Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, April 16, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, April 16, 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.

Arise for the winter is past
8  Listen! My beloved!
     Look! Here he comes,
   leaping across the mountains,
     bounding over the hills.
9  My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
     Look! There he stands behind our wall,
   gazing through the windows,
     peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
     “Arise, my darling,
     my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
     the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
     the season of singing has come,
   the cooing of doves
     is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
     the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
   Arise, come, my darling;
     my beautiful one, come with me.”

14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,
     in the hiding places on the mountainside,
   show me your face,
     let me hear your voice;
   for your voice is sweet,
     and your face is lovely.
15 Catch for us the foxes,
     the little foxes
   that ruin the vineyards,
     our vineyards that are in bloom.

The new life in Christ
4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

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 THURSDAY, April 16, 2020
Psalm 16; Song of Solomon 2:8-15; Colossians 4:2-5

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