Thursday, November 19, 2009

Daily Readings November 21 - 27

Daily Lectionary

November 21 Daniel 2:1–23; Revelation 18:1–24

November 22 Daniel 2:24–49; Revelation 19:1–21

November 23 Daniel 3:1–30; Revelation 20:1–15

November 24 Daniel 4:1–37; Revelation 21:1–8

November 25 Daniel 5:1–30; Revelation 21:9–27

November 26 Daniel 6:1–28; Revelation 22:1–21

November 27 Isaiah 1:1–28; 1 Peter 1:1–12



The new church year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. “Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey.” Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be “The Lord, our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:5–8). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ’s body and blood, we also sing, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:1–9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for “Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11–14).

Collect for Beginning of the Church Year

Eternal Lord God, our Father, who by Your grace have this day permitted us to enter a new church year, we implore You to pour upon Your church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word, as becomes it, may not be bound, but have free course and be preached to the joy and upbuilding of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in the confession of Your name abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:5–8 [The Lord Our Righteousness]

Epistle: Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14 [Our salvation is nearer now]

Holy Gospel: Matthew 21:1–9 [Behold, your King is coming to you]

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