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April 21

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 99

1 The LORD reigneth;
let the people tremble!
He sitteth between the cherubims;
let the earth be moved!
2 The LORD is great in Zion,
and He is high above all the people.
3 Let them praise Thy great and fearsome name,
for it is holy.

4 The King's strength also loveth judgment;
Thou dost establish equity; Thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye the LORD our God,
and worship at His footstool, for He is holy!

6 Moses and Aaron are among His priests, and Samuel among them that call upon His name;
they called upon the LORD, and He answered them.
7 He spoke unto them in the cloudy pillar;
they kept His testimonies and the ordinance that He gave them.
8 Thou didst answer them, O LORD our God;
Thou wast a God that forgavest them, though Thou took vengeance on their inventions.
9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy hill;
for the LORD our God is holy.

Mark 3:1-12

1 And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched Him to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said unto the man who had the withered hand,

"Stand forth."

4 And He said unto them,

"Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?"

But they held their peace. 5 And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man,

"Stretch forth thine hand."

And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

7 But Jesus withdrew Himself with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea, 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan. And those from around Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things He did, came unto Him. 9 And He spoke to His disciples that a small boat should await Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him. 10 For He had healed many, insomuch that they pressed upon Him to touch Him, as many as had plagues. 11 And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried, saying, "Thou art the Son of God!" 12 And He strictly charged them that they should not make Him known.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 

23 For I have received from the Lord that which also I delivered unto you: that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner also He took the cup when He had supped, saying, "This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death until He come. 

27 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and then let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 

33 Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home, that ye come not together unto condemnation. 

And the rest will I set in order when I come.

Ruth 2:15-23

15 And when she had risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not. 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls purposely for her; and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not."

17 So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned; and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city; and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned; and she brought it forth and gave to her what she had reserved after she was sufficed. 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, "Where hast thou gleaned today? And where wroughtest thou? Blessed be he that took notice of thee." And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, "The man's name with whom I wrought today is Boaz." 20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, "Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead." And Naomi said unto her, "The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen." 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, "He said unto me also, `Thou shalt keep fast by my young men until they have ended all my harvest.'" 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field." 23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest, and dwelt with her mother-in-law.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 5:18-19

Behold that which I have seen: It is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him; for it is his portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God. 


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