Sunday 3 April 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 3 April 2022

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Exodus 3:16-4:12

Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, “The Lord,
the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,
has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has
been done to you in Egypt. I declare that I will bring you up out of
the misery of Egypt, to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the
Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land
flowing with milk and honey.” They will listen to your voice; and
you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to
him, “The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; let us now
go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, so that we may
sacrifice to the Lord our God.” I know, however, that the king of
Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.* So I
will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I
will perform in it; after that he will let you go. I will bring this
people into such favour with the Egyptians that, when you go, you will
not go empty-handed; each woman shall ask her neighbour and any woman
living in the neighbour’s house for jewellery of silver and of gold,
and clothing, and you shall put them on your sons and on your
daughters; and so you shall plunder the Egyptians.’
Then Moses answered, ‘But suppose they do not believe me or listen
to me, but say, “The Lord did not appear to you.” ’ The Lord
said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ He said, ‘A staff.’
And he said, ‘Throw it on the ground.’ So he threw the staff on
the ground, and it became a snake; and Moses drew back from it. Then
the Lord said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand, and seize it by the
tail’—so he reached out his hand and grasped it, and it became a
staff in his hand— ‘so that they may believe that the Lord, the
God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob, has appeared to you.’

 Again, the Lord said to him, ‘Put your hand inside your cloak.’
He put his hand into his cloak; and when he took it out, his hand was
leprous,* as white as snow. Then God said, ‘Put your hand back into
your cloak’—so he put his hand back into his cloak, and when he
took it out, it was restored like the rest of his body— ‘If they
will not believe you or heed the first sign, they may believe the
second sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or heed
you, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry
ground; and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become
blood on the dry ground.’

 But Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I have never been
eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to
your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’ Then the
Lord said to him, ‘Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute
or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will be
with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.’
Romans 12:1-21

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,* by the mercies of
God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to God, which is your spiritual* worship. Do not be conformed to this
world,* but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you
may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and

 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to
think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think
with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God
has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the
members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in
Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts
that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in
proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in
teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the
leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing
honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.*
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to

 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice
with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with
one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;* do not
claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but
take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible,
so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never
avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;* for it is
written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ No,
‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give
them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals
on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with
John 8:46-59

Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not
believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you
do not hear them is that you are not from God.’

 The Jews answered him, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a
Samaritan and have a demon?’ Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a
demon; but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. Yet I do not seek
my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very
truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ The
Jews said to him, ‘Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died,
and so did the prophets; yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will
never taste death.” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who
died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?’ Jesus
answered, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father
who glorifies me, he of whom you say, “He is our God”, though you
do not know him. But I know him; if I were to say that I do not know
him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his
word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw
it and was glad.’ Then the Jews said to him, ‘You are not yet
fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’* Jesus said to them,
‘Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.’ So they picked
up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the
Morning Psalms: Psalm 118

Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever! 

Let Israel say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let the house of Aaron say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let those who fear the Lord say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
   the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
   What can mortals do to me? 
The Lord is on my side to help me;
   I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in mortals. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in princes. 

All nations surrounded me;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me like bees;
   they blazed* like a fire of thorns;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
I was pushed hard,* so that I was falling,
   but the Lord helped me. 
The Lord is my strength and my might;
   he has become my salvation. 

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 
   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
   the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.’ 
I shall not die, but I shall live,
   and recount the deeds of the Lord. 
The Lord has punished me severely,
   but he did not give me over to death. 

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord. 

This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it. 

I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation. 
The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone. 
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvellous in our eyes. 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.* 
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.*
   We bless you from the house of the Lord. 
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar.* 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you. 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 145

Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever. 
Every day I will bless you,
   and praise your name for ever and ever. 
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable. 

One generation shall laud your works to another,
   and shall declare your mighty acts. 
On the glorious splendour of your majesty,
   and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
   and I will declare your greatness. 
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
   and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
The Lord is good to all,
   and his compassion is over all that he has made. 

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
   and all your faithful shall bless you. 
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
   and tell of your power, 
to make known to all people your* mighty deeds,
   and the glorious splendour of your* kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
   and your dominion endures throughout all generations. 

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
   and gracious in all his deeds.* 
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
   and raises up all who are bowed down. 
The eyes of all look to you,
   and you give them their food in due season. 
You open your hand,
   satisfying the desire of every living thing. 
The Lord is just in all his ways,
   and kind in all his doings. 
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
   to all who call on him in truth. 
He fulfils the desire of all who fear him;
   he also hears their cry, and saves them. 
The Lord watches over all who love him,
   but all the wicked he will destroy. 

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
   and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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