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Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

July 8

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 3

1 LORD, how they have increased that trouble me!
Many are they that rise up against me!
2 Many there be that say of my soul,
"There is no help for him in God."
3 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me,
my glory and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice,
and He heard me from His holy hill.

5 I laid me down and slept;
I awaked, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheekbone;
Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD.
Thy blessing is upon Thy people.

Luke 4:38-44

38 And He arose out of the synagogue and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever, and they besought Him for her. 39 And He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41 And devils also came out of many, crying out and saying, "Thou art Christ, the Son of God!" And He, rebuking them, suffered them not to speak; for they knew that He was Christ.

42 And when it was day, He departed and went into a desert place. And the people sought Him and came unto Him and would have stayed Him, that He should not depart from them. 43 But He said unto them,

"I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also, for therefore am I sent."

44 And He preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

Philippians 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmuring and disputing, 15 that ye may be blameless and unoffending, the sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world, 16 holding forth the Word of Life, that I may rejoice in the Day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. 17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am joyful and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same cause also be ye joyful, and rejoice with me.

Job 3

1 After this opened Job his mouth and cursed his day. 2 And Job spoke and said:

3 "Let the day perish wherein I was born,
and the night in which it was said, `There is a manchild conceived.'
4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above,
neither let the light shine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it;
let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year,
let it not come into the number of the months.
7 Lo, let that night be solitary;
let no joyful voice come therein.
8 Let them curse it that curse the day,
who are ready to raise up their mourning.
9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none;
neither let it see the dawning of the day,
10 because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb,
nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.

11 "Why died I not from the womb?
Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12 Why did the knees precede me,
or why the breasts that I should suck?
13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet,
I should have slept;
then would I have been at rest
14 with kings and counselors of the earth,
who built desolate places for themselves,
15 or with princes that had gold,
who filled their houses with silver;
16 or as a hidden untimely birth I would not have been,
as infants who never saw light.
17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
and there the weary be at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together;
they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there,
and the servant is free from his master.

20 "Why is light given to him that is in misery,
and life unto the bitter in soul,
21 who long for death but it cometh not,
and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;
22 who rejoice exceedingly,
and are glad when they can find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid,
and whom God hath hedged in?
24 For my sighing cometh before I eat,
and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me,
and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet;
yet trouble came."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 11:4

He that observeth the wind shall not sow, 
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.


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