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Daily Readings For December 30

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Daily Readings for Monday, December 30, 2024

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 145

1   I will extol you, my God and King,
          and bless your name forever and ever.
2   Every day I will bless you,
          and praise your name forever and ever.
3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
          his greatness is unsearchable.

4   One generation shall laud your works to another,
          and shall declare your mighty acts.
5   On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
          and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6   The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
          and I will declare your greatness.
7   They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
          and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

8   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
          slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9   The Lord is good to all,
          and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10  All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
          and all your faithful shall bless you.
11  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
          and tell of your power,
12  to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
          and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
          and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

     The Lord is faithful in all his words,
          and gracious in all his deeds.
14  The Lord upholds all who are falling,
          and raises up all who are bowed down.
15  The eyes of all look to you,
          and you give them their food in due season.
16  You open your hand,
          satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17  The Lord is just in all his ways,
          and kind in all his doings.
18  The Lord is near to all who call on him,
          to all who call on him in truth.
19  He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
          he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20  The Lord watches over all who love him,
          but all the wicked he will destroy.

21  My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
          and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

First Reading Isaiah 25:1-9

1   O LORD, you are my God;
          I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
     for you have done wonderful things,
          plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2   For you have made the city a heap,
          the fortified city a ruin;
     the palace of aliens is a city no more,
          it will never be rebuilt.
3   Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
          cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4   For you have been a refuge to the poor,
          a refuge to the needy in their distress,
          a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
     When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
5        the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
     you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
          the song of the ruthless was stilled.

6   On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
          a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
          of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7   And he will destroy on this mountain
          the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
          the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8        he will swallow up death forever.
     Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,
          and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
          for the LORD has spoken.
9   It will be said on that day,
          Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
          This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
          let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Second Reading Revelation 1:19-20

19Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Gospel Reading John 7:53-8:11

7:53Then each of them went home,
        8:1while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

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.”

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.

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.