Sunday 25 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 25 June 2023 

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1 Samuel 4:12-22

A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line, and came to Shiloh the
same day, with his clothes torn and with earth upon his head. When he
arrived, Eli was sitting upon his seat by the road watching, for his
heart trembled for the ark of God. When the man came into the city and
told the news, all the city cried out. When Eli heard the sound of the
outcry, he said, ‘What is this uproar?’ Then the man came quickly
and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were
set, so that he could not see. The man said to Eli, ‘I have just
come from the battle; I fled from the battle today.’ He said, ‘How
did it go, my son?’ The messenger replied, ‘Israel has fled before
the Philistines, and there has also been a great slaughter among the
troops; your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark
of God has been captured.’ When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli
fell over backwards from his seat by the side of the gate; and his
neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and heavy. He had
judged Israel for forty years. 
Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to
give birth. When she heard the news that the ark of God was captured,
and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and
gave birth; for her labour pains overwhelmed her. As she was about to
die, the women attending her said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, for you
have borne a son.’ But she did not answer or give heed. She named
the child Ichabod, meaning, ‘The glory has departed from Israel’,
because the ark of God had been captured and because of her
father-in-law and her husband. She said, ‘The glory has departed
from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.’
James 1:1-18

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind,
consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your
faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so
that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. 
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all
generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in
faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the
sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being
double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive
anything from the Lord. 
Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich
in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in
the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the
field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with
the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away. 
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the
test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to
those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being
tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself
tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured
and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives
birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to
death. Do not be deceived, my beloved. 
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation
or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us
birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first
fruits of his creatures.
Matthew 19:23-30

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it will be hard
for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it
is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ When the disciples
heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ‘Then who can be
saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is
impossible, but for God all things are possible.’ 
Then Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and
followed you. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly
I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is
seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also
sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And
everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or
mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 66, 67

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, has blessed us. 
May God continue to bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth revere him.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 19, 46

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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