Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

  March 30

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 79 

1 O God, the heathen have come into Thine inheritance; 
Thy holy temple have they defiled, they have laid Jerusalem in heaps. 
2 The dead bodies of Thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heavens, 
the flesh of Thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. 
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem, 
and there was none to bury them. 
4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, 
a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. 

5 How long, LORD? Wilt Thou be angry for ever? 
Shall Thy jealousy burn like fire? 
6 Pour out Thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known Thee, 
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon Thy name; 
7 for they have devoured Jacob 
and laid waste his dwelling place.

8 O remember not former iniquities against us; 
let Thy tender mercies go speedily before us, for we are brought very low. 
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name; 
and deliver us and purge away our sins, for Thy name's sake. 
10 Why should the heathen say, "Where is their God?" 
Let Him be known among the heathen in our sight by the avenging of the blood of Thy servants which is shed. 

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; 
according to the greatness of Thy power, preserve Thou those that are appointed to die. 
12 And render unto the bosom of our neighbors 
sevenfold their reproach wherewith they have reproached Thee, O Lord. 
13 So we Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture, will give Thee thanks for ever; 
we will show forth Thy praise to all generations.

Matthew 26:1-13

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples,

2 "Ye know that after two days is the Feast of the Passover, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified."

3 Then the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people assembled together unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and consulted that they might take Jesus by stealth and kill Him. 5 But they said, "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people."

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 there came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head as He sat at meat. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much and given to the poor." 10 When Jesus perceived this, He said unto them,

"Why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon Me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you, but Me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, which this woman hath done, be told as a memorial of her."

Romans 15:17-33

17 I have therefore cause that I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed, 19 through mighty signs and wonders by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem and round about into Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ. 20 Yea, so have I striven to preach the Gospel not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation; 21 but as it is written:

"To whom He was not spoken of, they shall see;
and they that have not heard shall understand."

22 For this cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you, 24 whensoever I make my journey into Spain I will come to you. For I trust to see you on my journey, and to be brought on my way thither by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. 25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26 For it hath pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints who are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily, and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers in their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28 When therefore I have performed this, and have secured to them this fruit, I will come to you on my way to Spain. 29 And I am sure that when I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.

30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those who do not believe in Judea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted by the saints, 32 and that I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

1 "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth; 2 and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God:

3 "Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy herds, the increase of thy cattle, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy stores. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7 "The LORD shall cause thine enemies who rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face; they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8 "The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

9 "The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God and walk in His ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The LORD shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath, if thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them. 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 10:6 

Bear not hatred against thy neighbor for every wrong, 
and do nothing at all by injurious practices.

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