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Second of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19: 13-22

 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 

17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 

18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 

19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 

20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. 

21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 

22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

2nd Reading: Hebrews 13: 9-18

9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 

11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 

12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 

13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 

14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 

16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 

17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. 

18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.

Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44

38 Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 

39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 

40 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” 

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 

42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 

43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 

44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
04 Aug 2015

Sunday Scripture Readings 8/9/15

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First of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st. Reading: Acts 19:1-12

1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 

2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 

3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 

4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” 

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 

6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 

7 Now the men were about twelve in all. 

8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 

9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 

10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 

11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 

12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

2nd. Reading: Hebrews 3:1-13

1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 

2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 

3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 

4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 

5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 

6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. 

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 

8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 

9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 

10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’

11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” 

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;

13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Gospel: Luke 14:15-24

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 

17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 

18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 

21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 

22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 

23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 

24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ “

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sayings of the Saints

Whoever does not wean oneself from the love of the world cannot taste the sweetness of God’s love.من لم يفطم نفسه من حب الدنيا لايستطيع أن يتذوق حلاوة محبة الله

— Saint Isaac the Syrian مار اسحق السرياني
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