Sunday 23 April 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 23 April 2023 

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Daniel 4:1-18

King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages that live
throughout the earth: May you have abundant prosperity! The signs and
wonders that the Most High God has worked for me I am pleased to
How great are his signs,
   how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
   and his sovereignty is from generation to generation.

 *I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living at ease in my home and prospering in
my palace. I saw a dream that frightened me; my fantasies in bed and
the visions of my head terrified me. So I made a decree that all the
wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, in order that they
might tell me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, the
enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the diviners came in, and I told them
the dream, but they could not tell me its interpretation. At last
Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the
name of my god, and who is endowed with a spirit of the holy
gods*—and I told him the dream: ‘O Belteshazzar, chief of the
magicians, I know that you are endowed with a spirit of the holy gods*
and that no mystery is too difficult for you. Hear* the dream that I
saw; tell me its interpretation. 
*Upon my bed this is what I saw;
   there was a tree at the centre of the earth,
   and its height was great. 
The tree grew great and strong,
   its top reached to heaven,
   and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth. 
Its foliage was beautiful,
   its fruit abundant,
   and it provided food for all.
The animals of the field found shade under it,
   the birds of the air nested in its branches,
   and from it all living beings were fed. 

 ‘I continued looking, in the visions of my head as I lay in bed,
and there was a holy watcher, coming down from heaven. He cried aloud
and said:
“Cut down the tree and chop off its branches,
   strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit.
Let the animals flee from beneath it
   and the birds from its branches. 
But leave its stump and roots in the ground,
   with a band of iron and bronze,
   in the tender grass of the field.
Let him be bathed with the dew of heaven,
   and let his lot be with the animals of the field
   in the grass of the earth. 
Let his mind be changed from that of a human,
   and let the mind of an animal be given to him.
   And let seven times pass over him. 
The sentence is rendered by decree of the watchers,
   the decision is given by order of the holy ones,
in order that all who live may know
   that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdom of mortals;
he gives it to whom he will
   and sets over it the lowliest of human beings.” 

 ‘This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now you,
Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation, since all the wise men of my
kingdom are unable to tell me the interpretation. You are able,
however, for you are endowed with a spirit of the holy gods.’
1 Peter 4:7-11

The end of all things is near;* therefore be serious and discipline
yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant
love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be
hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of
the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each
of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the
very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that
God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus
Christ. To him belong the glory and the power for ever and ever.
John 21:15-25
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon
son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him,
‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed
my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do
you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love
you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the
third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt
because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he
said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love
you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you,
when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go
wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your
hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you
where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of
death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him,
‘Follow me.’
 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them;
he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had
said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter
saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to
him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to
you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community* that this
disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not
die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is
that to you?’*

 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has
written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are
also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were
written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the
books that would be written.
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 114, 115

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.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is their God?’ 

Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!


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