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The Daily Readings for November 13, 2014

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.

Joel 1:15-2:11

Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes. Is not the food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed shrivels under the clods, the storehouses are desolate; the granaries are ruined because the grain has failed. How the animals groan! The herds of cattle wander about because there is no pasture for them; even the flocks of sheep are dazed. To you, O LORD, I cry. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flames have burned all the trees of the field. Even the wild animals cry to you because the watercourses are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness. Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near-- a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come. Fire devours in front of them, and behind them a flame burns. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, but after them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses, and like war-horses they charge. As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle. Before them peoples are in anguish, all faces grow pale. Like warriors they charge, like soldiers they scale the wall. Each keeps to its own course, they do not swerve from their paths. They do not jostle one another, each keeps to its own track; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls; they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief. The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. The LORD utters his voice at the head of his army; how vast is his host! Numberless are those who obey his command. Truly the day of the LORD is great; terrible indeed-- who can endure it?

Revelation 19:1-10

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants." Once more they said, "Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And from the throne came a voice saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who fear him, small and great." Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure"-- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God." Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Luke 14:25-35

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions. "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 78: Part I Attendite, popule

  Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
  I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
  That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, *
we will not hide from their children.
  We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, *
and the wonderful works he has done.
  He gave his decrees to Jacob and established a law for Israel, *
which he commanded them to teach their children;
  That the generations to come might know, and the children yet unborn; *
that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
  So that they might put their trust in God, *
and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments;
  And not be like their forefathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, *
a generation whose heart was not steadfast, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
  The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow, *
turned back in the day of battle;
10   They did not keep the covenant of God, *
and refused to walk in his law;
11   They forgot what he had done, *
and the wonders he had shown them.
12   He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13   He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
he made the waters stand up like walls.
14   He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15   He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16   He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.
17   But they went on sinning against him, *
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18   They tested God in their hearts, *
demanding food for their craving.
19   They railed against God and said, *
"Can God set a table in the wilderness?
20   True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed; *
but is he able to give bread or to provide meat for his people?"
21   When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath; *
a fire was kindled against Jacob, and his anger mounted against Israel;
22   For they had no faith in God, *
nor did they put their trust in his saving power.
23   So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
24   He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.
25   So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.
26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.
27   He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and wingéd birds like the sand of the sea.
28   He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.
29   So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.
30   But they did not stop their craving, *
though the food was still in their mouths.
31   So God's anger mounted against them; *
he slew their strongest men and laid low the youth of Israel.
32   In spite of all this, they went on sinning *
and had no faith in his wonderful works.
33   So he brought their days to an end like a breath *
and their years in sudden terror.
34   Whenever he slew them, they would seek him, *
and repent, and diligently search for God.
35   They would remember that God was their rock, *
and the Most High God their redeemer.
36   But they flattered him with their mouths *
and lied to him with their tongues.
37   Their heart was not steadfast toward him, *
and they were not faithful to his covenant.
38   But he was so merciful that he forgave their sins and did not destroy them; *
many times he held back his anger and did not permit his wrath to be roused.
39   For he remembered that they were but flesh, *
a breath that goes forth and does not return.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 78: Part II Quoties exacerbaverunt
40   How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness *
and offended him in the desert!
41   Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42   They did not remember his power *
in the day when he ransomed them from the enemy;
43   How he wrought his signs in Egypt *
and his omens in the field of Zoan.
44   He turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45   He sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
46   He gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47   He killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
48   He delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
49   He poured out upon them his blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress, a troop of destroying angels.
50   He gave full rein to his anger; he did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
51   He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52   He led out his people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53   He led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54   He brought them to his holy land, *
the mountain his right hand had won.
55   He drove out the Canaanites before them and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
he made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56   But they tested the Most High God, and defied him, *
and did not keep his commandments.
57   They turned away and were disloyal like their fathers; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
58   They grieved him with their hill-altars *
they provoked his displeasure with their idols.
59   When God heard this, he was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
60   He forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where he had lived among his people.
61   He delivered the ark into captivity, *
his glory into the adversary's hand.
62   He gave his people to the sword *
and was angered against his inheritance.
63   The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their maidens.
64   Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.
65   Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66   He struck his enemies on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
67   He rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68   He chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, which he loved.
69   He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which he founded for ever.
70   He chose David his servant, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71   He brought him from following the ewes, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob his people and over Israel his inheritance.
72   So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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