Sunday 16 March 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 16 March 2008 (Palm Sunday)

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Zechariah 9:9-12

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
   Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
   triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 
10He* will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
   and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
   and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth. 

11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
   I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
   today I declare that I will restore to you double.
1 Timothy 6:12-16

Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to
which you were called and for which you made* the good confession in the
presence of many witnesses. 13In the presence of God, who gives life to
all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius
Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment
without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15which he will bring about at the right time-he who is the blessed and
only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone
who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has
ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 24, 29

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it; 
2for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers. 

3Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place? 
4Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully. 
5They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
6Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.*

7Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
8Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle. 
9Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
10Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,*
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
   worship the Lord in holy splendour. 

3The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the Lord, over mighty waters. 
4The voice of the Lord is powerful;
   the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 
6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

7The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

9The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,*
   and strips the forest bare;
   and in his temple all say, 'Glory!' 

10The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever. 
11May the Lord give strength to his people!
   May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Bless 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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