June 28th, 2019

Irenaeus of Lyons, Pastor


First Reading: Joshua 3:1-17

 1And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

 2And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

 3And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

 4Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

 5And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

 6And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

 7And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

 8And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

 9And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.

 10And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

 11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.

 12Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.

 13And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

 14And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;

 15And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

 16That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

 17And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.


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Second Reading: Acts 9:1-22

 1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

 2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

 3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

 7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

 8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

 9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

 10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

 11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

 12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

 13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

 14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

 15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

 16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

 17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

 18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

 19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

 20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

 21But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

 22But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.


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