Psalm 94-96 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God the Avenger of the Righteous
1 O Lord, you God of vengeance,
4 They pour out their arrogant words;
8 Understand, O dullest of the people;
12 Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
A Call to Worship and Obedience
1 O come, let us sing to the Lord;
6 O come, let us worship and bow down,
O that today you would listen to his voice!
Praise to God Who Comes in Judgment
1 O sing to the Lord a new song;
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
Romans 15:14-33 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Paul’s Reason for Writing So Boldly
14 I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters,[a] that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. 15 Nevertheless on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished[b] through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God,[c] so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news[d] of Christ. 20 Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news,[e] not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him shall see,
Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
22 This is the reason that I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, with no further place for me in these regions, I desire, as I have for many years, to come to you 24 when I go to Spain. For I do hope to see you on my journey and to be sent on by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; 26 for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things. 28 So, when I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been collected,[f] I will set out by way of you to Spain; 29 and I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing[g] of Christ.
30 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[h] by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in earnest prayer to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my ministry[i] to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 The God of peace be with all of you.[j] Amen.