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Daily Readings For January 3

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Daily Readings for Wednesday, January 3, 2018


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 147:1-11

1   Praise the Lord!
          How good it is to sing praises to our God;
          for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2   The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
          he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3   He heals the brokenhearted,
          and binds up their wounds.
4   He determines the number of the stars;
          he gives to all of them their names.
5   Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
          his understanding is beyond measure.
6   The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
          he casts the wicked to the ground.


7   Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
          make melody to our God on the lyre.
8   He covers the heavens with clouds,
          prepares rain for the earth,
          makes grass grow on the hills.
9   He gives to the animals their food,
          and to the young ravens when they cry.
10  His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
          nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11  but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
          in those who hope in his steadfast love.

First Reading 1 Kings 19:9-18

9At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away."

11He said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14He answered, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away." 15Then the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Second Reading Ephesians 4:17-32

17Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. 19They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20That is not the way you learned Christ! 21For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. 22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Gospel Reading John 6:15-27

15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" 26Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal."

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.