O Lord, remember in David’s favour
   all the hardships he endured; 
how he swore to the Lord
   and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, 
‘I will not enter my house
   or get into my bed; 
I will not give sleep to my eyes
   or slumber to my eyelids, 
until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’ 

We heard of it in Ephrathah;
   we found it in the fields of Jaar. 
‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
   let us worship at his footstool.’ 

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
   you and the ark of your might. 
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
   and let your faithful shout for joy. 
For your servant David’s sake
   do not turn away the face of your anointed one. 

The Lord swore to David a sure oath
   from which he will not turn back:
‘One of the sons of your body
   I will set on your throne. 
If your sons keep my covenant
   and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, for evermore,
   shall sit on your throne.’ 

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
   he has desired it for his habitation: 
‘This is my resting-place for ever;
   here I will reside, for I have desired it. 
I will abundantly bless its provisions;
   I will satisfy its poor with bread. 
Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
   and its faithful will shout for joy. 
There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
   I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one. 
His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
   but on him, his crown will gleam.’

Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity! 
It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes. 
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 134, 135

Psalm 134

Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
   who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 
Lift up your hands to the holy place,
   and bless the Lord. 

May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,
   bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!
   Praise the name of the Lord;
   give praise, O servants of the Lord, 
you that stand in the house of the Lord,
   in the courts of the house of our God. 
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
   sing to his name, for he is gracious. 
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
   Israel as his own possession. 

For I know that the Lord is great;
   our Lord is above all gods. 
Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
   in heaven and on earth,
   in the seas and all deeps. 
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
   he makes lightnings for the rain
   and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
   both human beings and animals; 
he sent signs and wonders
   into your midst, O Egypt,
   against Pharaoh and all his servants. 
He struck down many nations
   and killed mighty kings— 
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   and Og, king of Bashan,
   and all the kingdoms of Canaan— 
and gave their land as a heritage,
   a heritage to his people Israel. 

Your name, O Lord, endures for ever,
   your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages. 
For the Lord will vindicate his people,
   and have compassion on his servants. 

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
   they have eyes, but they do not see; 
they have ears, but they do not hear,
   and there is no breath in their mouths. 
Those who make them
   and all who trust them
   shall become like them. 

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
   O house of Aaron, bless the Lord! 
O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
   You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord! 
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
   he who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

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