Daily Readings For December 27

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Daily Readings for Sunday, December 27, 2020


Morning Psalm 34

1   I will bless the LORD at all times;
          his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2   My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
          let the humble hear and be glad.
3   O magnify the LORD with me,
          and let us exalt his name together.
4   I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
          and delivered me from all my fears.
5   Look to him, and be radiant;
          so your faces shall never be ashamed.
6   This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD,
          and was saved from every trouble.
7   The angel of the LORD encamps
          around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8   O taste and see that the LORD is good;
          happy are those who take refuge in him.
9   O fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
          for those who fear him have no want.
10  The young lions suffer want and hunger,
          but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.


11  Come, O children, listen to me;
          I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12  Which of you desires life,
          and covets many days to enjoy good?
13  Keep your tongue from evil,
          and your lips from speaking deceit.
14  Depart from evil, and do good;
          seek peace, and pursue it.


15  The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
          and his ears are open to their cry.
16  The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
          to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17  When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
          and rescues them from all their troubles.
18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
          and saves the crushed in spirit.


19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
          but the LORD rescues them from them all.
20  He keeps all their bones;
          not one of them will be broken.
21  Evil brings death to the wicked,
          and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22  The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
          none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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 19

1   The heavens are telling the glory of God;
          and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2   Day to day pours forth speech,
          and night to night declares knowledge.
3   There is no speech, nor are there words;
          their voice is not heard;
4   yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
          and their words to the end of the world.


     In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5   which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
          and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
          and its circuit to the end of them;
          and nothing is hidden from its heat.


7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
          reviving the soul;
     the decrees of the LORD are sure,
          making wise the simple;
8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
          rejoicing the heart;
     the commandment of the LORD is clear,
          enlightening the eyes;
9   the fear of the LORD is pure,
          enduring forever;
     the ordinances of the LORD are true
          and righteous altogether.
10  More to be desired are they than gold,
          even much fine gold;
     sweeter also than honey,
          and drippings of the honeycomb.


11  Moreover by them is your servant warned;
          in keeping them there is great reward.
12   But who can detect their errors?
          Clear me from hidden faults.
13  Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
          do not let them have dominion over me.
     Then I shall be blameless,
          and innocent of great transgression.


14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
          be acceptable to you,
          O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Evening Psalm 121

1  I lift up my eyes to the hills —
          from where will my help come?
2   My help comes from the LORD,
          who made heaven and earth.


3   He will not let your foot be moved;
          he who keeps you will not slumber.
4   He who keeps Israel
          will neither slumber nor sleep.


5   The LORD is your keeper;
          the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6   The sun shall not strike you by day,
          nor the moon by night.


7   The LORD will keep you from all evil;
          he will keep your life.
8   The LORD will keep
          your going out and your coming in
          from this time on and for evermore.