Monday 10 April 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 10 April 2023

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Jonah 2:1-9

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,
‘I called to the Lord out of my distress,
   and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
   and you heard my voice. 
You cast me into the deep,
   into the heart of the seas,
   and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
   passed over me. 
Then I said, “I am driven away
   from your sight;
how* shall I look again
   upon your holy temple?” 
The waters closed in over me;
   the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head 
   at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
   whose bars closed upon me for ever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
   O Lord my God. 
As my life was ebbing away,
   I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
   into your holy temple. 
Those who worship vain idols
   forsake their true loyalty. 
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
   will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
   Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’
Acts 2:14,22-32

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed
them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known
to you, and listen to what I say.

 ‘You that are Israelites,* listen to what I have to say: Jesus of
Nazareth,* a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders,
and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves
know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan
and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of
those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from
death,* because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For
David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,
   for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
   moreover, my flesh will live in hope. 
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
   or let your Holy One experience corruption. 
You have made known to me the ways of life;
   you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

 ‘Fellow Israelites,* I may say to you confidently of our ancestor
David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to
this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an
oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.
Foreseeing this, David* spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah,*
“He was not abandoned to Hades,
   nor did his flesh experience corruption.” 
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
John 14:1-14
‘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.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 93, 98

Psalm 93

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
   the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved; 
   your throne is established from of old;
   you are from everlasting. 

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
   the floods have lifted up their voice;
   the floods lift up their roaring. 
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
   more majestic than the waves* of the sea,
   majestic on high is the Lord! 

Your decrees are very sure;
   holiness befits your house,
   O Lord, for evermore.

Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
   for he has done marvellous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
   have gained him victory. 
The Lord has made known his victory;
   he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
   to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
   the victory of our God. 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
   break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the sound of melody. 
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. 

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
   the world and those who live in it. 
Let the floods clap their hands;
   let the hills sing together for joy 
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
   to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with equity.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 66

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.* 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

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