Sunday 3 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 3 September 2023

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1 Kings 8:22-40

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all
the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He said,
‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or
on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your
servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant that
you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you
promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand.
Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father
David that which you promised him, saying, “There shall never fail
you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your
children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked
before me.” Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed,
which you promised to your servant my father David.

 ‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the
highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have
built! Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my
God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you
today; that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house,
the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you
may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place. Hear
the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray
towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and

 ‘If someone sins against a neighbour and is given an oath to
swear, and comes and swears before your altar in this house, then hear
in heaven, and act, and judge your servants, condemning the guilty by
bringing their conduct on their own head, and vindicating the
righteous by rewarding them according to their righteousness.

 ‘When your people Israel, having sinned against you, are defeated
before an enemy but turn again to you, confess your name, pray, and
plead with you in this house, then hear in heaven, forgive the sin of
your people Israel, and bring them again to the land that you gave to
their ancestors.

 ‘When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have
sinned against you, and then they pray towards this place, confess
your name, and turn from their sin, because you punish* them, then
hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people
Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk;
and grant rain on your land, which you have given to your people as an

 ‘If there is famine in the land, if there is plague, blight,
mildew, locust, or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in any*
of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; whatever
prayer, whatever plea there is from any individual or from all your
people Israel, all knowing the afflictions of their own hearts so that
they stretch out their hands towards this house; then hear in heaven
your dwelling-place, forgive, act, and render to all whose hearts you
know—according to all their ways, for only you know what is in every
human heart— so that they may fear you all the days that they live
in the land that you gave to our ancestors.
1 Timothy 4:7b-16

Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train
yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value,
godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the
present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of
full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle,* because we
have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people,
especially of those who believe.

 These are the things you must insist on and teach. Let no one
despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and
conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention
to the public reading of scripture,* to exhorting, to teaching. Do not
neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through
prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.* Put
these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may
see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your
teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save
both yourself and your hearers.
John 8:47-59
Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear
them is that you are not from God.’

 The Jews answered him, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a
Samaritan and have a demon?’ Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a
demon; but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. Yet I do not seek
my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very
truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ The
Jews said to him, ‘Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died,
and so did the prophets; yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will
never taste death.” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who
died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?’ Jesus
answered, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father
who glorifies me, he of whom you say, “He is our God”, though you
do not know him. But I know him; if I were to say that I do not know
him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his
word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw
it and was glad.’ Then the Jews said to him, ‘You are not yet
fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’* Jesus said to them,
‘Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.’ So they picked
up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the
Morning Psalms: Psalm 148, 149, 150

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights! 
Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his host! 

Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars! 
Praise him, you highest heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created. 
He established them for ever and ever;
   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.* 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps, 
fire and hail, snow and frost,
   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars! 
Wild animals and all cattle,
   creeping things and flying birds! 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the earth! 
Young men and women alike,
   old and young together! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his glory is above earth and heaven. 
He has raised up a horn for his people,
   praise for all his faithful,
   for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 
Let them praise his name with dancing,
   making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
   he adorns the humble with victory. 
Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy on their couches. 
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
   and two-edged swords in their hands, 
to execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples, 
to bind their kings with fetters
   and their nobles with chains of iron, 
to execute on them the judgement decreed.
   This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament!* 
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 

Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp! 
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
   praise him with strings and pipe! 
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
   praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 114, 115

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became God’s* sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is their God?’ 

Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!

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