Expressing God’s Love, Engaging in God’s Justice

1/15/15 Lectionary Readings

Daily Readings for Thursday, January 15, 2015

Morning Psalms 97; 147:12-20

First Reading Isaiah 41:17-29

Second Reading Ephesians 2:11-22

Gospel Reading Mark 2:1-12

Evening Psalms 16; 62


1   The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
2   Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3   Fire goes before him,
and consumes his adversaries on every side.
4   His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5   The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.

6   The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
and all the peoples behold his glory.
7   All worshipers of images are put to shame,
those who make their boast in worthless idols;
all gods bow down before him.
8   Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O God.
9   For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

10  The LORD loves those who hate evil;
he guards the lives of his faithful;
he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11  Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!


1   Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2   I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

3   As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.

4   Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.

5   The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6   The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.

7   I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8   I keep the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9   Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10  For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11  You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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