Saturday 3 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 3 June 2023 

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Deuteronomy 5:22-33

These words the Lord spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at
the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and
he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to
me. When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain
was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes
and your elders; and you said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us
his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire.
Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may
still live. So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume
us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we shall die.
For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living
God speaking out of fire, as we have, and remained alive? Go near, you
yourself, and hear all that the Lord our God will say. Then tell us
everything that the Lord our God tells you, and we will listen and do
The Lord heard your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to
me: ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken
to you; they are right in all that they have spoken. If only they had
such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments
always, so that it might go well with them and with their children for
ever! Go, say to them, “Return to your tents.” But you, stand here
by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the
ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the
land that I am giving them to possess.’ You must therefore be
careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not
turn to the right or to the left. You must follow exactly the path
that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and
that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land
that you are to possess.
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance
with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe,
and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord
Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into
his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it
extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the
glory of God. 
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight
momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory
beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at
what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what
cannot be seen is eternal. 
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have
a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our
heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not
be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under
our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further
clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who
has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the
Spirit as a guarantee. 
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at
home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith,
not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away
from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or
away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear
before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive
recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
Luke 16:19-31

‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and
who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man
named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger
with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come
and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the
angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In
Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far
away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have
mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham
said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your
good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is
comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you
and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to
pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to
us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my
father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them,
so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham
replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to
them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them
from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not
listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even
if someone rises from the dead.” ’
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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