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Lectionary Reading 12/23/14

Morning psalm 146

1   Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2   I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

3   Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4   When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.

5   Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
6   who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
7        who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

     The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8        the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
9   The LORD watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10  The LORD will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD!

EVENING PSALM 85

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.
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