Bible readings for Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

First Sunday after Christmas Day, December 30, 2018

1 Samuel 2:18-20 26 (Samuel grew in favor with all); Psalm 148 (God’s splendor is over earth and heaven); Colossians 3:12-17 (Clothe yourselves in love); Luke 2:41-52 (Jesus increased in favor with all) (New American Bible (Revised Edition))

1 Samuel 2:18-20; 2:26

The Lord Rewards Hannah. 18 Meanwhile the boy Samuel, wearing a linen ephod, was serving in the presence of the Lord19 His mother used to make a little garment for him, which she would bring him each time she went up with her husband to offer the customary sacrifice. 20 And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, as they were leaving for home. He would say, “May the Lord repay you with children from this woman for the gift she has made to the Lord!”

26 Meanwhile, young Samuel was growing in stature and in worth in the estimation of the Lord and the people.

Psalm 148

All Creation Summoned to Praise


Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
    give praise, all you his hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
    you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the Lord’s name;
    for he commanded and they were created,
Assigned them their station forever,
    set an order that will never change.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all the deeps of the sea;
Lightning and hail, snow and thick clouds,
    storm wind that fulfills his command;
Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Animals wild and tame,
    creatures that crawl and birds that fly;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all who govern on earth;
12 Young men and women too,
    old and young alike.
13 Let them all praise the Lord’s name,
    for his name alone is exalted,
    His majesty above earth and heaven.
14 He has lifted high the horn of his people;
    to the praise of all his faithful,
    the Israelites, the people near to him.

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. 14 And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Luke 2:41-52

41 Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, 42 and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. 43 After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, 47 and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man

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