OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah
you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the
circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to
live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to
nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they
take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind
sweeps them away like chaff. “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?”
says the Holy One. Lift up your
eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the
starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his
great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you
Why do you say,
Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do
you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD
is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow
tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to
the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and
weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will
renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and
not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This is the word of the Lord.
NEW TESTAMENT READING 1
when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the
gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am
simply discharging the trust committed
to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and
so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.
I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win
as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those
under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the
law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became
like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under
Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became
weak, to win the weak. I have become
all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do
all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes
into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do
it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone
running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a
blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I
myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
This is the Word of the Lord.
soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of
Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever,
and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began
to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town
gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also
drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew
who he was.
early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary
place, where he prayed. Simon and his
companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed:
“Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the
nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in
their synagogues and driving out demons.
Praise the LORD!
For it is good to sing praises to our
is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up
gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the
number of the stars;
gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord,
and abundant in power;
understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the
casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with
melody to our God on the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens
prepares rain for the earth;
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the
beasts their food,
the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not
in the strength of the horse,
pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the LORD takes
pleasure in those who fear him,
those who hope in his steadfast love.