Friday, April 17, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, April 17, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, April 17, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Fullness of joy
1  Keep me safe, my God,
     for in you I take refuge.

2  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
     apart from you I have no good thing.”
3  I say of the holy people who are in the land,
     “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4  Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
     I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
     or take up their names on my lips.

5  Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
     you make my lot secure.
6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
     surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7  I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
     even at night my heart instructs me.
8  I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
     With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
     my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
     nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
     you will fill me with joy in your presence,
     with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

The beloved in the garden
5:9 How is your beloved better than others,
     most beautiful of women?
   How is your beloved better than others,
     that you so charge us?

10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
     outstanding among ten thousand.
11 His head is purest gold;
     his hair is wavy
     and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves
     by the water streams,
   washed in milk,
     mounted like jewels.
13 His cheeks are like beds of spice
     yielding perfume.
   His lips are like lilies
     dripping with myrrh.
14 His arms are rods of gold
     set with topaz.
   His body is like polished ivory
     decorated with lapis lazuli.
15 His legs are pillars of marble
     set on bases of pure gold.
   His appearance is like Lebanon,
     choice as its cedars.
16 His mouth is sweetness itself;
     he is altogether lovely.
   This is my beloved, this is my friend,
     daughters of Jerusalem.

6:1 Where has your beloved gone,
     most beautiful of women?
   Which way did your beloved turn,
     that we may look for him with you?

2  My beloved has gone down to his garden,
     to the beds of spices,
   to browse in the gardens
     and to gather lilies.
3  I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
     he browses among the lilies.

Witnesses to the risen Christ
15:1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary is a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, April 17, 2020
Psalm 16; Song of Solomon 5:9—6:3; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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