Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daily Readings for September 19-25

Daily Lectionary For September 19–September 25, 2010
September 19 Nehemiah 2:11-20; 4:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:1-15
September 20 Nehemiah 4:7-23; 1 Timothy 3:1-16
September 21 St Matthew Nehemiah 5:1-16; 6:1-16; 1 Timothy 4:1-16
September 2 Nehemiah 7:1-4; 8:1-18; 1 Timothy 5:1-16; Ezra 1:1-10:19
September 23 Nehemiah 9:1-21; 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
September 24 Nehemiah 9:22-10:31; 1 Timothy 6:3-21
September 25 Malachi 1:1-14; Matthew 3:1-17


“Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king” (Proverbs 25:6–14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:1–6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:1–11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, “Friend, go up higher,” giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no end.

Collect: Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow You, the only God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Proverbs 25:6–14
Epistle: Ephesians 4:1–6
Holy Gospel: Luke 14:1–11

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