With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
This is the word of the Lord. Micah 6. 6-8
|R||Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart, O God,|
[I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance].
O that I could make them known and tell them!
but they are more than I can count.
In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure;
you have given me ears to hear you. R
Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required,
and so I said, "Behold, I come.
In the roll of the book it is written concerning me:
'I love to do your will, O my God
your law is deep in my heart.'" R
I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation;
behold, I did not restrain my lips,
and that, O Lord, you know.
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me. R From Psalm 40
As for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time -- he who is the blessèd and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.
This is the word of the Lord. 1 Timothy 6. 11-16Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.
This is the gospel of Christ. Luke 9. 51-56