Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, March 5, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, March 5, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

The Lord watches over you
1  I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
     where does my help come from?
2  My help comes from the Lord,
     the Maker of heaven and earth.

3  He will not let your foot slip—
     he who watches over you will not slumber;
4  indeed, he who watches over Israel
     will neither slumber nor sleep.

5  The Lord watches over you—
     the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6  the sun will not harm you by day,
     nor the moon by night.

7  The Lord will keep you from all harm—
     he will watch over your life;
8  the Lord will watch over your coming and going
     both now and forevermore.

Look to Abraham and Sarah
1  “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
     and who seek the Lord:
   Look to the rock from which you were cut
     and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2  look to Abraham, your father,
     and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
   When I called him he was only one man,
     and I blessed him and made him many.
3  The Lord will surely comfort Zion
     and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
   he will make her deserts like Eden,

     her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
   Joy and gladness will be found in her,
     thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Faith handed down from faithful mothers
1:3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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

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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 what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, March 5, 2020
Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:3-7

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