Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, April 25, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Psalm 134; Proverbs 8:32—9:6; 1 Peter 2:1-3
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions
Psalm 134
Praise God day and night
Ecce nunc

1 Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
    you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.

2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
    the LORD who made heaven and earth bless
      you out of Zion.

Heavenly Father, You have joined us together in faith and love through our Lord Jesus Christ. We bless You today for binding our hearts to You and to all those who trust in Your Son as Savior. Guard our hearts and minds so we can always maintain that unity of spirit, of faith, and love that empowers us to serve You in ways beyond our understanding. Help us to open our hearts to receive into our midst those You have called to labor with us for the sake of Your kingdom. By Your Spirit help us to join in prayer for one another and Christians around the world through Jesus Christ, Who taught us to pray,
“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.”
Proverbs 8:32—9:6
Wisdom serves a meal

32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
      blessed are those who keep my ways.

33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
      do not disregard it.

34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
      watching daily at my doors,
      waiting at my doorway.

35 For those who find me find life
      and receive favor from the Lord.

36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
      all who hate me love death.”

1 Wisdom has built her house;
     she has set up its seven pillars.

2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
     she has also set her table.

3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
     from the highest point of the city,

4    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
  To those who have no sense she says,
5    “Come, eat my food
     and drink the wine I have mixed.

6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
     walk in the way of insight.”

1 Peter 2:1-3
Long for the pure spiritual milk

2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Psalm 134; Proverbs 8:32—9:6; 1 Peter 2:1-3

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