Scripture Reading for the
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October 2

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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.

John 1:29-34

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, `After me cometh a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.' 31 And I knew Him not; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore have I come baptizing with water."

32 And John bore record, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and It abode upon Him. 33 And I knew Him not. But He that sent me to baptize with water, the Same said unto me, `Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, the Same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.' 34 And I saw and bore record that this is the Son of God."

James 2:1-7

1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, 3 and ye have respect for him that weareth the grand clothing and say unto him, "Sit thou here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "Stand thou there," or, "Sit here under my footstool," 4 are ye not then partial in yourselves and have become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren: Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which He hath promised to those who love Him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you and drag you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called?

Ezekiel 3:12-21

12 Then the Spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, "Blessed be the glory of the LORD from His place." 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels opposite them, and a noise of a great rushing. 14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to those of the captivity at Telabib, who dwelt by the River of Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 

16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore hear the word out of My mouth, and give them warning from Me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, `Thou shalt surely die,' and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 33:21

For better it is that thy children should seek from thee, 
than that thou shouldest stand on their courtesy.

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