Friday 3 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 3 March 2023 

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Deuteronomy 10:12-22

So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to
fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to
keep the commandments of the Lord your God* and his decrees that I am
commanding you today, for your own well-being. Although heaven and the
heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that
is in it, yet the Lord set his heart in love on your ancestors alone
and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples,
as it is today. Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do
not be stubborn any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and
Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial
and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow,
and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing.
You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land
of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall
worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear.
He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great
and awesome things that your own eyes have seen. Your ancestors went
down to Egypt seventy persons; and now the Lord your God has made you
as numerous as the stars in heaven.
Hebrews 4:11-16

Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one
may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints
from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the
heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and
laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. 

 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the
heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested* as
we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace
with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need.
John 3:22-36

After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside,
and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was
baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and
people kept coming and were being baptized— John, of course, had not
yet been thrown into prison.

 Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples
and a Jew.* They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who
was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is
baptizing, and all are going to him.’ John answered, ‘No one can
receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You
yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah,* but
I have been sent ahead of him.” He who has the bride is the
bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy
has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.’*
 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the
earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one
who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen
and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his
testimony has certified* this, that God is true. He whom God has sent
speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The
Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever
believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will
not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 95, 40, 54

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry. 
He drew me up from the desolate pit,*
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure. 
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the Lord. 

Happy are those who make
   the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after false gods. 
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
   none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
   they would be more than can be counted. 

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
   but you have given me an open ear.*
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
   you have not required. 
Then I said, ‘Here I am;
   in the scroll of the book it is written of me.* 
I delight to do your will, O my God;
   your law is within my heart.’ 

I have told the glad news of deliverance
   in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
   as you know, O Lord. 
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
   I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   from the great congregation. 

Do not, O Lord, withhold
   your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   keep me safe for ever. 
For evils have encompassed me
   without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
   until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
   and my heart fails me. 

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
   O Lord, make haste to help me. 
Let all those be put to shame and confusion
   who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
   who desire my hurt. 
Let those be appalled because of their shame
   who say to me, ‘Aha, Aha!’ 

But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
   say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!’ 
As for me, I am poor and needy,
   but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name,
   and vindicate me by your might. 
Hear my prayer, O God;
   give ear to the words of my mouth. 

For the insolent have risen against me,
   the ruthless seek my life;
   they do not set God before them.

But surely, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of* my life. 
He will repay my enemies for their evil.
   In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 

With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
   I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
   and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless when you pass judgement. 
Indeed, I was born guilty,
   a sinner when my mother conceived me. 

You desire truth in the inward being;*
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 
Let me hear joy and gladness;
   let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 
Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right* spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing* spirit. 

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise. 
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
   rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 
then you will delight in right sacrifices,
   in burnt-offerings and whole burnt-offerings;
   then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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