SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR JUNE 21, 2020 PENTECOST 3
LAY READER: Linda Holcomb
THE FIRST LESSON: 1st SAMUEL 16:1-7
THE WORD OF THE LORD
16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
HERE ENDS THE READING OF THE FIRST LESSON
PSALMODY: PSALM 139:1-18
P O Lord, you have searched me and known me! C You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
P You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. C Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
P You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. C Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
P Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? C If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
P If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, C even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
P If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” C even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
P For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. C I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
P My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. C Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
P How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! C If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
THE SECOND LESSON: HEBREWS 4:12-14
THE WORD OF THE LORD
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Jesus the Great High Priest. 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
HERE ENDS THE READING OF THE SECOND LESSON
THE GOSPEL: ST. MATTHEW 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
HERE ENDS TODAY’S GOSPEL READING