Monday 11 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 11 September 2023

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1 Kings 13:1-10

While Jeroboam was standing by the altar to offer incense, a man of
God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel and proclaimed
against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, ‘O altar,
altar, thus says the Lord: “A son shall be born to the house of
David, Josiah by name; and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of
the high places who offer incense on you, and human bones shall be
burned on you.” ’ He gave a sign the same day, saying, ‘This is
the sign that the Lord has spoken: “The altar shall be torn down,
and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.” ’ When the king
heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel,
Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, ‘Seize
him!’ But the hand that he stretched out against him withered so
that he could not draw it back to himself. The altar also was torn
down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign
that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord. The king said
to the man of God, ‘Entreat now the favour of the Lord your God, and
pray for me, so that my hand may be restored to me.’ So the man of
God entreated the Lord; and the king’s hand was restored to him, and
became as it was before. Then the king said to the man of God, ‘Come
home with me and dine, and I will give you a gift.’ But the man of
God said to the king, ‘If you give me half your kingdom, I will not
go in with you; nor will I eat food or drink water in this place. For
thus I was commanded by the word of the Lord: You shall not eat food,
or drink water, or return by the way that you came.’ So he went
another way, and did not return by the way that he had come to Bethel.
Philippians 1:1-11

Paul and Timothy, servants* of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the
bishops* and deacons:*

 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus

 I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with
joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing
in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this,
that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to
completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think
this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart,* for all
of you share in God’s grace* with me, both in my imprisonment and in
the defence and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how
I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is
my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge
and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the
day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the
harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory
and praise of God.
Mark 15:40-47
There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary
Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and
Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in
Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to
 When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that
is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected
member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for
the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of
Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the
centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When
he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to
Joseph. Then Joseph* bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body,*
wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been
hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the
tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body*
was laid.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 41, 52

Psalm 41

Happy are those who consider the poor;*
   the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. 
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
   they are called happy in the land.
   You do not give them up to the will of their enemies. 
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
   in their illness you heal all their infirmities.* 

As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’ 
My enemies wonder in malice
   when I will die, and my name perish. 
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
   while their hearts gather mischief;
   when they go out, they tell it abroad. 
All who hate me whisper together about me;
   they imagine the worst for me. 

They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
   that I will not rise again from where I lie. 
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
   who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me. 
But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
   and raise me up, that I may repay them. 

By this I know that you are pleased with me;
   because my enemy has not triumphed over me. 
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
   and set me in your presence for ever. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.Amen and Amen.

Psalm 52

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
   of mischief done against the godly?*
   All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
   you worker of treachery. 
You love evil more than good,
   and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour,
   O deceitful tongue. 

But God will break you down for ever;
   he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
   he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see, and fear,
   and will laugh at the evildoer,* saying, 
‘See the one who would not take
   refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
   and sought refuge in wealth!’* 

But I am like a green olive tree
   in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
   for ever and ever. 
I will thank you for ever,
   because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
   I will proclaim* your name, for it is good.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 44

Psalm 44

We have heard with our ears, O God,
   our ancestors have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
   in the days of old: 
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
   but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
   but them you set free; 
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
   nor did their own arm give them victory;
but your right hand, and your arm,
   and the light of your countenance,
   for you delighted in them. 

You are my King and my God;
   you command* victories for Jacob. 
Through you we push down our foes;
   through your name we tread down our assailants. 
For not in my bow do I trust,
   nor can my sword save me. 
But you have saved us from our foes,
   and have put to confusion those who hate us. 
In God we have boasted continually,
   and we will give thanks to your name for ever.

Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
   and have not gone out with our armies. 
You made us turn back from the foe,
   and our enemies have taken spoil for themselves. 
You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
   and have scattered us among the nations. 
You have sold your people for a trifle,
   demanding no high price for them. 

You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
   the derision and scorn of those around us. 
You have made us a byword among the nations,
   a laughing-stock* among the peoples. 
All day long my disgrace is before me,
   and shame has covered my face 
at the words of the taunters and revilers,
   at the sight of the enemy and the avenger. 

All this has come upon us,
   yet we have not forgotten you,
   or been false to your covenant. 
Our heart has not turned back,
   nor have our steps departed from your way, 
yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
   and covered us with deep darkness. 

If we had forgotten the name of our God,
   or spread out our hands to a strange god, 
would not God discover this?
   For he knows the secrets of the heart. 
Because of you we are being killed all day long,
   and accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 

Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
   Awake, do not cast us off for ever! 
Why do you hide your face?
   Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? 
For we sink down to the dust;
   our bodies cling to the ground. 
Rise up, come to our help.
   Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

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