Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for SATURDAY, March 2, 2019

John 16:1-4a

The Daily Lectionary
SATURDAY, March 2, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Thanksgiving for Vindication
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath Day.
1  It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
     to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2  to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
     and your faithfulness by night,
3  to the music of the lute and the harp,
     to the melody of the lyre.
4  For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
     at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
     and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
     they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 In old age they still produce fruit;
     they are always green and full of sap,
15 showing that the Lord is upright;
     he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Isaiah 30:8-17
A Rebellious People
8  Go now, write it before them on a tablet,
     and inscribe it in a book,
   so that it may be for the time to come
     as a witness forever.
9  For they are a rebellious people,
     faithless children,
   children who will not hear
     the instruction of the Lord;
10 who say to the seers, “Do not see”;
     and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
   speak to us smooth things,
     prophesy illusions,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
     let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:
   Because you reject this word,
     and put your trust in oppression and deceit,
     and rely on them;
13 therefore this iniquity shall become for you
     like a break in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse,
     whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant;
14 its breaking is like that of a potter’s vessel
     that is smashed so ruthlessly
   that among its fragments not a sherd is found
     for taking fire from the hearth,
     or dipping water out of the cistern.

15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
   In returning and rest you shall be saved;
     in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
   But you refused 16 and said,
   “No! We will flee upon horses”—
     therefore you shall flee!
   and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”—
     therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
17 A thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
     at the threat of five you shall flee,
   until you are left
     like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
     like a signal on a hill.

John 16:1-4a
16:1 “I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4 But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God.

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