August 7, 2022:  Nineth Sunday after Pentecost (Holy Baptism-BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

Numbers 27: 12-23 - Joshua Appointed Moses’s Successor

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range, and see the land that I have given to the Israelites. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled with me.[a] You did not show my holiness before their eyes at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep without a shepherd.” 18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him; 19 have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation and commission him in their sight. 20 You shall give him some of your authority, so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey. 21 But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the Lord; at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the whole congregation.” 22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation; 23 he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord had directed through Moses.

Footnotes

  1. 27.14 Heb lacks with me

 

Psalm 100 - All Lands Summoned to Praise God

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2     Serve the Lord with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
   we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him; bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures forever
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

Footnotes

  1. 100.3 Or and not we ourselves

 

Revelation 7: 9- 17 - The Multitude from Every Nation

9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 For this reason they are before the throne of God
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat,
17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

John 10: 22-33 - Jesus Is Rejected by the Jews

22 At that time the Festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah,[a] tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me, 26 but you do not believe because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, in regard to what he has given me, is greater than all,[b] and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human, are making yourself God.”

Footnotes

  1. 10.24 Or the Christ

  2. 10.29 Other ancient authorities read What my Father has given me is greater than all else or My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all

July 31, 2022:  Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (HE-BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

Hosea 11: 1-11 - "God’s Compassion on Israel"

When Israel was a child, I loved him,
   and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I[a] called them,
   the more they went from me;[b]
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
   and offering incense to idols.

3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
   I took them up in my[c] arms,
   but they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness,
   with bands of love.
I was to them like those
   who lift infants to their cheeks.[d]
   I bent down to them and fed them.

5 They shall return to the land of Egypt,
   and Assyria shall be their king,
   because they have refused to return to me.
6 The sword rages in their cities;
   it consumes their oracle priests
   and devours because of their schemes.
7 My people are bent on turning away from me.
   To the Most High they call,
   but he does not raise them up at all.[e]

8 How can I give you up, Ephraim?
   How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
   How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
   my compassion grows warm and tender.
9 I will not execute my fierce anger;
   I will not again destroy Ephraim,
for I am God and no mortal,
   the Holy One in your midst,
   and I will not come in wrath.[f]

10 They shall go after the Lord,
   who roars like a lion;
when he roars,
   his children shall come trembling from the west.
11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt
   and like doves from the land of Assyria,
    and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 11.2 Gk: Heb they

  2. 11.2 Gk: Heb them

  3. 11.3 Gk Syr Vg: Heb his

  4. 11.4 Or who ease the yoke on their jaws

  5. 11.7 Meaning of Heb uncertain

  6. 11.9 Meaning of Heb uncertain

 

Psalm 107: 1-9, 43 - "Deliverance from Troubles"

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
   those he redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.[a]

4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
   finding no way to an inhabited town;
5 hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress;
7 he led them by a straight way,
   until they reached an inhabited town.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty,
   and the hungry he fills with good things.

Footnotes

  1. 107.3 Cn: Heb sea

 

Colossians 3: 1-11 - "The New Life in Christ"

3 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your[a] life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.[b] 7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.[c] 8 But now you must get rid of all such things: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive[d] language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal[e] there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, enslaved and free, but Christ is all and in all!

Footnotes

  1. 3.4 Other authorities read our

  2. 3.6 Gk the sons of disobedience; other ancient authorities lack on those who are disobedient

  3. 3.7 Or living among such people

  4. 3.8 Or filthy

  5. 3.11 Gk its creator, where

 

Luke 12: 13-21 - "The Parable of the Rich Fool”

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

July 24, 2022: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (HC-BCP)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

Hosea 1: 2-10 - "The Family of Hosea"

2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.[a]

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 1:9 Or your I am

 

Psalm 85 - "Prayer for God’s Favor"

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
   you pardoned all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
   you turned from your hot anger.

4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
   and put away your indignation toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
   Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
   so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation.

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
   for he will speak peace to his people,
   to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.[a]
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
   and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
   and will make a path for his steps.

Footnotes

  1. 85.8 Gk: Heb but let them not turn back to folly

 

Colossians 2: 6-15 - "Fullness of Life in Christ"

6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

8 Watch out that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental principles[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision,[b] by the removal of the body[c] of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[d] made you[e] alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed[f] the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

Footnotes

  1. 2.8 Or spirits

  2. 2.11 Gk a circumcision made without hands

  3. 2.11 Other ancient authorities add of the sins

  4. 2.13 Gk he

  5. 2.13 Other ancient authorities read made us or made

  6. 2.15 Or divested himself of

 

Luke 11: 1-13 - "The Lord’s Prayer"

1  He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

2 So he said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father,[a] may your name be revered as holy.
   May your kingdom come.[b]
3   Give us each day our daily bread.[c]
4   And forgive us our sins,
       for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
   And do not bring us to the time of trial.”[d]

Perseverance in Prayer

5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything out of friendship, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asked for[e] a fish, would give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asked for an egg, would give a scorpion? 13 If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit[f] to those who ask him!”

Footnotes

  1. 11.2 Other ancient authorities read Our Father in heaven

  2. 11.2 A few ancient authorities read Your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Other ancient authorities add Your will be done, on earth as in heaven

  3. 11.3 Or our bread for tomorrow

  4. 11.4 Or us into temptation. Other ancient authorities add but rescue us from the evil one (or from evil)

  5. 11.11 Other ancient authorities add bread, will give a stone? Or if your child asks for

  6. 11.13 Other ancient authorities read the Father give the Holy Spirit from heaven

July 17, 2022: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (HE-BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

Amos 8: 1-12 - "The Basket of Fruit”

1 This is what the Lord God showed me: a basket of summer fruit. 2 He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,

“The end[a] has come upon my people Israel;
   I will spare them no longer.
3 The songs of the temple[b] shall become wailings on that day,”
           says the Lord God;
“the dead bodies shall be many,
   cast out in every place. Be silent!”

4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy,
   and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
5 saying, “When will the new moon be over
   so that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath,
   so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah smaller and the shekel heavier
   and practice deceit with false balances,
6 buying the poor for silver
   and the needy for a pair of sandals
   and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
8 Shall not the land tremble on this account,
   and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
   and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?

9 On that day, says the Lord God,
   I will make the sun go down at noon
   and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning
   and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on all loins
   and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
   and the end of it like a bitter day.

11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
   when I will send a famine on the land,
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
   but of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea
   and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
   but they shall not find it.

Footnotes

  1. 8.2 In Heb the word for end is related to the word for summer fruit

  2. 8.3 Or palace

 

Psalm 52 - "Judgement on the Deceitful"

1 Why do you boast, O mighty one,
   of mischief done against the godly?[a]
All day long 2     you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
   you worker of treachery.
3 You love evil more than good
   and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah
4 You love all words that devour,
   O deceitful tongue.

5 But God will break you down forever;
   he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
   he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous will see and fear
   and will laugh at the evildoer,[b] saying,
7 “See the one who would not take
   refuge in God
but trusted in abundant riches
   and sought refuge in wealth!”[c]

8 But I am like a green olive tree
   in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
   forever and ever.
9 I will thank you forever
   because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
   I will proclaim[d] your name, for it is good.

Footnotes

  1. 52.1 Cn Compare Syr: Heb the kindness of God

  2. 52.6 Heb him

  3. 52.7 Syr Tg: Heb in his destruction

  4. 52.9 Cn: Heb wait for

 

Colossians 1: 15-28 - "The Supremacy of Christ"

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, 16 for in[a] him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in[b] him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God[c] was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled[d] in his fleshly body[e] through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, 23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature[f] under heaven. I, Paul, became a minister of this gospel.

Paul’s Interest in the Colossians

24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 25 I became its minister according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.[g]

Footnotes

  1. 1.16 Or by

  2. 1.17 Or by

  3. 1.19 Gk lacks of God

  4. 1.22 Other ancient authorities read you have now been reconciled

  5. 1.22 Gk in the body of his flesh

  6. 1.23 Or in all creation

  7. 1.28 Other ancient authorities add Jesus

 

Luke 10: 38-42 - "Jesus Visits Martha and Mary"

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him.[a] 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at Jesus’s[b] feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her, then, to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things, 42 but few things are needed—indeed only one.[c] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Footnotes

  1. 10.38 Other ancient authorities add into her home

  2. 10.39 Other ancient authorities read the Lord’s

  3. 10.42 Other ancient authorities read but only one thing is needed

July 10, 2022: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (HC-BCP)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

Amos 7: 7-17 - "Locusts, Fire, Plumb Line"

7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,

“See, I am setting a plumb line
   in the midst of my people Israel;
   I will spare them no longer;
9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
   and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
   and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Amaziah Complains to the King

10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said,

‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
   and Israel must go into exile
   away from his land.’ ”

12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am[a] no prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I am[b] a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15 and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

16 “Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
   and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’
17 Therefore thus says the Lord:
Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city,
   and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
   and your land shall be parceled out by line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
   and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.”

Footnotes

  1. 7.14 Or was

  2. 7.14 Or was

 

Psalm 82 - "A Plea for Justice"

1 God has taken his place in the divine council;
   in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
   and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3 Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
   maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding;
   they walk around in darkness;
   all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 I say, “You are gods,
   children of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals
   and fall like any prince.”[a]

8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
   for all the nations belong to you!

Footnotes

  1. 82.7 Or fall as one man, O princes

 

Colossians 1: 1-14 - "Paul Thanks God for the Colossians"

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.[a]

3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the[b] Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7 This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our[c] behalf, 8 and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s[d] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, so that you may have all endurance and patience, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father,[e] who has enabled[f] you[g] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption,[h] the forgiveness of sins.

Footnotes

  1. 1.2 Other ancient authorities add and the Lord Jesus Christ

  2. 1.3 Other ancient authorities read thank the God and

  3. 1.7 Other ancient authorities read your

  4. 1.9 Gk his

  5. 1.12 Other ancient authorities read God the Father or the God and Father

  6. 1.12 Other ancient authorities read called

  7. 1.12 Other ancient authorities read us

  8. 1.14 Other ancient authorities add through his blood

 

Luke 10: 25-37 - "The Parable of the Good Samaritan"

25 An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to vindicate himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and took off, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came upon him, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Footnotes

  1. 10.25 Gk him

July 3, 2022: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (HE-BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

2 Kings 5: 1-14 - "The Healing of Naaman"

3 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from a skin disease. 2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his skin disease.” 4 So Naaman[a] went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5 And the king of Aram said, “Go, then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.”

He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his skin disease.” 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his skin disease? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”

8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God and would wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease! 12 Are not Abana[b] and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Footnotes

  1. 5.4 Heb he

  2. 5.12 Another reading is Amana

 

Psalm 30 - "Thanksgiving for Recovery"

1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.[a]

4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning.

6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   “I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed.

8 To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!”[b]

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy,
12 so that my soul[c] may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Footnotes

  1. 30.3 Or that I should not go down to the Pit

  2. 30.10 Or The Lord heard and was gracious to me; the Lord became my helper

  3. 30.12 Heb that glory

 

Galatians 6: 7-16 - "Bear One Another’s Burdens"

7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh, but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all and especially for those of the family of faith.

Final Admonitions and Benediction

11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which[a] the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. 15 For[b] neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything! 16 As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Footnotes

  1. 6.14 Or through whom

  2. 6.15 Other ancient authorities add in Christ Jesus

 

Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20 - "The Mission of the Seventy"

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way; I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’[b] 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’[c]

Footnotes

  1. 10.1 Other ancient authorities read seventy

  2. 10.9 Or is at hand for you

  3. 10.11 Or is at hand

June 26: Third Sunday after Pentecost (HC-BCP)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com):

 

2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14 - "Elijah Ascends to Heaven

1 Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and the two of them crossed on dry ground.

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing, yet if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Elisha Succeeds Elijah

13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water. He said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? Where is he?” He struck the water again, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha crossed over.

 

Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20 - "God-Judge of All the Earth"

1 I cry aloud to God,
   aloud to God, that he may hear me.
2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
   in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
   my soul refuses to be comforted.


11 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
   I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all your work
   and muse on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
   What god is so great as our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
   you have displayed your might among the peoples.
15 With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 When the waters saw you, O God,
   when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
   the very deep trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
   the skies thundered;
   your arrows flashed on every side.
18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
   your lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was through the sea,
   your path through the mighty waters,
   yet your footprints were unseen.
20 You led your people like a flock
   by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

Galatians 5: 1, 13-25 - "Nature of Christian Freedom"

1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,[a] but through love become enslaved to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

The Works of the Flesh

16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[b] drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Fruit of the Spirit

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ[c] have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

Footnotes

  1. 5.13 Gk the flesh

  2. 5.21 Other ancient authorities add murder

  3. 5.24 Other ancient authorities read Christ Jesus

 

Luke 9: 51-62 - "A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus"

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to prepare for his arrival, 53 but they did not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then[b] they went on to another village.

Would-Be Followers of Jesus

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus[c] said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 And Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Footnotes

  1. 9.54 Other ancient authorities add as Elijah did

  2. 9.56 Other ancient authorities read rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what spirit you are of, for the Son of Man has not come to destroy the lives of humans but to save them.” Then

  3. 9.60 Gk he

June 19: Second Sunday after Pentecost (HE-BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com): 

 

1 Kings 19: 1-4, 8-15a - "Elijah Flees from Jezebel"

1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid;[a] he got up and fled for his life and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.

4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 

 

8 He got up and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts, for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

Elijah Meets God at Horeb

11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake, 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts, for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus;

 

Psalm 22: 19-28 - "The Servant of God Forsaken”

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life[a] from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued[b] me.
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;[c]
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me[d]
   but heard when I[e] cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26 The poor[f] shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.[g]
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations.

Footnotes

  1. 22.20 Heb my only one

  2. 22.21 Heb answered

  3. 22.22 Or kindred

  4. 22.24 Heb him

  5. 22.24 Heb he

  6. 22.26 Or afflicted

  7. 22.27 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb you

 

Galatians 3: 23-29 - "The Purpose of the Law"

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be reckoned as righteous[a] by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring,[b] heirs according to the promise.

Footnotes

  1. 3.24 Or be justified

  2. 3.29 Gk seed

 

Luke 8: 26-39 - "Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac"

26 Then they arrived at the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on shore, a man from the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had not worn[b] any clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, shouting, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me,” 29 for Jesus[c] had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding, and the demons[d] begged Jesus[e] to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd stampeded down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34 When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37 Then the whole throng of people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes[f] asked Jesus[g] to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might be with him, but Jesus[h] sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Footnotes

  1. 8.26 Other ancient authorities read Gadarenes or Gergesenes

  2. 8.27 Other ancient authorities read a man from the town who had had demons for a long time met him. He was not wearing

  3. 8.29 Gk he

  4. 8.32 Gk they

  5. 8.32 Gk him

  6. 8.37 Other ancient authorities read Gadarenes or Gergesenes

  7. 8.37 Gk him

  8. 8.38 Gk he

June 12: First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday (HC-BCP)

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Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31 - "The Gifts of Wisdom"

1 Does not wisdom call
   and understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights, beside the way,
   at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,
   at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4 “To you, O people, I call,
   and my cry is to all who live.


22 “The Lord created me at the beginning[a] of his work,[b]
   the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
   at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
   when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
   before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields[c]
   or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
   when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
   when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
   so that the waters might not transgress his command,
   when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30  then I was beside him, like a master worker,[d]
    and I was daily his[e] delight,
   playing before him always,
31 playing in his inhabited world
  and delighting in the human race.

Footnotes

  1. 8.22 Or me as the beginning

  2. 8.22 Heb way

  3. 8.26 Meaning of Heb uncertain

  4. 8.30 Or little child

  5. 8.30 Gk: Heb lacks his

 

Psalm 8 - "Divine Majesty, Human Dignity"

1 O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
2     Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are humans that you are mindful of them,
   mortals[a] that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God[b]
   and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Footnotes

  1. 8.4 Heb son of man

  2. 8.5 Or than the divine beings or angels

 

Romans 5: 1-5 - "Results of Justification"

5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access[b] to this grace in which we stand, and we[c] boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we[d] also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Footnotes

  1. 5.1 Other ancient authorities read let us

  2. 5.2 Other ancient authorities add by faith

  3. 5.2 Or let us

  4. 5.3 Or let us

 

John 16: 12-15 - "The Work of the Spirit"

5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access[b] to this grace in which we stand, and we[c] boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we[d] also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Footnotes

  1. 5.1 Other ancient authorities read let us

  2. 5.2 Other ancient authorities add by faith

  3. 5.2 Or let us

  4. 5.3 Or let us

June 5:  Day of Pentecost (Morning Prayer - BAS)

Scriptures NRSV (from biblegateway.com)

 

Acts 2: 1-21 - "The Coming of the Holy Spirit"

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every people under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Fellow Jews[a] and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
   and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
   and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit,
       and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
   and signs on the earth below,
       blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood,
       before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Footnotes

  1. 2.14 Gk Men, Judeans

 

Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b - "God the Creator and Provider"

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom you have made them all;
   the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, great and wide;
   creeping things innumerable are there,
   living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships
   and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you
   to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
   when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
   when you take away their breath, they die
   and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit,[a] they are created,
   and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
   who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 104.30 Or your breath

 

35b Bless the Lord, O my soul.
    Praise the Lord!

 

Romans 8: 14-17 - "Life in the Spirit"

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba![a] Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness[b] with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if we in fact suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Footnotes

  1. 8.15 Aramaic for Father

  2. 8.16 Or a spirit of adoption, by which we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness

 

John 14: 8-17 - "Jesus the Way to the Father"

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, but if you do not, then believe[a] because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me[b] for anything, I will do it.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep[c] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[d] to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he abides with you, and he will be[e] in[f] you.

Footnotes

  1. 14.11 Other ancient authorities add me

  2. 14.14 Other ancient authorities lack me

  3. 14.15 Other ancient authorities read me, keep

  4. 14.16 Or Helper or Comforter

  5. 14.17 Other ancient authorities read he is

  6. 14.17 Or among