Monday 25 April 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 25 April 2022  

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Exodus 14:21-31

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea
back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry
land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on
dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on
their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them,
all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the
morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down
upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He
clogged* their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The
Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is
fighting for them against Egypt.’
 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea,
so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their
chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over
the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the
Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea.
The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers,
the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not
one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through
the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on
their left.

 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel
saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that
the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and
believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
1 Peter 1:1-12

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia,
and Bithynia, who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and
sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be
sprinkled with his blood:

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great
mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice,*
even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold
that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in
praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although
you have not seen* him, you love him; and even though you do not see
him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and
glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the
salvation of your souls.

 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace
that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about
the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated,
when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and
the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving
not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been
announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy
Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!
John 14:1-17

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe* in God, believe also
in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it
were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for
you?* And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.’* Thomas said to
him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the
way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me,
you will know* my Father also. From now on you do know him and have
seen him.’

 Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be
satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this
time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has
seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not
believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words
that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells
in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the
works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me
will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works
than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you
ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in
my name you ask me* for anything, I will do it.
 ‘If you love me, you will keep* my commandments. And I will ask
the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,* to be with you for
ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,
because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he
abides with you, and he will be in* you.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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