Thursday 13 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 13 October 2022  

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Jonah 3:1-4:11

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, ‘Get up,
go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I
tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the
word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three
days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s
walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be
overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed
a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne,
removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: ‘By the decree of the
king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall
taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human
beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry
mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the
violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change
his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not

 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways,
God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would
bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed
to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was
still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the
beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow
to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from
punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is
better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Is it
right for you to be angry?’ Then Jonah went out of the city and sat
down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat
under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

 The Lord God appointed a bush,* and made it come up over Jonah, to
give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah
was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God
appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the
sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on
the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He
said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.’
 But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the
bush?’ And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.’ Then the Lord
said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not
labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and
perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that
great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand
people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many
Acts 27:27-44

When the fourteenth night had come, as we were drifting across the sea
of Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing
land. So they took soundings and found twenty fathoms; a little
farther on they took soundings again and found fifteen fathoms.
Fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors
from the stern and prayed for day to come. But when the sailors tried
to escape from the ship and had lowered the boat into the sea, on the
pretext of putting out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the
centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay in the ship, you
cannot be saved.’ Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat
and set it adrift.

 Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food,
saying, ‘Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense
and remaining without food, having eaten nothing. Therefore I urge you
to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will
lose a hair from your heads.’ After he had said this, he took bread;
and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began
to eat. Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves.
(We were in all two hundred and seventy-six* persons in the ship.)
After they had satisfied their hunger, they lightened the ship by
throwing the wheat into the sea.
 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a
bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if
they could. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At
the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars;
then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. But
striking a reef,* they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and
remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of
the waves. The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that
none might swim away and escape; but the centurion, wishing to save
Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who
could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest
to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it
was that all were brought safely to land.
Luke 9:18-27

Once when Jesus* was praying alone, with only the disciples near him,
he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered,
‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of
the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you
say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah* of God.’
 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying,
‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the
elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third
day be raised.’

 Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let
them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For
those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose
their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they
gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are
ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed
when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy
angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will
not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 18:1-20

Psalm 18:1-20

I love you, O Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
   so I shall be saved from my enemies. 

The cords of death encompassed me;
   the torrents of perdition assailed me; 
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
   the snares of death confronted me. 

In my distress I called upon the Lord;
   to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry to him reached his ears. 

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
   the foundations also of the mountains trembled
   and quaked, because he was angry. 
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
   and devouring fire from his mouth;
   glowing coals flamed forth from him. 
He bowed the heavens, and came down;
   thick darkness was under his feet. 
He rode on a cherub, and flew;
   he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind. 
He made darkness his covering around him,
   his canopy thick clouds dark with water. 
Out of the brightness before him
   there broke through his clouds
   hailstones and coals of fire. 
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
   and the Most High uttered his voice.* 
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
   he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them. 
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
   and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
   at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 

He reached down from on high, he took me;
   he drew me out of mighty waters. 
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
   and from those who hated me;
   for they were too mighty for me. 
They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
   but the Lord was my support. 
He brought me out into a broad place;
   he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 18:21-50

Psalm 18:21-50

For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
   and have not wickedly departed from my God. 
For all his ordinances were before me,
   and his statutes I did not put away from me. 
I was blameless before him,
   and I kept myself from guilt. 
Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 

With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
   with the blameless you show yourself blameless; 
with the pure you show yourself pure;
   and with the crooked you show yourself perverse. 
For you deliver a humble people,
   but the haughty eyes you bring down. 
It is you who light my lamp;
   the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. 
By you I can crush a troop,
   and by my God I can leap over a wall. 
This God—his way is perfect;
   the promise of the Lord proves true;
   he is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 

For who is God except the Lord?
   And who is a rock besides our God?— 
the God who girded me with strength,
   and made my way safe. 
He made my feet like the feet of a deer,
   and set me secure on the heights. 
He trains my hands for war,
   so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
   and your right hand has supported me;
   your help* has made me great. 
You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
   and my feet did not slip. 
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
   and did not turn back until they were consumed. 
I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
   they fell under my feet. 
For you girded me with strength for the battle;
   you made my assailants sink under me. 
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
   and those who hated me I destroyed. 
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
   they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 
I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
   I cast them out like the mire of the streets. 

You delivered me from strife with the peoples;*
   you made me head of the nations;
   people whom I had not known served me. 
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
   foreigners came cringing to me. 
Foreigners lost heart,
   and came trembling out of their strongholds. 

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
   and exalted be the God of my salvation, 
the God who gave me vengeance
   and subdued peoples under me; 
who delivered me from my enemies;
   indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
   you delivered me from the violent. 

For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
   and sing praises to your name. 
Great triumphs he gives to his king,
   and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
   to David and his descendants for ever.

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