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Bible Readings

Psalm 66:1-9

1Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 2sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. 3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 4All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.” Selah 5Come and see what God has done: he…

2 Kings 21:1-15

1Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, following the abominable practices of the nations that the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. 3For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he…

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

​Peter and Paul, Apostles 6As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on…

Psalm 140

1Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; protect me from those who are violent, 2who plan evil things in their minds and stir up wars continually. 3They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s, and under their lips is the venom of vipers. Selah 4Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent who have planned my…

1 John 2:7-11

​7Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9Whoever says, “I am…

Galatians 5:1, 13-25

​Third Sunday after Pentecost 1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single…

Deuteronomy 32:15-27, 39-43

​15Jacob ate his fill; Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked. You grew fat, bloated, and gorged! He abandoned God who made him, and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation. 16They made him jealous with strange gods, with abhorrent things they provoked him. 17They sacrificed to demons, not God, to deities they had never known, to new ones recently arrived, whom your ancestors…

Malachi 3:1-4

​John the Baptist 1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?…

2 Corinthians 13:5-10

​5Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! 6I hope you will find out that we have not failed. 7But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong — not that we may appear to…

Psalm 64

​1Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from the dread enemy. 2Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the scheming of evildoers, 3who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, 4shooting from ambush at the blameless; they shoot suddenly and without fear. 5They hold fast to their evil purpose; they talk…