Thursday: Preparation for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 6
Roman Catholic Proper 11

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 4:18-23

Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, “Please let me go back to my kindred in Egypt and see whether they are still living.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” The LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt; for all those who were seeking your life are dead.” So Moses took his wife and his sons, put them on a donkey and went back to the land of Egypt; and Moses carried the staff of God in his hand.

And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD: Israel is my firstborn son. I said to you, “Let my son go that he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; now I will kill your firstborn son’.”

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 21:1-7

The LORD dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Complementary Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
  Worship the Lord with gladness;
  come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his;
  we are his people,
  and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
  and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.
  For the Lord is good;
  his steadfast love endures forever,
  and his faithfulness to all generations.

Semi-continuous Psalm 116:1-2,12-19

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.

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.

O 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!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God's house.” Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God's house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.

Year A Ordinary 11, RCL Proper 6, Catholic Proper 11 Thursday


Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1985 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image Credit: Downloaded from Pinterest. The background image is the Genesee River in western New York State.

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