Preparing for the Twenty-First
Sunday after Pentecost
Year C

Daily Readings for Thursday
October 31, 2019

Prayer

In your Son you seek out and save the lost, O God, 

and invite us to the banquet of your eternal home. 

Visit your people with the joy of salvation, 

that we may rejoice in the riches of your forgiveness 

and reach out in welcome to share with others 

the feast of your love. Amen.

 

Psalm 119:137-144

Grant me understanding

 

You are righteous, O Lord,

and your judgments are right.

You have appointed your decrees in righteousness

and in all faithfulness.

My zeal consumes me

because my foes forget your words.

Your promise is well tried,

and your servant loves it.

I am small and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,

and your law is the truth.

Trouble and anguish have come upon me,

but your commandments are my delight.

Your decrees are righteous forever;

give me understanding that I may live.

 

Jeremiah 33:14-26

The righteous branch

 

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

 

For thus says the Lord: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to make grain offerings, and to make sacrifices for all time.

 

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: Thus says the Lord: If any of you could break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night would not come at their appointed time, only then could my covenant with my servant David be broken, so that he would not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with my ministers the Levites. Just as the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will increase the offspring of my servant David, and the Levites who minister to me.

 

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: Have you not observed how these people say, “The two families that the Lord chose have been rejected by him,” and how they hold my people in such contempt that they no longer regard them as a nation? Thus says the Lord: Only if I had not established my covenant with day and night and the ordinances of heaven and earth, would I reject the offspring of Jacob and of my servant David and not choose any of his descendants as rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes, and will have mercy upon them.

 

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Shared suffering, unshaken hope

 

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

 

To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia:

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

 

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

 

 

Prayer

Holy God, 

all our worship is met by the cleansing gaze of your passion for justice. 

Enfold us in your grace 

that we may embody our devotion in acts of justice 

and in defense of the helpless, 

to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

Psalm 32:1-7

Praying in the time of trouble

 

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.    Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the guilt of my sin.    Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful

offer prayer to you;

at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters

shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.    Selah

 

Proverbs 15:8-11, 24-33

God welcomes the righteous

 

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.

There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,

but one who hates a rebuke will die.

Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,

how much more human hearts!

For the wise the path of life leads upward,

in order to avoid Sheol below.

The Lord tears down the house of the proud,

but maintains the widow’s boundaries.

Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,

but gracious words are pure.

Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,

but those who hate bribes will live.

The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,

but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.

The Lord is far from the wicked,

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,

and good news refreshes the body.

The ear that heeds wholesome admonition

will lodge among the wise.

Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,

but those who heed admonition gain understanding.

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and humility goes before honor.

 

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Shared suffering, unshaken hope

 

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

 

To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia:

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

 

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

 

 

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