Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Thursday, April 20, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Isaiah 25:1-5; 1 Peter 1:8b-12
(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 25:1-5
Praise for deliverance

1 Lord, you are my God;
     I will exalt you and praise your name,
  for in perfect faithfulness
     you have done wonderful things,
     things planned long ago.

2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
     the fortified town a ruin,
  the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
     it will never be rebuilt.

3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
     cities of ruthless nations will revere you.

4 You have been a refuge for the poor,
     a refuge for the needy in their distress,
  a shelter from the storm
     and a shade from the heat.
  For the breath of the ruthless
     is like a storm driving against a wall

5    and like the heat of the desert.
  You silence the uproar of foreigners;
     as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
     so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

1 Peter 1:8b-12
The promised salvation comes

1:8b and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

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 Thursday, April 20, 2023
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Isaiah 25:1-5; 1 Peter 1:8b-12

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