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Daily Readings For January 3

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Daily Readings for Saturday, January 3, 2015


Morning Psalm 111

1   Praise the LORD!
     I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
          in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2   Great are the works of the LORD,
          studied by all who delight in them.
3   Full of honor and majesty is his work,
          and his righteousness endures forever.
4   He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
          the LORD is gracious and merciful.
5   He provides food for those who fear him;
          he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6   He has shown his people the power of his works,
          in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7   The works of his hands are faithful and just;
          all his precepts are trustworthy.
8   They are established forever and ever,
          to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9   He sent redemption to his people;
          he has commanded his covenant forever.
          Holy and awesome is his name.
10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
          all those who practice it have a good understanding.
          His praise endures forever.

Morning Psalm 149

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

First Reading Genesis 28:10-22

10Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. 15Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place — and I did not know it!” 17And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God, 22and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one tenth to you.”

Second Reading Hebrews 11:13-22

13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

17By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18of whom he had been told, “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” 19He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead — and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, “bowing in worship over the top of his staff.” 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.

Gospel Reading John 10:7-17

7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away — and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.”

Evening Psalm 107

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


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


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


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


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


33  He turns rivers into a desert,
          springs of water into thirsty ground,
34  a fruitful land into a salty waste,
          because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35  He turns a desert into pools of water,
          a parched land into springs of water.
36  And there he lets the hungry live,
          and they establish a town to live in;
37  they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
          and get a fruitful yield.
38  By his blessing they multiply greatly,
          and he does not let their cattle decrease.


39  When they are diminished and brought low
          through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40  he pours contempt on princes
          and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41  but he raises up the needy out of distress,
          and makes their families like flocks.
42  The upright see it and are glad;
          and all wickedness stops its mouth.
43  Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
          and consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Evening Psalm 15

1   O LORD, who may abide in your tent?
          Who may dwell on your holy hill?


2   Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
          and speak the truth from their heart;
3   who do not slander with their tongue,
          and do no evil to their friends,
          nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
4   in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
          but who honor those who fear the LORD;
     who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
5   who do not lend money at interest,
          and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
     Those who do these things shall never be moved.