Wednesday 12 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 12 October 2022  

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Jonah 1:17-2:10

But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was
in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,
‘I called to the Lord out of my distress,
   and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
   and you heard my voice. 
You cast me into the deep,
   into the heart of the seas,
   and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
   passed over me. 
Then I said, “I am driven away
   from your sight;
how* shall I look again
   upon your holy temple?” 
The waters closed in over me;
   the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head 
   at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
   whose bars closed upon me for ever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
   O Lord my God. 
As my life was ebbing away,
   I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
   into your holy temple. 
Those who worship vain idols
   forsake their true loyalty. 
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
   will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
   Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’ 
Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry
Acts 27:9-26

Since much time had been lost and sailing was now dangerous, because
even the Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them, saying, ‘Sirs,
I can see that the voyage will be with danger and much heavy loss, not
only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.’ But the
centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the
ship than to what Paul said. Since the harbour was not suitable for
spending the winter, the majority was in favour of putting to sea from
there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, where they
could spend the winter. It was a harbour of Crete, facing south-west
and north-west.
 When a moderate south wind began to blow, they thought they could
achieve their purpose; so they weighed anchor and began to sail past
Crete, close to the shore. But soon a violent wind, called the
northeaster, rushed down from Crete.* Since the ship was caught and
could not be turned with its head to the wind, we gave way to it and
were driven. By running under the lee of a small island called Cauda*
we were scarcely able to get the ship’s boat under control. After
hoisting it up they took measures* to undergird the ship; then,
fearing that they would run on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea-anchor
and so were driven. We were being pounded by the storm so violently
that on the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard, and on
the third day with their own hands they threw the ship’s tackle
overboard. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no
small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last

 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up
among them and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me and not
have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. I
urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of
life among you, but only of the ship. For last night there stood by me
an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said,
“Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and
indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with
you.” So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it
will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground
on some island.’
Luke 9:1-17

Then Jesus* called the twelve together and gave them power and
authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out
to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take
nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor
money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there,
and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are
leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against
them.’ They departed and went through the villages, bringing the
good news and curing diseases everywhere.
 Now Herod the ruler* heard about all that had taken place, and he
was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised
from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that
one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, ‘John I
beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?’ And he
tried to see him.
 On their return the apostles told Jesus* all they had done. He took
them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. When
the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed
them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who
needed to be cured.

 The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said,
‘Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding
villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here
in a deserted place.’ But he said to them, ‘You give them
something to eat.’ They said, ‘We have no more than five loaves
and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these
people.’ For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his
disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’
They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and
the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and
gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and
were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of
broken pieces.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:1-24

Psalm 119:1-24

Happy are those whose way is blameless,
   who walk in the law of the Lord. 
Happy are those who keep his decrees,
   who seek him with their whole heart, 
who also do no wrong,
   but walk in his ways. 
You have commanded your precepts
   to be kept diligently. 
O that my ways may be steadfast
   in keeping your statutes! 
Then I shall not be put to shame,
   having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 
I will praise you with an upright heart,
   when I learn your righteous ordinances. 
I will observe your statutes;
   do not utterly forsake me. 

How can young people keep their way pure?
   By guarding it according to your word. 
With my whole heart I seek you;
   do not let me stray from your commandments. 
I treasure your word in my heart,
   so that I may not sin against you. 
Blessed are you, O Lord;
   teach me your statutes. 
With my lips I declare
   all the ordinances of your mouth. 
I delight in the way of your decrees
   as much as in all riches. 
I will meditate on your precepts,
   and fix my eyes on your ways. 
I will delight in your statutes;
   I will not forget your word. 

Deal bountifully with your servant,
   so that I may live and observe your word. 
Open my eyes, so that I may behold
   wondrous things out of your law. 
I live as an alien in the land;
   do not hide your commandments from me. 
My soul is consumed with longing
   for your ordinances at all times. 
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
   who wander from your commandments; 
take away from me their scorn and contempt,
   for I have kept your decrees. 
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
   your servant will meditate on your statutes. 
Your decrees are my delight,
   they are my counsellors.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 12, 13, 14

Psalm 12

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
   the faithful have disappeared from humankind. 
They utter lies to each other;
   with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
   the tongue that makes great boasts, 
those who say, ‘With our tongues we will prevail;
   our lips are our own—who is our master?’ 

‘Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
   I will now rise up,’ says the Lord;
   ‘I will place them in the safety for which they long.’ 
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
   silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
   purified seven times. 

You, O Lord, will protect us;
   you will guard us from this generation for ever. 
On every side the wicked prowl,
   as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
   How long will you hide your face from me? 
How long must I bear pain* in my soul,
   and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 
and my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed’;
   my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
   my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 
I will sing to the Lord,
   because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
   there is no one who does good. 

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God. 

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one. 

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon the Lord? 

There they shall be in great terror,
   for God is with the company of the righteous. 
You would confound the plans of the poor,
   but the Lord is their refuge. 

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

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