Friday 8 April 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 8 April 2022 

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Exodus 9:13-35

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Rise up early in the morning and
present yourself before Pharaoh, and say to him, “Thus says the
Lord, the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, so that they may
worship me. For this time I will send all my plagues upon you
yourself, and upon your officials, and upon your people, so that you
may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. For by now I
could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with
pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. But this
is why I have let you live: to show you my power, and to make my name
resound through all the earth. You are still exalting yourself against
my people, and will not let them go. Tomorrow at this time I will
cause the heaviest hail to fall that has ever fallen in Egypt from the
day it was founded until now. Send, therefore, and have your livestock
and everything that you have in the open field brought to a secure
place; every human or animal that is in the open field and is not
brought under shelter will die when the hail comes down upon them.”
’ Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried
their slaves and livestock off to a secure place. Those who did not
regard the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the
open field.

 The Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand towards heaven so
that hail may fall on the whole land of Egypt, on humans and animals
and all the plants of the field in the land of Egypt.’ Then Moses
stretched out his staff towards heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and
hail, and fire came down on the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the
land of Egypt; there was hail with fire flashing continually in the
midst of it, such heavy hail as had never fallen in all the land of
Egypt since it became a nation. The hail struck down everything that
was in the open field throughout all the land of Egypt, both human and
animal; the hail also struck down all the plants of the field, and
shattered every tree in the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where
the Israelites were, there was no hail.

 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘This
time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and I and my people are
in the wrong. Pray to the Lord! Enough of God’s thunder and hail! I
will let you go; you need stay no longer.’ Moses said to him, ‘As
soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to
the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so
that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. But as for you and
your officials, I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God.’ (Now
the flax and the barley were ruined, for the barley was in the ear and
the flax was in bud. But the wheat and the spelt were not ruined, for
they are late in coming up.) So Moses left Pharaoh, went out of the
city, and stretched out his hands to the Lord; then the thunder and
the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured down on the earth. But
when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had
ceased, he sinned once more and hardened his heart, he and his
officials. So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he would not let
the Israelites go, just as the Lord had spoken through Moses.
2 Corinthians 4:1-12

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this
ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things
that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s
word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to
the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel
is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the
god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep
them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who
is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.
For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who
has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear
that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from
us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not
driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not
destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the
life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we
live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that
the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is
at work in us, but life in you.
Mark 10:32-45

They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking
ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.
He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to
happen to him, saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the
Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to
the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and
kill him; and after three days he will rise again.’
 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to
him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’
And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And
they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one
at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not
know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink,
or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They
replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I
drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized,
you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not
mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the
Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them,
and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among
you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your
servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of
all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to
give his life a ransom for many.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 95, 22

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;* 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

>From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 141, 143

Psalm 141

I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me;
   give ear to my voice when I call to you. 
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
   and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. 

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
   keep watch over the door of my lips. 
Do not turn my heart to any evil,
   to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with those who work iniquity;
   do not let me eat of their delicacies. 

Let the righteous strike me;
   let the faithful correct me.
Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,*
   for my prayer is continually* against their wicked deeds. 
When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
   then they shall learn that my words were pleasant. 
Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,
   so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.* 

But my eyes are turned towards you, O God, my Lord;
   in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenceless. 
Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,
   and from the snares of evildoers. 
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
   while I alone escape.

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;
   answer me in your righteousness. 
Do not enter into judgement with your servant,
   for no one living is righteous before you. 

For the enemy has pursued me,
   crushing my life to the ground,
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead. 
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
   my heart within me is appalled. 

I remember the days of old,
   I think about all your deeds,
   I meditate on the works of your hands. 
I stretch out my hands to you;
   my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, O Lord;
   my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me,
   or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
   for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
   for to you I lift up my soul. 

Save me, O Lord, from my enemies;
   I have fled to you for refuge.* 
Teach me to do your will,
   for you are my God.
Let your good spirit lead me
   on a level path. 

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life.
   In your righteousness bring me out of trouble. 
In your steadfast love cut off my enemies,
   and destroy all my adversaries,
   for I am your servant.

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