Reading for the Day
Acts 17:15, 22--18:1
- 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
- 22 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op'agus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
- 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
- 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man,
- 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.
- 26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation,
- 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us,
- 28 for `In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.'
- 29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.
- 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,
- 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."
- 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."
- 33 So Paul went out from among them.
- 34 But some men joined him and believed, among them Dionys'ius the Are-op'agite and a woman named Dam'aris and others with them.
- 1 After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.
Psalms 149(148):1-2, 11-14
Response: Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
- 1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights!
- 2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! R
- 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
- 12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children! R
- 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
- 14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD! R
Gospel for the Day
- 12 "I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
- 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
- 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
- 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
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