Sunday 30 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 30 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 36:1-17

Have mercy upon us, O God* of all, 
   and put all the nations in fear of you. 
Lift up your hand against foreign nations
   and let them see your might. 
As you have used us to show your holiness to them,
   so use them to show your glory to us. 
Then they will know,* as we have known,
   that there is no God but you, O Lord. 
Give new signs, and work other wonders; 
   make your hand and right arm glorious. 
Rouse your anger and pour out your wrath; 
   destroy the adversary and wipe out the enemy. 
Hasten the day, and remember the appointed time,*
   and let people recount your mighty deeds. 
Let survivors be consumed in the fiery wrath,
   and may those who harm your people meet destruction. 
Crush the heads of hostile rulers
   who say, ‘There is no one but ourselves.’ 
Gather all the tribes of Jacob,* 
   and give them their inheritance, as at the beginning. 
Have mercy, O Lord, on the people called by your name,
   on Israel, whom you have named* your firstborn,
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God
has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third
teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of
assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all
apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do
all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all
interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a
still more excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic
powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have
all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body
so that I may boast,* but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but
rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things.

 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as
for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an
end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when
the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a
child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a
child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now
we see in a mirror, dimly,* but then we will see face to face. Now I
know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully
known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the
greatest of these is love.
Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the
church* sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven
times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you,
seventy-seven* times.
 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king
who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the
reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents* was brought to him;
and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together
with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be
made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have
patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity
for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.
But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his
fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;* and seizing him by the
throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” Then his fellow-slave fell
down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay
you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until
he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened,
they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord
all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him,
“You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded
with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had
mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured
until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also
do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister*
from your heart.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 24, 29

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it; 
for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers. 

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place? 
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully. 
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.*

Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle. 
Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,*
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
   worship the Lord in holy splendour. 

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the Lord, over mighty waters. 
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
   the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,*
   and strips the forest bare;
   and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’ 

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever. 
May the Lord give strength to his people!
   May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 8, 84

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

You have set your glory above the heavens. 
   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger. 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established; 
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals* that you care for them? 

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,*
   and crowned them with glory and honour. 
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet, 
all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field, 
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
   O Lord of hosts! 
My soul longs, indeed it faints
   for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
   to the living God. 

Even the sparrow finds a home,
   and the swallow a nest for herself,
   where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
   my King and my God. 
Happy are those who live in your house,
   ever singing your praise.

Happy are those whose strength is in you,
   in whose heart are the highways to Zion.* 
As they go through the valley of Baca
   they make it a place of springs;
   the early rain also covers it with pools. 
They go from strength to strength;
   the God of gods will be seen in Zion. 

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
   give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
   look on the face of your anointed. 

For a day in your courts is better
   than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
   than live in the tents of wickedness. 
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
   he bestows favour and honour.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
   from those who walk uprightly. 
O Lord of hosts,
   happy is everyone who trusts in you.

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