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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 119:49-72
Exodus 33:1-23
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:17-20

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

Select one or more of the readings

Psalm 119

(49) Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. (50) My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. (51) The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from your law. (52) I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.

(53) Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. (54) Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. (55) In the night I remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law. (56) This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.

(57) You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. (58) I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (59) I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. (60) I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

(61) Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. (62) At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. (63) I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. (64) The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

(65) Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD. (66) Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. (67) Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. (68) You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

(69) Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. (70) Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. (71) It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. (72) The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Exodus 33

(1) Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants.' (2) I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. (3) Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.' (4) When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.

(5) For the LORD had said to Moses, 'Tell the Israelites, 'You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.'' (6) So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. (7) Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the 'tent of meeting.' Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. (8) And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.

(9) As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. (10) Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. (11) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. (12) Moses said to the LORD, 'You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, 'I know you by name and you have found favor with me.'

(13) If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.' (14) The LORD replied, 'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.' (15) Then Moses said to him, 'If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. (16) How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?'

(17) And the LORD said to Moses, 'I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.' (18) Then Moses said, 'Now show me your glory.' (19) And the LORD said, 'I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (20) But,' he said, 'you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.'

(21) Then the LORD said, 'There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. (22) When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. (23) Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.'

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

1 Thessalonians 2

(1) You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. (2) We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. (3) For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. (4) On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.

(5) You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed-- God is our witness. (6) We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, (7) but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. (8) We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

(9) Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. (10) You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. (11) For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, (12) encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Matthew 5

(17) Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (18) I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (19) Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (20) For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Seasonal Collect:  Fourth Sunday of Easter
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer   

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.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.

Closing Prayers   

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord