Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Wednesday, January 25, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Psalm 27:7-14; Genesis 49:1-2, 8-13, 21-26; Luke 1:67-79
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions

Psalm 27:7-14
Take courage in God
Dominus illuminatio

For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter;
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.

Even now he lifts up my head
above my enemies round about me.

Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call;
have mercy on me and answer me.

You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”
Your face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not your face from me,
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

You have been my helper; cast me not away;
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Though my father and my mother forsake me,
the LORD will sustain me.

O God above, we praise You and thank You for coming down to meet with us. Your presence fills our hearts with joy; therefore, we sing songs of praise to You. O Lord, we seek Your help and ask that You give us healing, strength, and understanding that we might serve You faithfully among those opposed to You and us. Teach us the way that we should go and grant us a willing heart filled with Your Holy Spirit. Give us the courage and wisdom we need to serve Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, in all circumstances, even as we pray in His name:
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

Genesis 49:1-2, 8-13, 21-26
Judah Zebulun Naphtali and Joseph blessed

49:1 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
     listen to your father Israel.

“Judah, your brothers will praise you;
     your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
     your father’s sons will bow down to you.
You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
     you return from the prey, my son.
  Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
     like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
      nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
   until he to whom it belongs shall come
      and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
      his colt to the choicest branch;
   he will wash his garments in wine,
      his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
      his teeth whiter than milk.

13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore
      and become a haven for ships;
      his border will extend toward Sidon.

21 “Naphtali is a doe set free
      that bears beautiful fawns.

22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,
      a fruitful vine near a spring,
      whose branches climb over a wall.
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
      they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
      his strong arms stayed limber,
   because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
      because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,
      because of the Almighty, who blesses you
   with blessings of the skies above,
      blessings of the deep springs below,
      blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater
      than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
      than the bounty of the age-old hills.
   Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
      on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

Luke 1:67-79
Christ the light dawning

1:67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
      because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
      and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
      and to remember his holy covenant,
73    the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
      and to enable us to serve him without fear
75    in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
      through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
      by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
      and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

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 Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Responsive Readings from the Common Book of Prayer (1789).

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2023, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2022 was Year A. 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 Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Psalm 27:7-14; Genesis 49:1-2, 8-13, 21-26; Luke 1:67-79

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