Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, May 7, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, May 7, 2020
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 6:8-15
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

I commend my spirit
1  In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
     let me never be put to shame;
     deliver me in your righteousness.
2  Turn your ear to me,
     come quickly to my rescue;
   be my rock of refuge,
     a strong fortress to save me.
3  Since you are my rock and my fortress,
     for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4  Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
     for you are my refuge.
5  Into your hands I commit my spirit;
     deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

15 My times are in your hands;
     deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
     from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
     save me in your unfailing love.

The call of Abram
12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2  “I will make you into a great nation,
     and I will bless you;
   I will make your name great,
     and you will be a blessing.
3  I will bless those who bless you,
     and whoever curses you I will curse;
   and all peoples on earth
     will be blessed through you.”

Stephen is arrested
6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.

11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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, May 7, 2020
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 6:8-15

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