Friday, April 21, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, April 21, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Friday, April 21, 2023
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Isaiah 26:1-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I will call upon God
Dilexi, quoniam

1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of
      my supplication, *
    because he has inclined his ear to me whenever
      I called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me;
      the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
    I came to grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
    “O LORD, I pray you, save my life.”

4 Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
    our God is full of compassion.

12 How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.

14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.

16 O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
       you have freed me from my bonds.

17 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,

19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Heavenly Father, life, health, and daily strength come from You. Thank You for caring for our physical needs as well as our spiritual needs. Help us show our appreciation to You by what we say and do in Your presence, and in the presence of others. Help us remain faithful in troubling times, and hear our prayers in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
Isaiah 26:1-4
God sets up victory like bulwarks

26:1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
  We have a strong city;
     God makes salvation
     its walls and ramparts.

2 Open the gates
     that the righteous nation may enter,
     the nation that keeps faith.

3 You will keep in perfect peace
     those whose minds are steadfast,
     because they trust in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,
     for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
1 Peter 1:13-16
A holy life

1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Responsive Readings from the Common Book of Prayer (1789).

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2023, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2022 was Year A. 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 on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for Friday, April 21, 2023
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Isaiah 26:1-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16

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