Friday 30 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 30 June 2023

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1 Samuel 9:1-14

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of
Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.
He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not
a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head
and shoulders above everyone else. 
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed. So Kish said to
his son Saul, ‘Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the
donkeys.’ He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed
through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they
passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he
passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them. 
When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with
him, ‘Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the
donkeys and worry about us.’ But he said to him, ‘There is a man
of God in this town; he is a man held in honour. Whatever he says
always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about
the journey on which we have set out.’ Then Saul replied to the boy,
‘But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks
is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have
we?’ The boy answered Saul again, ‘Here, I have with me a
quarter-shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us
our way.’ (Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God
would say, ‘Come, let us go to the seer’; for the one who is now
called a prophet was formerly called a seer.) Saul said to the boy,
‘Good; come, let us go.’ So they went to the town where the man of
God was. 
As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out
to draw water, and said to them, ‘Is the seer here?’ They
answered, ‘Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come
just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the
shrine. As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he
goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he
comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterwards those eat who are
invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately.’ So they went
up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming
out towards them on his way up to the shrine.
Acts 7:17-29

‘But as the time drew near for the fulfilment of the promise that
God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased and multiplied
until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt. He dealt
craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their
infants so that they would die. At this time Moses was born, and he
was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up in his
father’s house; and when he was abandoned, Pharaoh’s daughter
adopted him and brought him up as her own son. So Moses was instructed
in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and
‘When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his
relatives, the Israelites. When he saw one of them being wronged, he
defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the
Egyptian. He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God
through him was rescuing them, but they did not understand. The next
day he came to some of them as they were quarrelling and tried to
reconcile them, saying, “Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong
each other?” But the man who was wronging his neighbour pushed Moses
aside, saying, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you
want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?” When he heard
this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian.
There he became the father of two sons.
Luke 22:31-38

‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like
wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and
you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ And
he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to
death!’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow
this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.’ 
He said to them, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or
sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘No, not a thing.’
He said to them, ‘But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and
likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and
buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me,
“And he was counted among the lawless”; and indeed what is written
about me is being fulfilled.’ They said, ‘Lord, look, here are two
swords.’ He replied, ‘It is enough.’

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 102

Psalm 102

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   let my cry come to you. 
Do not hide your face from me
   on the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
   answer me speedily on the day when I call. 

For my days pass away like smoke,
   and my bones burn like a furnace. 
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
   I am too wasted to eat my bread. 
Because of my loud groaning
   my bones cling to my skin. 
I am like an owl of the wilderness,
   like a little owl of the waste places. 
I lie awake;
   I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. 
All day long my enemies taunt me;
   those who deride me use my name for a curse. 
For I eat ashes like bread,
   and mingle tears with my drink, 
because of your indignation and anger;
   for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. 
My days are like an evening shadow;
   I wither away like grass. 

But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
   your name endures to all generations. 
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
   for it is time to favour it;
   the appointed time has come. 
For your servants hold its stones dear,
   and have pity on its dust. 
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory. 
For the Lord will build up Zion;
   he will appear in his glory. 
He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
   and will not despise their prayer. 

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
   so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord: 
that he looked down from his holy height,
   from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, 
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
   to set free those who were doomed to die; 
so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
   and his praise in Jerusalem, 
when peoples gather together,
   and kingdoms, to worship the Lord. 

He has broken my strength in mid-course;
   he has shortened my days. 
‘O my God,’ I say, ‘do not take me away
   at the mid-point of my life,
you whose years endure
   throughout all generations.’ 

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands. 
They will perish, but you endure;
   they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away; 
   but you are the same, and your years have no end. 
The children of your servants shall live secure;
   their offspring shall be established in your presence.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 107:1-32

Psalm 107:1-32

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
   those he redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south. 

Some wandered in desert wastes,
   finding no way to an inhabited town; 
hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted within them. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress; 
he led them by a straight way,
   until they reached an inhabited town. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he satisfies the thirsty,
   and the hungry he fills with good things. 

Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
   prisoners in misery and in irons, 
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
   and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 
Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
   they fell down, with no one to help. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
   and broke their bonds asunder. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he shatters the doors of bronze,
   and cuts in two the bars of iron. 

Some were sick through their sinful ways,
   and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 
they loathed any kind of food,
   and they drew near to the gates of death. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he sent out his word and healed them,
   and delivered them from destruction. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
   and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 

Some went down to the sea in ships,
   doing business on the mighty waters; 
they saw the deeds of the Lord,
   his wondrous works in the deep. 
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
   which lifted up the waves of the sea. 
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
   their courage melted away in their calamity; 
they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
   and were at their wits’ end. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he brought them out from their distress; 
he made the storm be still,
   and the waves of the sea were hushed. 
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
   and he brought them to their desired haven. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
   and praise him in the assembly of the elders. 

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