Saturday 9 April 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 9 April 2022 

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Exodus 10:21-11:8

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand towards heaven
so that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness that
can be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand towards heaven, and
there was dense darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.
People could not see one another, and for three days they could not
move from where they were; but all the Israelites had light where they
lived. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses, and said, ‘Go, worship the Lord.
Only your flocks and your herds shall remain behind. Even your
children may go with you.’ But Moses said, ‘You must also let us
have sacrifices and burnt-offerings to sacrifice to the Lord our God.
Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind,
for we must choose some of them for the worship of the Lord our God,
and we will not know what to use to worship the Lord until we arrive
there.’ But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was
unwilling to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, ‘Get away from
me! Take care that you do not see my face again, for on the day you
see my face you shall die.’ Moses said, ‘Just as you say! I will
never see your face again.’
The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will bring one more plague upon Pharaoh
and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go from here; indeed, when
he lets you go, he will drive you away. Tell the people that every man
is to ask his neighbour and every woman is to ask her neighbour for
objects of silver and gold.’ The Lord gave the people favour in the
sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, Moses himself was a man of great
importance in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s
officials, and in the sight of the people.

 Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: About midnight I will go out
through Egypt. Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from
the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of
the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of
the livestock. Then there will be a loud cry throughout the whole land
of Egypt, such as has never been nor will ever be again. But not a dog
shall growl at any of the Israelites—not at people, not at
animals—so that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction
between Egypt and Israel. Then all these officials of yours shall come
down to me, and bow low to me, saying, “Leave us, you and all the
people who follow you.” After that I will leave.’ And in hot anger
he left Pharaoh.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance
with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe,
and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord
Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into
his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it
extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the
glory of God.
 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting
away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight
momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory
beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at
what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what
cannot be seen is eternal.
Mark 10:46-52

They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were
leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was
sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on
me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even
more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still
and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying
to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off
his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him,
‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him,
‘My teacher,* let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your
faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and
followed him on the way.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 137, 144

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon—
   there we sat down and there we wept
   when we remembered Zion. 
On the willows* there
   we hung up our harps. 
For there our captors
   asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
   ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ 

How could we sing the Lord’s song
   in a foreign land? 
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
   let my right hand wither! 
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
   if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
   above my highest joy. 

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
   the day of Jerusalem’s fall,
how they said, ‘Tear it down! Tear it down!
   Down to its foundations!’ 
O daughter Babylon, you devastator!*
   Happy shall they be who pay you back
   what you have done to us! 
Happy shall they be who take your little ones
   and dash them against the rock!

Psalm 144

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
   who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; 
my rock* and my fortress,
   my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
   who subdues the peoples* under me. 

O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them,
   or mortals that you think of them? 
They are like a breath;
   their days are like a passing shadow. 

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
   touch the mountains so that they smoke. 
Make the lightning flash and scatter them;
   send out your arrows and rout them. 
Stretch out your hand from on high;
   set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters,
   from the hand of aliens, 
whose mouths speak lies,
   and whose right hands are false. 

I will sing a new song to you, O God;
   upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you, 
the one who gives victory to kings,
   who rescues his servant David. 
Rescue me from the cruel sword,
   and deliver me from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
   and whose right hands are false. 

May our sons in their youth
   be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars,
   cut for the building of a palace. 
May our barns be filled
   with produce of every kind;
may our sheep increase by thousands,
   by tens of thousands in our fields, 
   and may our cattle be heavy with young.
May there be no breach in the walls,* no exile,
   and no cry of distress in our streets. 

Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall;
   happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 42, 43

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God. 
My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God? 
My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,*
   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival. 
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God. 

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar. 
Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me. 
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life. 

I say to God, my rock,
   ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?’ 
As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
   against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
   deliver me! 
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because of the oppression of the enemy? 

O send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
   and to your dwelling. 
Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
   O God, my God. 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

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