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Thursday, November 30th, 2023
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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October 5 - Old & New Testament
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Isaiah 62,63,64

Zion's New Name

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,(a)
     for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication(b) shines out like the dawn,(c)
     her salvation(d) like a blazing torch.
2 The nations(e) will see your vindication,
     and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name(f)
     that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
3 You will be a crown(g) of splendor in the Lord 's hand,
     a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,(h)
     or name your land Desolate.(i)
But you will be called Hephzibah,[a](j)
     and your land Beulah[b];
for the Lord will take delight(k) in you,
     and your land will be married.(l)
5 As a young man marries a young woman,
     so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom(m) rejoices over his bride,
     so will your God rejoice(n) over you.

6 I have posted watchmen(o) on your walls, Jerusalem;
     they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord ,
     give yourselves no rest,(p)
7 and give him no rest(q) till he establishes Jerusalem
     and makes her the praise(r) of the earth.

8 The Lord has sworn(s) by his right hand
     and by his mighty arm:
"Never again will I give your grain(t)
     as food for your enemies,
and never again will foreigners drink the new wine
     for which you have toiled;
9 but those who harvest it will eat(u) it
     and praise the Lord ,(v)
and those who gather the grapes will drink it
     in the courts of my sanctuary."(w)

10 Pass through, pass through the gates!(x)
     Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!(y)
     Remove the stones.
Raise a banner(z) for the nations.

11 The Lord has made proclamation
     to the ends of the earth:(aa)
"Say to Daughter Zion,(ab)
     ‘See, your Savior comes!(ac)
See, his reward is with him,
     and his recompense accompanies him.'"(ad)
12 They will be called(ae) the Holy People,(af)
     the Redeemed(ag) of the Lord ;
and you will be called Sought After,
     the City No Longer Deserted.(ah)

God's Day of Vengeance and Redemption

1 Who is this coming from Edom,(a)
     from Bozrah,(b) with his garments stained crimson?(c)
Who is this, robed in splendor,
     striding forward in the greatness of his strength?(d)

"It is I, proclaiming victory,
     mighty to save."(e)

2 Why are your garments red,
     like those of one treading the winepress?(f)

3 "I have trodden the winepress(g) alone;
     from the nations no one was with me.
I trampled(h) them in my anger
     and trod them down in my wrath;(i)
their blood spattered my garments,(j)
     and I stained all my clothing.
4 It was for me the day of vengeance;(k)
     the year for me to redeem had come.
5 I looked, but there was no one(l) to help,
     I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm(m) achieved salvation for me,
     and my own wrath sustained me.(n)
6 I trampled(o) the nations in my anger;
     in my wrath I made them drunk(p)
     and poured their blood(q) on the ground."

Praise and Prayer

7 I will tell of the kindnesses(r) of the Lord ,
     the deeds for which he is to be praised,
     according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things(s)
     he has done for Israel,
     according to his compassion(t) and many kindnesses.
8 He said, "Surely they are my people,(u)
     children who will be true to me";
     and so he became their Savior.(v)
9 In all their distress he too was distressed,
     and the angel(w) of his presence(x) saved them.[a]
In his love and mercy he redeemed(y) them;
     he lifted them up and carried(z) them
     all the days of old.(aa)
10 Yet they rebelled(ab)
     and grieved his Holy Spirit.(ac)
So he turned and became their enemy(ad)
     and he himself fought(ae) against them.

11 Then his people recalled[b] the days of old,
     the days of Moses and his people—
where is he who brought them through the sea,(af)
     with the shepherd of his flock?(ag)
Where is he who set
     his Holy Spirit(ah) among them,
12 who sent his glorious arm(ai) of power
     to be at Moses' right hand,
who divided the waters(aj) before them,
     to gain for himself everlasting renown,(ak)
13 who led(al) them through the depths?(am)
Like a horse in open country,
     they did not stumble;(an)
14 like cattle that go down to the plain,
     they were given rest(ao) by the Spirit of the Lord .
This is how you guided your people
     to make for yourself a glorious name.

15 Look down from heaven(ap) and see,
     from your lofty throne,(aq) holy and glorious.
Where are your zeal(ar) and your might?
     Your tenderness and compassion(as) are withheld(at) from us.
16 But you are our Father,(au)
     though Abraham does not know us
     or Israel acknowledge(av) us;
you, Lord , are our Father,
     our Redeemer(aw) from of old is your name.
17 Why, Lord , do you make us wander(ax) from your ways
     and harden our hearts(ay) so we do not revere(az) you?
Return(ba) for the sake of your servants,
     the tribes that are your inheritance.(bb)
18 For a little while(bc) your people possessed your holy place,
     but now our enemies have trampled(bd) down your sanctuary.(be)
19 We are yours from of old;
     but you have not ruled over them,
     they have not been called[c] by your name.(bf)

1 [a]Oh, that you would rend the heavens(a) and come down,(b)
     that the mountains(c) would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
     and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name(d) known to your enemies
     and cause the nations to quake(e) before you!
3 For when you did awesome(f) things that we did not expect,
     you came down, and the mountains trembled(g) before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
     no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,(h)
     who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.(i)
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,(j)
     who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
     you were angry.(k)
     How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,(l)
     and all our righteous(m) acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,(n)
     and like the wind our sins sweep us away.(o)
7 No one(p) calls on your name(q)
     or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden(r) your face from us
     and have given us over(s) to[b] our sins.

8 Yet you, Lord , are our Father.(t)
     We are the clay, you are the potter;(u)
     we are all the work of your hand.(v)
9 Do not be angry(w) beyond measure, Lord ;
     do not remember our sins(x) forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
     for we are all your people.(y)
10 Your sacred cities(z) have become a wasteland;
     even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.(aa)
11 Our holy and glorious temple,(ab) where our ancestors praised you,
     has been burned with fire,
     and all that we treasured(ac) lies in ruins.
12 After all this, Lord , will you hold yourself back?(ad)
     Will you keep silent(ae) and punish us beyond measure?

Romans 12

Chapter 12

A Living Sacrifice

1 Therefore, I urge you,(a) brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,(b) holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform(c) to the pattern of this world,(d) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(e) Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is(f)—his good, pleasing(g) and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 For by the grace given me(h) I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,(i) 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body,(j) and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts,(k) according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,(l) then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;(m) 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;(n) 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;(o) if it is giving, then give generously;(p) if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9 Love must be sincere.(q) Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.(r) 10 Be devoted to one another in love.(s) Honor one another above yourselves.(t) 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,(u) serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope,(v) patient in affliction,(w) faithful in prayer.(x) 13 Share with the Lord's people who are in need.(y) Practice hospitality.(z)

14 Bless those who persecute you;(aa) bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.(ab) 16 Live in harmony with one another.(ac) Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.(ad)

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.(ae) Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.(af) 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.(ag) 19 Do not take revenge,(ah) my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d](ai) says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
     if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."[e](aj)

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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