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Daily Readings For April 17

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Daily Readings for Monday, April 17, 2017


Morning Psalm 97

1   The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice;
          let the many coastlands be glad!
2   Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
          righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3   Fire goes before him,
          and consumes his adversaries on every side.
4   His lightnings light up the world;
          the earth sees and trembles.
5   The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
          before the Lord of all the earth.


6   The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
          and all the peoples behold his glory.
7   All worshipers of images are put to shame,
          those who make their boast in worthless idols;
          all gods bow down before him.
8   Zion hears and is glad,
          and the towns of Judah rejoice,
          because of your judgments, O God.
9   For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
          you are exalted far above all gods.


10  The LORD loves those who hate evil;
          he guards the lives of his faithful;
          he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11  Light dawns for the righteous,
          and joy for the upright in heart.
12  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
          and give thanks to his holy name!

Morning Psalm 145

1   I will extol you, my God and King,
          and bless your name forever and ever.
2   Every day I will bless you,
          and praise your name forever and ever.
3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
          his greatness is unsearchable.


4   One generation shall laud your works to another,
          and shall declare your mighty acts.
5   On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
          and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6   The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
          and I will declare your greatness.
7   They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
          and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.


8   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
          slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9   The Lord is good to all,
          and his compassion is over all that he has made.


10  All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
          and all your faithful shall bless you.
11  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
          and tell of your power,
12  to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
          and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
          and your dominion endures throughout all generations.


     The Lord is faithful in all his words,
          and gracious in all his deeds.
14  The Lord upholds all who are falling,
          and raises up all who are bowed down.
15  The eyes of all look to you,
          and you give them their food in due season.
16  You open your hand,
          satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17  The Lord is just in all his ways,
          and kind in all his doings.
18  The Lord is near to all who call on him,
          to all who call on him in truth.
19  He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
          he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20  The Lord watches over all who love him,
          but all the wicked he will destroy.


21  My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
          and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

First Reading Jonah 2:1-10

1Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,
2saying,
     “I called to the LORD out of my distress,
          and he answered me;
     out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
          and you heard my voice.
3   You cast me into the deep,
          into the heart of the seas,
          and the flood surrounded me;
     all your waves and your billows
          passed over me.
4   Then I said, ‘I am driven away
          from your sight;
     how shall I look again
          upon your holy temple?’
5   The waters closed in over me;
          the deep surrounded me;
     weeds were wrapped around my head
6        at the roots of the mountains.
     I went down to the land
          whose bars closed upon me forever;
     yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
          O LORD my God.
7   As my life was ebbing away,
          I remembered the LORD;
     and my prayer came to you,
          into your holy temple.
8   Those who worship vain idols
          forsake their true loyalty.
9   But I with the voice of thanksgiving
          will sacrifice to you;
     what I have vowed I will pay.
          Deliverance belongs to the LORD!”
10Then the LORD spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.

Second Reading Acts 2:14, 22-32

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know — 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him,
     'I saw the Lord always before me,
          for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
          moreover, my flesh will live in hope.
27  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
          or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28  You have made known to me the ways of life;
          you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
     ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
          nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

Gospel Reading John 14:1-14

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

Evening Psalm 124

1   If it had not been the LORD who was on our side
          — let Israel now say —
2   if it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
          when our enemies attacked us,
3   then they would have swallowed us up alive,
          when their anger was kindled against us;
4   then the flood would have swept us away,
          the torrent would have gone over us;
5   then over us would have gone
          the raging waters.


6   Blessed be the LORD,
          who has not given us
          as prey to their teeth.
7   We have escaped like a bird
          from the snare of the fowlers;
     the snare is broken,
          and we have escaped.


8   Our help is in the name of the LORD,
          who made heaven and earth.

Evening Psalm 115

1   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
          for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
2   Why should the nations say,
          “Where is their God?”


3   Our God is in the heavens;
          he does whatever he pleases.
4   Their idols are silver and gold,
          the work of human hands.
5   They have mouths, but do not speak;
          eyes, but do not see.
6   They have ears, but do not hear;
          noses, but do not smell.
7   They have hands, but do not feel;
          feet, but do not walk;
          they make no sound in their throats.
8   Those who make them are like them;
          so are all who trust in them.


9   O Israel, trust in the LORD!
          He is their help and their shield.
10  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
          He is their help and their shield.
11  You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
          He is their help and their shield.


12  The LORD has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
          he will bless the house of Israel;
          he will bless the house of Aaron;
13  he will bless those who fear the LORD,
          both small and great.


14  May the LORD give you increase,
          both you and your children.
15  May you be blessed by the LORD,
          who made heaven and earth.


16  The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
          but the earth he has given to human beings.
17  The dead do not praise the LORD,
          nor do any that go down into silence.
18  But we will bless the LORD
          from this time on and forevermore.
     Praise the LORD!