Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Movement

The Daily Readings for September 28, 2012

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Hosea 11:1-9

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them. They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes. My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all. 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. 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.

Acts 22:17-29

"After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw Jesus saying to me, 'Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.' And I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the coats of those who killed him.' Then he said to me, 'Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" Up to this point they listened to him, but then they shouted, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live." And while they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and tossing dust into the air, the tribune directed that he was to be brought into the barracks, and ordered him to be examined by flogging, to find out the reason for this outcry against him. But when they had tied him up with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who is uncondemned?" When the centurion heard that, he went to the tribune and said to him, "What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen." The tribune came and asked Paul, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." The tribune answered, "It cost me a large sum of money to get my citizenship." Paul said, "But I was born a citizen." Immediately those who were about to examine him drew back from him; and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

Luke 6:27-38

"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 107: Part II Posuit flumina
33   The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34   A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35   He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
36   He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37   They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38   He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
39   Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40   (He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41   He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42   The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the LORD.

Psalm 108 Paratum cor meum

  My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
I will sing and make melody.
  Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; *
I myself will waken the dawn.
  I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
  For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *
save with your right hand and answer me.
  God spoke from his holy place and said, *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
10   Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me into Edom?
11   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
13   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 33 Exultate, justi

  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
  Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
  Sing for him a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
  For the word of the LORD is right, *
and all his works are sure.
  He loves righteousness and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
  He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and stores up the depths of the sea.
  Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
  For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10   The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11   But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12   Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13   The LORD looks down from heaven, *
and beholds all the people in the world.
14   From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
15   He fashions all the hearts of them *
and understands all their works.
16   There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17   The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
on those who wait upon his love,
19   To pluck their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
20   Our soul waits for the LORD; *
he is our help and our shield.
21   Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22   Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our trust in you.

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