Saturday 1 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 1 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 9:15-10:1

Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel:
‘Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of
Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel.
He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have
seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to
me.’ When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, ‘Here is the man of
whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people.’ Then
Saul approached Samuel inside the gate, and said, ‘Tell me, please,
where is the house of the seer?’ Samuel answered Saul, ‘I am the
seer; go up before me to the shrine, for today you shall eat with me,
and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on
your mind. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, give no
further thought to them, for they have been found. And on whom is all
Israel’s desire fixed, if not on you and on all your ancestral
house?’ Saul answered, ‘I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of
the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the
families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in
this way?’ 
Then Samuel took Saul and his servant-boy and brought them into the
hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited,
of whom there were about thirty. And Samuel said to the cook, ‘Bring
the portion I gave you, the one I asked you to put aside.’ The cook
took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul.
Samuel said, ‘See, what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is
set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the
So Saul ate with Samuel that day. When they came down from the shrine
into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down
to sleep. Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul upon the
roof, ‘Get up, so that I may send you on your way.’ Saul got up,
and both he and Samuel went out into the street. 
As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to
Saul, ‘Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on,
stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word
of God.’ 
Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him;
he said, ‘The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel.
You shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them
from the hand of their enemies all around. Now this shall be the sign
to you that the Lord has anointed you ruler over his heritage:
Acts 7:30-43

‘Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the
wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses
saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look,
there came the voice of the Lord: “I am the God of your ancestors,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses began to tremble and
did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, “Take off the
sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy
ground. I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in
Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue
them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.” 
‘It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, “Who made
you a ruler and a judge?” and whom God now sent as both ruler and
liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led
them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea,
and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to
the Israelites, “God will raise up a prophet for you from your own
people as he raised me up.” He is the one who was in the
congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at
Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to
give to us. Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they
pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,
saying to Aaron, “Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as
for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know
what has happened to him.” At that time they made a calf, offered a
sacrifice to the idol, and revelled in the works of their hands. But
God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of
heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:
“Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices
   for forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 
No; you took along the tent of Moloch,
   and the star of your god Rephan,
     the images that you made to worship;
so I will remove you beyond Babylon.”
Luke 22:39-51

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and
the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to
them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ Then he
withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,
‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my
will but yours be done.’ [[ Then an angel from heaven appeared to
him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly,
and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the
ground.]] When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and
found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, ‘Why are
you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called
Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to
kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you
are betraying the Son of Man?’ When those who were around him saw
what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the
sword?’ Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut
off his right ear.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-13

Psalm 107:33-43

He turns rivers into a desert,
   springs of water into thirsty ground, 
a fruitful land into a salty waste,
   because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. 
He turns a desert into pools of water,
   a parched land into springs of water. 
And there he lets the hungry live,
   and they establish a town to live in; 
they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
   and get a fruitful yield. 
By his blessing they multiply greatly,
   and he does not let their cattle decrease. 

When they are diminished and brought low
   through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, 
he pours contempt on princes
   and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 
but he raises up the needy out of distress,
   and makes their families like flocks. 
The upright see it and are glad;
   and all wickedness stops its mouth. 
Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
   and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 108:1-13

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
   I will sing and make melody.
   Awake, my soul! 
Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn. 
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
   and I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
   and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and let your glory be over all the earth. 
Give victory with your right hand, and answer me,
   so that those whom you love may be rescued. 

God has promised in his sanctuary:
   ‘With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
   and portion out the Vale of Succoth. 
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
   Ephraim is my helmet;
   Judah is my sceptre. 
Moab is my wash-basin;
   on Edom I hurl my shoe;
   over Philistia I shout in triumph.’ 

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
   Who will lead me to Edom? 
Have you not rejected us, O God?
   You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 
O grant us help against the foe,
   for human help is worthless. 
With God we shall do valiantly;
   it is he who will tread down our foes.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 33

Psalm 33

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright. 
Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 
Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 

For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness. 
He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth. 
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses. 

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 
For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm. 

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 
The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
   the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 
Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
   the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. 

The Lord looks down from heaven;
   he sees all humankind. 
>From where he sits enthroned he watches
   all the inhabitants of the earth— 
he who fashions the hearts of them all,
   and observes all their deeds. 
A king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 
The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
   and by its great might it cannot save. 

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
   on those who hope in his steadfast love, 
to deliver their soul from death,
   and to keep them alive in famine. 

Our soul waits for the Lord;
   he is our help and shield. 
Our heart is glad in him,
   because we trust in his holy name. 
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

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