Scripture Readings for July 28, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Hosea 1:2-10 • Psalm 85 • Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)  •  Luke 11:1-13

Hosea 1:2-10
1:2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take
for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land
commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD."

1:3 So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him
a son.

1:4 And the LORD said to him, "Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish

the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of
the house of Israel.

1:5 On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."

1:6 She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the LORD said to him, "Name her
Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them.

1:7 But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the LORD

their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by
horsemen."

1:8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.

1:9 Then the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and

I am not your God."

1:10 Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which
can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them,
"You are not my people," it shall be said to them, "Children of the living God."

Psalm 85
85:1 LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

85:2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah

85:3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.

85:4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward
us.

85:5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all
generations?

85:6 Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?

85:7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.

85:8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his
people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

85:9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell

in our land.

85:10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss
each other.

85:11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down
from the sky.

85:12 The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

85:13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your
lives in him,

2:7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.

2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit
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according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe,
and not according to Christ.

2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

2:10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.

2:11 In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off

the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ;

2:12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him

through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

2:13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,

God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses,

2:14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this
aside, nailing it to the cross.

2:15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them,
triumphing over them in it.

2:16 Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of
observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.

2:17 These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

2:18 Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of
angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking,

2:19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and

held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

Luke 11:1-13
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples
said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."

11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your
kingdom come.

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.

11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And
do not bring us to the time of trial."

11:5 And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at
midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;

11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.'

11:7 And he answers from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been
locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'

11:8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his
friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he
needs.

11:9 "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find;

knock, and the door will be opened for you.

11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for
everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11:11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake
instead of a fish?

11:12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?

11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how

much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
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