Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

March 20, 2020

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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Hosea 14

1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God,
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD;
say unto Him, "Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, so will we offer the calves of our lips.
3 Assyria shall not save us;
we will not ride upon horses,
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, `Ye are our gods';
for in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy."

4 "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely,
for Mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel;
he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree,
and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return. They shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine;
the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, 'What have I to do any more with idols?'
I have heard him, and observed him;
I am like a green fir tree.
From Me is thy fruit found."
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them?
For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Psalm 81

1 Sing aloud unto God our strength;
make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel,
the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3 Blow the trumpet in the new moon,
at the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
4 For this was a statute for Israel,
and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This He ordained in Joseph as a testimony, when He went out through the land of Egypt,
where I heard a language that I understood not:
6 "I removed his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were delivered from the pots.
7 Thou called in trouble, and I delivered thee;
I answered thee in the secret place of thunder. I tested thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8 Hear, O My people, and I will testify unto thee,
O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto Me!
9 There shall be no strange god among thee;
neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 "But My people would not hearken to My voice,
and Israel would have none of Me.
12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust,
and they walked in their own counsels.
13 Oh that My people had hearkened unto Me,
and Israel had walked in My ways!
14 I should soon have subdued their enemies,
and turned My hand against their adversaries."

15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto Him,
but their time should have endured for ever.
16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat,
and, "With honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee."

Words of Worship - Ezekiel 18:31a

Cast away from you all your transgressions whereby ye have transgressed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

Mark 12:28-34 

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" 29 And Jesus answered him, 

"The first of all the commandments is: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength;' this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this: `Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." 

32 And the scribe said unto Him, "Well, Master, thou hast said the truth, for there is one God, and there is none other than He. 33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, He said unto him, 

"Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God." 

And no man after that dared ask Him any question.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 13:18

Poverty and shame shall be with him that refuseth instruction, 
but he that hath regard for reproof shall be honored.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 6:43-44a

"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit.

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