Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, May 28, 2020

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The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020
Psalm 33:12-22; Exodus 19:1-9a; Acts 2:1-11
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Our help and our shield
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
     the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
     and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
     all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
     who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
     no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
     despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
     on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
     and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
     he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
     for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
     even as we put our hope in you.

The covenant at Sinai
19:1 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

9a The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.”

The giving of the Spirit
2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, May 28, 2020
Psalm 33:12-22; Exodus 19:1-9a; Acts 2:1-11

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