Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

March 29, 2020

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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Ezekiel 37:1-14 

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 and caused me to pass by them round about; and behold, there were very many in the open valley, and lo, they were very dry. 3 And He said unto me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, Thou knowest." 4 Again He said unto me, "Prophesy upon these bones and say unto them, `O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.'" 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. 

9 Then said He unto me, "Prophesy unto the wind. Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.'" 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 

11 Then He said unto me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, `Our bones are dried and our hope is lost. We are cut off from our parts.' 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 and shall put My Spirit in you and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land. Then shall ye know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it, saith the LORD.'"

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD;
2 LORD, hear my voice! Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities,
O LORD, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with Thee,
that Thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait,
and in His word do I hope. 6 My soul waiteth for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning--
I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.
8 And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Romans 8:1-11

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, 7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so it be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Words of Worship - John 11:25a

"I am the resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;

John 11:1-45

1 Now a certain man was sick named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick." 4 When Jesus heard that, He said,

"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 When He heard therefore that Lazarus was sick, He stayed two days still in the same place where He was. 7 Then after that He said to His disciples,

"Let us go into Judea again."

8 His disciples said unto Him, "Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee, and goest Thou thither again?" 9 Jesus answered,

"Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth because there is no light in him."

11 These things said He, and after that He said unto them,

"Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awaken him out of sleep."

12 Then said His disciples, "Lord, if he sleep he shall do well." 13 However Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He had spoken of the taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said unto them plainly,

"Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent that ye may believe. Nevertheless let us go unto him."

16 Then Thomas, who was called Didymus, said unto his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."

17 Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about two miles away, 19 and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him; but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then Martha said unto Jesus, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee." 23 Jesus said unto her,

"Thy brother shall rise again."

24 Martha said unto Him, "I know that he shall rise again at the resurrection on the Last Day." 25 Jesus said unto her,

"I am the resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

27 She said unto Him, "Yea, Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, who should come into the world."

28 And when she had so said, she went her way and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, "The Master has come, and calleth for thee." 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him. 31 The Jews then, who were with her in the house and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, "She goeth unto the grave to weep there." 32 Then when Mary had come where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died." 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled, 34 and said,

"Where have ye laid him?"

They said unto Him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, "Behold, how he loved him!" 37 And some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?" 38 Jesus therefore again, groaning in Himself, came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said,

"Take ye away the stone."

Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he hath been dead four days." 40 Jesus said unto her,

"Said I not unto thee that if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God?"

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,

"Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. 42 And I knew that Thou hearest Me always, but because of the people who stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me."

43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice,

"Lazarus, come forth!"

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them,

"Loose him, and let him go."

45 Then many of the Jews who came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed in Him.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 14:31

He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker, 
but he that honoreth Him hath mercy on the poor.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 11:9-10

And I say unto you: ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

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