Preparing for the Third
Sunday of Easter
Year A

Daily Readings for Friday
April 24, 2020

Prayer

Elusive God, 

companion on the way, 

you walk behind, beside, beyond; 

you catch us unawares. 

Break through the disillusionment and despair 

clouding our vision, 

that, with wide-eyed wonder, 

we may find our way 

and journey on 

as messengers of your good news. Amen.

 

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

I will call upon God

 

I love the Lord, because he has heard

my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me;

the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:

“O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

What shall I return to the Lord

for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord

is the death of his faithful ones.

Lord, I am your servant;

I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.

You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice

and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people,

in the courts of the house of the Lord,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

 

Isaiah 26:1-4

God sets up victory like bulwarks

 

On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;

he sets up victory

like walls and bulwarks.

Open the gates,

so that the righteous nation that keeps faith

may enter in.

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—

in peace because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,

for in the Lord God

you have an everlasting rock.

 

1 Peter 1:13-16

A holy life

 

Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

 

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