Weekly Scripture Readings

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Psalm 27

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation.  Should I fear anyone?
    The Lord is a fortress protecting my life.
        Should I be frightened of anything?
When evildoers come at me trying to eat me up—
    it’s they, my foes and my enemies, who stumble and fall!
If an army camps against me, my heart won’t be afraid.
    If war comes up against me, I will continue to trust in this:
    I have asked one thing from the Lord—
    it’s all I seek: to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
        seeing the Lord’s beauty and constantly adoring his temple.
Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling
    during troubling times; he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent; he will set me up high, safe on a rock.
Now my head is higher than the enemies surrounding me,
    and I will offer sacrifices in God’s tent - sacrifices with shouts of joy!  I will sing and praise the Lord.  Lord, listen to my voice when I cry out - have mercy on me and answer me!
Come, my heart says, seek God’s face.  Lord, I do seek your face!
Please don’t hide it from me!  Don’t push your servant aside angrily - you have been my help!
    God who saves me, don’t neglect me! Don’t leave me all alone!
10 Even if my father and mother left me all alone, the Lord would take me in. 
11 Lord, teach me your way; because of my opponents, lead me on a good path. 
12 Don’t give me over to the desires of my enemies, because false witnesses and violent accusers
    have taken their stand against me. 
13 But I have sure faith
    that I will experience the Lord’s goodness
    in the land of the living!
14 Hope in the Lord!   Be strong! Let your heart take courage!
        Hope in the Lord!


Luke 13:31-35


Sorrow for Jerusalem

31 At that time, some Pharisees approached Jesus and said, “Go! Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.”
32 Jesus said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m throwing out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work. 33 However, it’s necessary for me to travel today, tomorrow, and the next day because it’s impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’
34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your people just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that. 35 Look, your house is abandoned. I tell you, you won’t see me until the time comes when you say, Blessings on the one who comes in the Lord’s name.”