Read the Bible

August 19, 2022

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading


Psalm 29 The Message

  Bravo, God, bravo! Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
  In awe before the glory,
    in awe before God’s visible power.
  Stand at attention!
    Dress your best to honor him!

  God thunders across the waters,
  Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness-
  God, across the flood waters.

  God’s thunder tympanic,
  God’s thunder symphonic.

  God’s thunder smashes cedars,
  God topples the northern cedars.

  The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,
  The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

  God’s thunder spits fire.
  God thunders, the wilderness quakes;
  He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.

  God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
  A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
  We fall to our knees-we call out, “Glory!”

  Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
    from which his power flows,
    from which he rules the world.

  God makes his people strong.
  God gives his people peace.


John 13:1-10

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”


Midday Prayer

God of grace,
you have given us minds to know you,
hearts to love you,
and voices to sing your praise.

Fill us with your Spirit,
that we may celebrate your glory
and worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


1 Peter 5:10-11 NIV

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.