Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, October 24, 2019

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The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, October 24, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

(Your paths overflow with plenty)
Thanksgiving for Earth’s Bounty
To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1  Praise is due to you,
     O God, in Zion;
   and to you shall vows be performed,
2    O you who answer prayer!
   To you all flesh shall come.
3  When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
     you forgive our transgressions.
4  Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
     to live in your courts.
   We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
     your holy temple.

5  By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
     O God of our salvation;
   you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
     and of the farthest seas.
6  By your strength you established the mountains;
     you are girded with might.
7  You silence the roaring of the seas,
     the roaring of their waves,
     the tumult of the peoples.
8  Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by
         your signs;
   you make the gateways of the morning and the evening
         shout for joy.

9  You visit the earth and water it,
     you greatly enrich it;
   the river of God is full of water;
     you provide the people with grain,
     for so you have prepared it.
10 You water its furrows abundantly,
     settling its ridges,
   softening it with showers,
     and blessing its growth.
11 You crown the year with your bounty;
     your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
     the hills gird themselves with joy,
13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
     the valleys deck themselves with grain,
     they shout and sing together for joy.

(Lament and call to repentance)
1  The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel:

Lament over the Ruin of the Country
2  Hear this, O elders,
     give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
   Has such a thing happened in your days,
     or in the days of your ancestors?
3  Tell your children of it,
     and let your children tell their children,
     and their children another generation.

4  What the cutting locust left,
     the swarming locust has eaten.
   What the swarming locust left,
     the hopping locust has eaten,
   and what the hopping locust left,
     the destroying locust has eaten.

5  Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;
     and wail, all you wine-drinkers,
   over the sweet wine,
     for it is cut off from your mouth.
6  For a nation has invaded my land,
     powerful and innumerable;
   its teeth are lions’ teeth,
     and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7  It has laid waste my vines,
     and splintered my fig trees;
   it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
     their branches have turned white.

8  Lament like a virgin dressed in sackcloth
     for the husband of her youth.
9  The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
     from the house of the Lord.
   The priests mourn,
     the ministers of the Lord.
10 The fields are devastated,
     the ground mourns;
   for the grain is destroyed,
     the wine dries up,
     the oil fails.

11 Be dismayed, you farmers,
     wail, you vinedressers,
   over the wheat and the barley;
     for the crops of the field are ruined.
12 The vine withers,
     the fig tree droops.
   Pomegranate, palm, and apple—
     all the trees of the field are dried up;
   surely, joy withers away
     among the people.

A Call to Repentance and Prayer
13 Put on sackcloth and lament, you priests;
     wail, you ministers of the altar.
   Come, pass the night in sackcloth,
     you ministers of my God!
   Grain offering and drink offering
     are withheld from the house of your God.

14 Sanctify a fast,
     call a solemn assembly.
   Gather the elders
     and all the inhabitants of the land
   to the house of the Lord your God,
     and cry out to the Lord.

15 Alas for the day!
   For the day of the Lord is near,
     and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16 Is not the food cut off
     before our eyes,
   joy and gladness
     from the house of our God?

17 The seed shrivels under the clods,
     the storehouses are desolate;
   the granaries are ruined
     because the grain has failed.
18 How the animals groan!
     The herds of cattle wander about
   because there is no pasture for them;
     even the flocks of sheep are dazed.

19 To you, O Lord, I cry.
   For fire has devoured
     the pastures of the wilderness,
   and flames have burned
     all the trees of the field.
20 Even the wild animals cry to you
     because the watercourses are dried up,
   and fire has devoured
     the pastures of the wilderness.

(Godlessness)
Godlessness in the Last Days
3:1 You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! 6 For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, 7 who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people, of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith, also oppose the truth. 9 But they will not make much progress, because, as in the case of those two men, their folly will become plain to everyone.

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary
Psalm 65; Joel 1:1-20; 2 Timothy 3:1-9

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