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Sunday 9 April 2023  (EASTER)

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Exodus 12:1-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month
shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first
month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that
on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a
lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall
be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your
lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from
the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth
day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel
shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and
put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they
eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it
roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not
eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with
its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain
until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall
burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on
your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it
hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the
land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in
the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of
Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a
sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I
will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the
land of Egypt.

 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate
it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall
observe it as a perpetual ordinance.
John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being
through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has
come into being in him was life,* and the life was the light of all
people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
overcome it.

 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a
witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through
him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the
light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the

 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet
the world did not know him. He came to what was his own,* and his own
people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed
in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born,
not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of

 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,* full of grace and
truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I
said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before
me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through
Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,* who
is close to the Father’s heart,* who has made him known. 
Morning Psalms: Psalm 148, 149, 150

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights! 
Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his host! 

Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars! 
Praise him, you highest heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created. 
He established them for ever and ever;
   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.* 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps, 
fire and hail, snow and frost,
   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars! 
Wild animals and all cattle,
   creeping things and flying birds! 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the earth! 
Young men and women alike,
   old and young together! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his glory is above earth and heaven. 
He has raised up a horn for his people,
   praise for all his faithful,
   for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 
Let them praise his name with dancing,
   making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
   he adorns the humble with victory. 
Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy on their couches. 
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
   and two-edged swords in their hands, 
to execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples, 
to bind their kings with fetters
   and their nobles with chains of iron, 
to execute on them the judgement decreed.
   This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament!* 
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 

Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp! 
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
   praise him with strings and pipe! 
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
   praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 113, 114

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
   praise the name of the Lord. 

Blessed be the name of the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore. 
>From the rising of the sun to its setting
   the name of the Lord is to be praised. 
The Lord is high above all nations,
   and his glory above the heavens. 

Who is like the Lord our God,
   who is seated on high, 
who looks far down
   on the heavens and the earth? 
He raises the poor from the dust,
   and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 
to make them sit with princes,
   with the princes of his people. 
He gives the barren woman a home,
   making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became God’s* sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

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