Sunday 6 April 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 6 April 2008  

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Exodus 18:1-12

Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that
God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how the Lord had
brought Israel out of Egypt. After Moses had sent away his wife
Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back, along with her two
sons. The name of one was Gershom (for he said, 'I have been an alien*
in a foreign land'), and the name of the other, Eliezer* (for he said,
'The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of
Pharaoh'). Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came into the wilderness where
Moses was encamped at the mountain of God, bringing Moses' sons and wife
to him. He sent word to Moses, 'I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming
to you, with your wife and her two sons.' Moses went out to meet his
father-in-law; he bowed down and kissed him; each asked after the
other's welfare, and they went into the tent. Then Moses told his
father-in-law all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians
for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had beset them on the way, and
how the Lord had delivered them. Jethro rejoiced for all the good that
the Lord had done to Israel, in delivering them from the Egyptians.

 Jethro said, 'Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you from the
Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all
gods, because he delivered the people from the Egyptians,* when they
dealt arrogantly with them.' And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a
burnt-offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders
of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.
1 John 2:7-17

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment
that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word
that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true
in him and in you, because* the darkness is passing away and the true
light is already shining. Whoever says, 'I am in the light', while
hating a brother or sister,* is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a
brother or sister* lives in the light, and in such a person* there is no
cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer* is in the
darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go,
because the darkness has brought on blindness. 
I am writing to you, little children,
   because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. 
I am writing to you, fathers,
   because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young people,
   because you have conquered the evil one. 
I write to you, children,
   because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
   because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
   because you are strong
   and the word of God abides in you,
     and you have overcome the evil one.

 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the
Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the
world-the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in
riches-comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and
its desire* are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for
Mark 16:9-20

Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first
to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out
and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and
weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her,
they would not believe it.
 After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were
walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they
did not believe them.
 Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the
table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness,
because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.* And
he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news* to
the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved;
but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will
accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons;
they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their
hands,* and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they
will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.'
 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into
heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and
proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and
confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.*
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 148, 149, 150

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights! 
Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his host! 

Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars! 
Praise him, you highest heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created. 
He established them for ever and ever;
   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.* 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps, 
fire and hail, snow and frost,
   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars! 
Wild animals and all cattle,
   creeping things and flying birds! 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the earth! 
Young men and women alike,
   old and young together! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his glory is above earth and heaven. 
He has raised up a horn for his people,
   praise for all his faithful,
   for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 
Let them praise his name with dancing,
   making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
   he adorns the humble with victory. 
Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy on their couches. 
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
   and two-edged swords in their hands, 
to execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples, 
to bind their kings with fetters
   and their nobles with chains of iron, 
to execute on them the judgement decreed.
   This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament!* 
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 

Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp! 
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
   praise him with strings and pipe! 
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
   praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 114, 115

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became God's* sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
Why should the nations say,
   'Where is their God?' 

Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

The heavens are the Lord's heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!

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