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Daily Readings For January 3

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Daily Readings for Sunday, January 3, 2021


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 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 Deuteronomy 33:1-5

1This is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the Israelites before his death. 2He said:
     The LORD came from Sinai,
          and dawned from Seir upon us;
          he shone forth from Mount Paran.
     With him were myriads of holy ones;
          at his right, a host of his own.
3   Indeed, O favorite among peoples,
          all his holy ones were in your charge;
     they marched at your heels,
          accepted direction from you.
4   Moses charged us with the law,
          as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
5   There arose a king in Jeshurun,
          when the leaders of the people assembled —
          the united tribes of Israel.

Second Reading 1 John 2:12-17

12  I am writing to you, little children,
          because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
13  I am writing to you, fathers,
          because you know him who is from the beginning.
     I am writing to you, young people,
          because you have conquered the evil one.
14  I write to you, children,
          because you know the Father.
     I write to you, fathers,
          because you know him who is from the beginning.
     I write to you, young people,
          because you are strong
          and the word of God abides in you,
               and you have overcome the evil one.
15Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16for all that is in the world — the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches — comes not from the Father but from the world. 17And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

Gospel Reading John 6:41-47

41Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven” 42They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.”

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.