Daily Readings For December 30

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Daily Readings for Sunday, December 30, 2018


Morning Psalm 93

1   The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty;
          the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.
     He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
2        your throne is established from of old;
          you are from everlasting.


3   The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
          the floods have lifted up their voice;
          the floods lift up their roaring.
4   More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
          more majestic than the waves of the sea,
          majestic on high is the LORD!


5   Your decrees are very sure;
          holiness befits your house,
          O LORD, forevermore.

Morning Psalm 150

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


3   Praise him with trumpet sound;
          praise him with lute and harp!
4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;
          praise him with strings and pipe!
5   Praise him with clanging cymbals;
          praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6   Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
     Praise the Lord!

First Reading Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12

6   Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
          I have posted sentinels;
     all day and all night
          they shall never be silent.
     You who remind the LORD,
          take no rest,
7   and give him no rest
          until he establishes Jerusalem
          and makes it renowned throughout the earth.


10  Go through, go through the gates,
          prepare the way for the people;
     build up, build up the highway,
          clear it of stones,
          lift up an ensign over the peoples.
11  The LORD has proclaimed
          to the end of the earth:
     Say to daughter Zion,
          “See, your salvation comes;
     his reward is with him,
          and his recompense before him.”
12  They shall be called, “The Holy People,
          The Redeemed of the LORD”;
     and you shall be called, “Sought Out,
          A City Not Forsaken.”

Second Reading Hebrews 2:10-18

10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying,
     “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
          in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
13And again,
     “I will put my trust in him.”
And again,
     “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

14Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Gospel Reading Matthew 1:18-25

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
          and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Evening Psalm 89:1-18

1   I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
          with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
2   I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
          your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.


3   You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
          I have sworn to my servant David:
4   ‘I will establish your descendants forever,
          and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah


5   Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
          your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
6   For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
          Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
7   a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
          great and awesome above all that are around him?
8   O LORD God of hosts,
          who is as mighty as you, O LORD?
          Your faithfulness surrounds you.
9   You rule the raging of the sea;
          when its waves rise, you still them.
10  You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
          you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11  The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
          the world and all that is in it — you have founded them.
12  The north and the south — you created them;
          Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13  You have a mighty arm;
          strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
          steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15  Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
          who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;
16  they exult in your name all day long,
          and extol your righteousness.
17  For you are the glory of their strength;
          by your favor our horn is exalted.
18  For our shield belongs to the LORD,
          our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Evening Psalm 89:19-52

19  Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
          “I have set the crown on one who is mighty,
          I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20  I have found my servant David;
          with my holy oil I have anointed him;
21  my hand shall always remain with him;
          my arm also shall strengthen him.
22  The enemy shall not outwit him,
          the wicked shall not humble him.
23  I will crush his foes before him
          and strike down those who hate him.
24  My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
          and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
25  I will set his hand on the sea
          and his right hand on the rivers.
26  He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
          my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
27  I will make him the firstborn,
          the highest of the kings of the earth.
28  Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
          and my covenant with him will stand firm.
29  I will establish his line forever,
          and his throne as long as the heavens endure.
30  If his children forsake my law
          and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31  if they violate my statutes
          and do not keep my commandments,
32  then I will punish their transgression with the rod
          and their iniquity with scourges;
33  but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
          or be false to my faithfulness.
34  I will not violate my covenant,
          or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35  Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness;
          I will not lie to David.
36  His line shall continue forever,
          and his throne endure before me like the sun.
37  It shall be established forever like the moon,
          an enduring witness in the skies.”
                                                                                                      Selah


38  But now you have spurned and rejected him;
          you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39  You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
          you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40  You have broken through all his walls;
          you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41  All who pass by plunder him;
          he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42  You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
          you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43  Moreover, you have turned back the edge of his sword,
          and you have not supported him in battle.
44  You have removed the scepter from his hand,
          and hurled his throne to the ground.
45  You have cut short the days of his youth;
          you have covered him with shame.
                                                                                                      Selah


46  How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
          How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47  Remember how short my time is —
          for what vanity you have created all mortals!
48  Who can live and never see death?
          Who can escape the power of Sheol?                         Selah


49  Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
          which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50  Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted;
          how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,
51  with which your enemies taunt, O LORD,
          with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed.


52  Blessed be the LORD forever.
                         Amen and Amen.