Tuesday, May 9, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, May 9, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:5-12; Acts 7:44-56

(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions
Psalm 102:1-17
Prayer for deliverance
Domine, exaudi

1 LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *
    hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
    when I call, make haste to answer me,

3 For my days drift away like smoke, *
    and my bones are hot as burning coals.

4 My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *
    so that I forget to eat my bread.

5 Because of the voice of my groaning *
    I am but skin and bones.

6 I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *
    like an owl among the ruins.

7 I lie awake and groan; *
    I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.

8 My enemies revile me all day long, *
    and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.

9 For I have eaten ashes for bread *
    and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of your indignation and wrath *
     you have lifted me up and thrown me away.

11 My days pass away like a shadow, *
     and I wither like the grass.

12 But you, O LORD, endure for ever, *
     and your Name from age to age.

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
       for it is time to have mercy upon her; *
     indeed, the appointed time has come.

14 For your servants love her very rubble, *
     and are moved to pity even for her dust.

15 The nations shall fear your Name, O LORD, *
     and all the kings of the earth your glory.

16 For the LORD will build up Zion, *
     and his glory will appear.

17 He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
     he will not despise their plea.

Lord Jesus, in these days of uncertainty and trouble, we ask You for guidance, strength, and wisdom. We look forward to Your coming again to make all things right, according to Your precious promises. Come now, Lord Jesus. Fill us with Your Spirit. Give us insight to prepare for the future, even as we pray:
“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.”
Proverbs 3:5-12
God the truth and life

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
     and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,
     and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
     fear the Lord and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body
     and nourishment to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
     with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
      and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
      and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
      as a father the son he delights in.

Acts 7:44-56
Stephen confronts the council

7:44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:
49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
      and the earth is my footstool.
   What kind of house will you build for me?
      says the Lord.
      Or where will my resting place be?

50 Has not my hand made all these things?’
51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:5-12; Acts 7:44-56

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