Monday, December 30, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, December 30, 2019 — 6th Day of Christmas

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, December 30, 2019 — 6th Day of Christmas
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

(Answer us when we call)
Prayer for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1  The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
     The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2  May he send you help from the sanctuary,
     and give you support from Zion.
3  May he remember all your offerings,
     and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.   Selah

4  May he grant you your heart’s desire,
     and fulfill all your plans.
5  May we shout for joy over your victory,
     and in the name of our God set up our banners.
   May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6  Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
     he will answer him from his holy heaven
     with mighty victories by his right hand.
7  Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
     but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8  They will collapse and fall,
     but we shall rise and stand upright.

9  Give victory to the king, O Lord;
     answer us when we call.

(Trust in God forever)
Judah’s Song of Victory
1  On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
   We have a strong city;
     he sets up victory
     like walls and bulwarks.
2  Open the gates,
     so that the righteous nation that keeps faith
     may enter in.
3  Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
     in peace because they trust in you.
4  Trust in the Lord forever,
     for in the Lord God
     you have an everlasting rock.
5  For he has brought low
     the inhabitants of the height;
     the lofty city he lays low.
   He lays it low to the ground,
     casts it to the dust.
6  The foot tramples it,
     the feet of the poor,
     the steps of the needy.

7  The way of the righteous is level;
     O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.
8  In the path of your judgments,
     O Lord, we wait for you;
   your name and your renown
     are the soul’s desire.
9  My soul yearns for you in the night,
     my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
   For when your judgments are in the earth,
     the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

(The temporary and the eternal)
Living by Faith
4:16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

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 A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. 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.
The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, December 30, 2019 — 6th Day of Christmas
Psalm 20; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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