Monday 19 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 19 June 2023 

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1 Samuel 1:1-20

There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country
of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of
Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; the name of one was
Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but
Hannah had no children. 
Now this man used to go up year by year from his town to worship and
to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of
Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. On the day when
Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to
all her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion,
because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Her rival
used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had
closed her womb. So it went on year after year; as often as she went
up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah
wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Hannah,
why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not
more to you than ten sons?’ 
After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented
herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat
beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply
distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. She made this
vow: ‘O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your
servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give
to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a
nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor
intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.’ 
As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.
Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was
not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her,
‘How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away
your wine.’ But Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply
troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been
pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a
worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and
vexation all this time.’ Then Eli answered, ‘Go in peace; the God
of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.’ And she said,
‘Let your servant find favour in your sight.’ Then the woman went
to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance
was sad no longer. 
They rose early in the morning and worshipped before the Lord; then
they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah,
and the Lord remembered her. In due time Hannah conceived and bore a
son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of the
Acts 1:1-14

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and
taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to
heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the
apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself
alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the
course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While
staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait
there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what
you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be
baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ 
So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the
time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It
is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by
his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has
come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this,
as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of
their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards
heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said,
‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This
Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the
same way as you saw him go into heaven.’ 
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is
near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered
the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying,
Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew
and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas
son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer,
together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as
well as his brothers.
Luke 20:9-19

He began to tell the people this parable: ‘A man planted a vineyard,
and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time.
When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that
they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the
tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Next he sent another
slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away
empty-handed. And he sent yet a third; this one also they wounded and
threw out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I
will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.” But when
the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said,
“This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be
ours.” So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What
then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and
destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.’ When they
heard this, they said, ‘Heaven forbid!’ But he looked at them and
said, ‘What then does this text mean:
“The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone”? 
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will
crush anyone on whom it falls.’ When the scribes and chief priests
realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to
lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 80

Psalm 80

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
   you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 
   before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
   and come to save us! 

Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved. 

O Lord God of hosts,
   how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
   and given them tears to drink in full measure. 
You make us the scorn of our neighbours;
   our enemies laugh among themselves. 

Restore us, O God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved. 

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it. 
You cleared the ground for it;
   it took deep root and filled the land. 
The mountains were covered with its shade,
   the mighty cedars with its branches; 
it sent out its branches to the sea,
   and its shoots to the River. 
Why then have you broken down its walls,
   so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 
The boar from the forest ravages it,
   and all that move in the field feed on it. 

Turn again, O God of hosts;
   look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine, 
   the stock that your right hand planted. 
They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;
   may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
   the one whom you made strong for yourself. 
Then we will never turn back from you;
   give us life, and we will call on your name. 

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 77, 79

Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God,
   aloud to God, that he may hear me. 
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
   in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
   my soul refuses to be comforted. 
I think of God, and I moan;
   I meditate, and my spirit faints.

You keep my eyelids from closing;
   I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 
I consider the days of old,
   and remember the years of long ago. 
I commune with my heart in the night;
   I meditate and search my spirit: 
‘Will the Lord spurn for ever,
   and never again be favourable? 
Has his steadfast love ceased for ever?
   Are his promises at an end for all time? 
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
   Has he in anger shut up his compassion?’
And I say, ‘It is my grief
   that the right hand of the Most High has changed.’ 

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
   I will remember your wonders of old. 
I will meditate on all your work,
   and muse on your mighty deeds. 
Your way, O God, is holy.
   What god is so great as our God? 
You are the God who works wonders;
   you have displayed your might among the peoples. 
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

When the waters saw you, O God,
   when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
   the very deep trembled. 
The clouds poured out water;
   the skies thundered;
   your arrows flashed on every side. 
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
   your lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth trembled and shook. 
Your way was through the sea,
   your path, through the mighty waters;
   yet your footprints were unseen. 
You led your people like a flock
   by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 79

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
   they have defiled your holy temple;
   they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 
They have given the bodies of your servants
   to the birds of the air for food,
   the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth. 
They have poured out their blood like water
   all around Jerusalem,
   and there was no one to bury them. 
We have become a taunt to our neighbours,
   mocked and derided by those around us. 

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever?
   Will your jealous wrath burn like fire? 
Pour out your anger on the nations
   that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
   that do not call on your name. 
For they have devoured Jacob
   and laid waste his habitation. 

Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
   let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
   for we are brought very low. 
Help us, O God of our salvation,
   for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
   for your name’s sake. 
Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is their God?’
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
   be known among the nations before our eyes. 

Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
   according to your great power preserve those doomed to die. 
Return sevenfold into the bosom of our neighbours
   the taunts with which they taunted you, O Lord! 
Then we your people, the flock of your pasture,
   will give thanks to you for ever;
   from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

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