Daily Readings For April 15

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Daily Readings for Sunday, April 15, 2018


Morning Psalm 93

1   The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty;
          the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.
     He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
2        your throne is established from of old;
          you are from everlasting.


3   The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
          the floods have lifted up their voice;
          the floods lift up their roaring.
4   More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
          more majestic than the waves of the sea,
          majestic on high is the LORD!


5   Your decrees are very sure;
          holiness befits your house,
          O LORD, forevermore.

Morning Psalm 150

1   Praise the Lord!
     Praise God in his sanctuary;
          praise him in his mighty firmament!
2   Praise him for his mighty deeds;
          praise him according to his surpassing greatness!


3   Praise him with trumpet sound;
          praise him with lute and harp!
4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;
          praise him with strings and pipe!
5   Praise him with clanging cymbals;
          praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6   Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
     Praise the Lord!

First Reading Exodus 18:1-12

1Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back, 3along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been an alien in a foreign land"), 4and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh"). 5Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came into the wilderness where Moses was encamped at the mountain of God, bringing Moses' sons and wife to him. 6He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two sons." 7Moses went out to meet his father-in-law; he bowed down and kissed him; each asked after the other's welfare, and they went into the tent. 8Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had beset them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them. 9Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel, in delivering them from the Egyptians.

10Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. 11Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them." 12And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.

Second Reading 1 John 2:7-17

7Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9Whoever says, "I am in the light," while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. 11But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness. 12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. 14I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

15Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16for all that is in the world - the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches - comes not from the Father but from the world. 17And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

Gospel Reading Mark 16:9-20

9Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

12After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

14Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

19So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

Evening Psalm 136

1   O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
          for his steadfast love endures forever.
2   O give thanks to the God of gods,
          for his steadfast love endures forever.
3   O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;


4   who alone does great wonders,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
5   who by understanding made the heavens,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
6   who spread out the earth on the waters,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
7   who made the great lights,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
8   the sun to rule over the day,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
9   the moon and stars to rule over the night,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;


10  who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
11  and brought Israel out from among them,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
12   with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
13  who divided the Red Sea in two,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
14  and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
15  but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
16  who led his people through the wilderness,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
17  who struck down great kings,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
18  and killed famous kings,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
19  Sihon, king of the Amorites,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
20  and Og, king of Bashan,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
21  and gave their land as a heritage,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
22  a heritage to his servant Israel,
          for his steadfast love endures forever.


23  It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
24  and rescued us from our foes,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
25  who gives food to all flesh,
          for his steadfast love endures forever.


26  O give thanks to the God of heaven,
          for his steadfast love endures forever.

Evening Psalm 117

1   Praise the LORD, all you nations!
          Extol him, all you peoples!
2   For great is his steadfast love toward us,
          and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
     Praise the LORD!