Saturday 22 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 22 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 15:9-20

Praise is unseemly on the lips of a sinner,
   for it has not been sent from the Lord. 
For in wisdom must praise be uttered,
   and the Lord will make it prosper. 

Do not say, ‘It was the Lord’s doing that I fell away’;
   for he does not do* what he hates. 
Do not say, ‘It was he who led me astray’;
   for he has no need of the sinful. 
The Lord hates all abominations;
   such things are not loved by those who fear him. 
It was he who created humankind in the beginning,
   and he left them in the power of their own free choice. 
If you choose, you can keep the commandments,
   and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. 
He has placed before you fire and water;
   stretch out your hand for whichever you choose. 
Before each person are life and death,
   and whichever one chooses will be given. 
For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
   he is mighty in power and sees everything; 
his eyes are on those who fear him,
   and he knows every human action. 
He has not commanded anyone to be wicked,
   and he has not given anyone permission to sin.
Revelation 10:1-11

And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a
cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and
his legs like pillars of fire. He held a little scroll open in his
hand. Setting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,
he gave a great shout, like a lion roaring. And when he shouted, the
seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was
about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Seal up
what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.’ Then
the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and the land
raised his right hand to heaven 
   and swore by him who lives for ever and ever,
who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and
the sea and what is in it: ‘There will be no more delay, but in the
days when the seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God
will be fulfilled, as he announced to his servants* the prophets.’

 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again,
saying, ‘Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel
who is standing on the sea and on the land.’ So I went to the angel
and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take
it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in
your mouth.’ So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel
and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten
it, my stomach was made bitter.

 Then they said to me, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples
and nations and languages and kings.’
Luke 11:1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of
his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught
his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father,* hallowed be your name.
   Your kingdom come.* 
   Give us each day our daily bread.* 
   And forgive us our sins,
     for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
   And do not bring us to the time of trial.’*
 And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go
to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of
bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set
before him.” And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the
door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I
cannot get up and give you anything.” I tell you, even though he
will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at
least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever
he needs.

 ‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and
you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For
everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for
everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among
you who, if your child asks for* a fish, will give a snake instead of
a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you
then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how
much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit* to those who
ask him!’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 30, 32

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me. 
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.* 

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name. 
For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning. 

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   ‘I shall never be moved.’ 
By your favour, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed. 

To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication: 
‘What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness? 
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!’ 

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy, 
so that my soul* may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.

Psalm 32

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered. 
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
   through my groaning all day long. 
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
   my strength was dried up* as by the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
   and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’,
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all who are faithful
   offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress,* the rush of mighty waters
   shall not reach them. 
You are a hiding-place for me;
   you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
   I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
   whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
   else it will not stay near you. 

Many are the torments of the wicked,
   but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
   and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 42, 43

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God. 
My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God? 
My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,*
   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival. 
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God. 

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar. 
Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me. 
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life. 

I say to God, my rock,
   ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?’ 
As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
   against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
   deliver me! 
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because of the oppression of the enemy? 

O send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
   and to your dwelling. 
Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
   O God, my God. 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

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