Liturgical Week, November 18th, 2012

Liturgy:  Week of November 18, 2012

Psalm of the Week:
Psalm 126

A Harvest of Joy
A Song of Ascents.
1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
‘The LORD has done great things for them.’
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.

Daily Scripture:

Sunday, November 18, 2012: John 16: 29-33
29 His disciples said, ‘Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! 30Now we know that you know
all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.’ 31Jesus answered
them, ‘Do you now believe? 32The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his
home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33I have said this to you, so that
in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’

Monday, November 19, 2012: Philippians 4: 4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is
near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012: Psalm 136
God’s Work in Creation and in History
1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2 O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
4 who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
5 who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
6 who spread out the earth on the waters,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
7 who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
10 who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
13 who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
16 who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
17 who struck down great kings,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
18 and killed famous kings,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
22 a heritage to his servant Israel,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
25 who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
26 O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012: Luke 14: 7-14
Humility and Hospitality
7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by
someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you
has been invited by your host; 9and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your
place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit down at the
lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in
the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble
themselves will be exalted.’
12 He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or
your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13But
when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they
cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

Thursday, November 22, 2012: Mark 8: 1-10
Feeding the Four Thousand
8In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2‘I
have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If
I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great
distance.’ 4His disciples replied, ‘How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?’ 5He asked them, ‘How
many loaves do you have?’ They said, ‘Seven.’ 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the
seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed
them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be
distributed.8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were
about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went
to the district of Dalmanutha.

Friday, November 23, 2012: Psalm 150
Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!

Saturday, November 24, 2012: Nehemiah 8: 5-11
5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened
it, all the people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’,
lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7Also
Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the
Levites, helped the people to understand the law, while the people remained in their places. 8So they read from the
book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said
to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they
heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions
of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to ourLORD; and do not be grieved, for the joy
of the LORD is your strength.’11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be
grieved.’

Centering Thought:
For what and whom are you thankful?

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