Sunday 13 April 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 13 April 2008

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Exodus 28:1-4, 30-38

Then bring near to you your brother Aaron, and his sons with him, from
among the Israelites, to serve me as priests-Aaron and Aaron's sons,
Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2You shall make sacred vestments
for the glorious adornment of your brother Aaron. 3And you shall speak
to all who have ability, whom I have endowed with skill, that they make
Aaron's vestments to consecrate him for my priesthood. 4These are the
vestments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a
chequered tunic, a turban, and a sash. When they make these sacred
vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests,
30In the breastpiece of judgement you shall put the Urim and the
Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron's heart when he goes in before the
Lord; thus Aaron shall bear the judgement of the Israelites on his heart
before the Lord continually. 
Other Priestly Vestments31 You shall make the robe of the ephod all of
blue. 32It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with
a woven binding round the opening, like the opening in a coat of mail,*
so that it may not be torn. 33On its lower hem you shall make
pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all round the lower
hem, with bells of gold between them all round- 34a golden bell and a
pomegranate alternating all round the lower hem of the robe. 35Aaron
shall wear it when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he
goes into the holy place before the Lord, and when he comes out, so that
he may not die. 
36 You shall make a rosette of pure gold, and engrave on it, like the
engraving of a signet, 'Holy to the Lord.' 37You shall fasten it on the
turban with a blue cord; it shall be on the front of the turban. 38It
shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take on himself any guilt
incurred in the holy offering that the Israelites consecrate as their
sacred donations; it shall always be on his forehead, in order that they
may find favour before the Lord.
1 John 2:18-29

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is
coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is
the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not belong to us;
for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by
going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. 20But you
have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge.* 21I
write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you
know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the
liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ?* This is the
antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who
denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the
Father also. 24Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If
what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in
the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he has promised us,*
eternal life. 
26 I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you.
27As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you,
and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches
you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has
taught you, abide in him.* 
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed
we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming.

Children of God29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that
everyone who does right has been born of him.
Mark 6:30-44

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done
and taught. 31He said to them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by
yourselves and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they
had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a
deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized
them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived
ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had
compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his
disciples came to him and said, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour
is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the
surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to
eat.' 37But he answered them, 'You give them something to eat.' They
said to him, 'Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii* worth of bread,
and give it to them to eat?' 38And he said to them, 'How many loaves
have you? Go and see.' When they had found out, they said, 'Five, and
two fish.' 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in
groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and
of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to
heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples
to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.
42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of
broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered
five thousand men.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 63:1-11, 98

Psalm 63:1-11

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
   my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
   as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
   beholding your power and glory. 
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
   my lips will praise you. 
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
   I will lift up my hands and call on your name. 

5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,*
   and my mouth praises you with joyful lips 
6when I think of you on my bed,
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 
7for you have been my help,
   and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. 
8My soul clings to you;
   your right hand upholds me. 

9But those who seek to destroy my life
   shall go down into the depths of the earth; 
10they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
   they shall be prey for jackals. 
11But the king shall rejoice in God;
   all who swear by him shall exult,
   for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 98

1O sing to the Lord a new song,
   for he has done marvellous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
   have gained him victory. 
2The Lord has made known his victory;
   he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 
3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
   to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
   the victory of our God. 

4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
   break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 
5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the sound of melody. 
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. 

7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   the world and those who live in it. 
8Let the floods clap their hands;
   let the hills sing together for joy 
9at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
   to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with equity.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 103

Psalm 103

1Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name. 
2Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and do not forget all his benefits- 
3who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases, 
4who redeems your life from the Pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
5who satisfies you with good as long as you live*
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

6The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed. 
7He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel. 
8The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
9He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger for ever. 
10He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities. 
11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; 
12as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us. 
13As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. 
14For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust. 

15As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more. 
17But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children's children, 
18to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments. 

19The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all. 
20Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   obedient to his spoken word. 
21Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
   his ministers that do his will. 
22Bless the Lord, all his works,
   in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. 

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