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(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

April 5, 2020

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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Matthew 21:1-11

1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 saying unto them,

"Go into the village opposite you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them unto Me. 3 And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, `The Lord hath need of them,' and straightway he will send them."

4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 "Tell ye the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, thy King cometh unto thee,
meek and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.'"

6 And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 And they brought the ass and the colt and put on them their clothes, and they set Him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut down branches from the trees and strewed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried out, saying,

"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!"

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the multitude said, "This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."

Isaiah 50:4-9

4 "The Lord GOD hath given Me the tongue of the learned, 
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. 
He wakeneth morning by morning; 
He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned. 
5 The Lord GOD hath opened Mine ear, 
and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 
6 I gave My back to the smiters and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; 
I hid not My face from shame and spitting. 
7 For the Lord GOD will help Me, therefore shall I not be confounded; 
therefore have I set My face like a flint, 
and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 
8 He is near that justifieth Me. 
Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. 
Who is Mine adversary? 
Let him come near to Me. 
9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help Me. 
Who is he that shall condemn Me? 
Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; 
the moth shall eat them up.

Psalm 22:1-24

1 My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
Why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not;
and in the night season I am not silent.
3 But Thou art holy,
O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in Thee;
they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto Thee and were delivered;
they trusted in Thee and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm and no man,
a reproach of men and despised by the people
7 All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn;
they shoot out their lip, they shake their head, saying,
8 "He trusted in the LORD that He would deliver him;
let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him!"

9 But Thou art He that took Me out of the womb;
Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon Thee from the womb;
Thou art My God from My mother's belly.
11 Be not far from Me, for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed Me about;
strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.
13 They gaped at Me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My body.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws;
and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet.
17 I can count all My bones; they look and stare upon Me.
18 They part My garments among them,
and cast lots upon My vesture.

19 But be Thou not far from Me, O LORD;
O My Strength, hasten Thee to help Me!
20 Deliver My soul from the sword,
My only one from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion's mouth;
for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare Thy name unto My brethren;
in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.
23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise Him!
All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath He hid His face from Him, but when He cried unto Him, He heard.

Philippians 2:1-11

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tenderness and mercies, 2 fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord and of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than himself. 4 Look not every man to his own things, but every man also to the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, being in the form of God, 
thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, 
and was made in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in the fashion of a man, 
He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death--even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, 
and given Him a name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
of things in Heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

Words of Worship - Philippians 2:8b-9


He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death--even the death of the cross.
Therefore God also hath highly exalted Him, 
and given Him a name which is above every name,

Matthew 26:14-75

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests 15 and said unto them, "What will ye give me if I will deliver Him unto you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?" 18 And He said,

"Go into the city to a certain man and say unto him, `The Master saith, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples."'"

19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and they made ready the Passover.

20 Now when the evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they ate, He said,

"Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me."

22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, "Lord, is it I?" 23 And He answered and said,

"He that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish, the same shall betray Me. 24 The Son of Man goeth as it is written of Him, but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born."

25 Then Judas, who betrayed Him, answered and said, "Master, is it I?" He said unto him,

"Thou hast said."

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said,

"Take, eat; this is My body."

27 And He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

"Drink ye all of it; 28 for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom."

30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus said unto them,

"All ye shall be offended because of Me this night; for it is written: `I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.' 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."

33 Peter answered and said unto Him, "Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet I will never be offended." 34 Jesus said unto him,

"Verily I say unto thee, that this night before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice."

35 Peter said unto Him, "Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee." Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then Jesus came with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and said unto the disciples,

"Sit ye here while I go and pray yonder."

37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then He said unto them,

"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here and watch with Me."

39 And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed, saying,

"O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt."

40 And He came unto the disciples and found them asleep, and said unto Peter,

"What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

42 He went away again the second time and prayed, saying,

"O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, unless I drink it, Thy will be done."

43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them and went away again, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. 45 Then came He to His disciples and said unto them,

"Sleep on now, and take your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. Behold, he is at hand that doth betray Me."

47 And while He yet spoke, lo, Judas, one of the twelve came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He; hold Him fast." 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus and said, "Hail, Master!" and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said unto him,

"Friend, why art thou come?"

Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 And behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him,

"Put up again thy sword into his place, for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall at once give Me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?"

55 In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes,

"Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and staves to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled."

Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

57 And those who had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in and sat with the servants to see the end.

59 Now the chief priests and elders and all the council sought false witness against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 and said, "This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'" 62 And the high priest arose and said unto Him, "Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witnesses say against thee?" 63 But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, "I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus said unto him,

"Thou hast said; nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, "He hath spoken blasphemy! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy! 66 What think ye?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death!" 67 Then they spit in His face and buffeted Him, and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, "Prophesy unto us, thou Christ! Who is he that smote thee?"

69 Now Peter sat outside in the palace, and a damsel came unto him, saying, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I know not what thou sayest." 71 And when he had gone out onto the porch, another maid saw him and said unto those who were there, "This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the man!" 73 And after a while came unto him those who stood by, and said to Peter, "Surely thou also art one of them, for thy speech betrayeth thee." 74 Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not the man!" And immediately the cock crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, when He said unto him, "Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice." And he went out and wept bitterly.

Matthew 27

1 When the morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

3 Then Judas, who had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? See thou to that!" 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood." 7 And they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Therefore that field was called the Field of Blood unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, whom they the children of Israel did value, 10 and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me."

11 And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked Him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him,

"Thou sayest."

12 And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto Him, "Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?" 14 And He answered him never a word, insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.

15 Now at that feast, the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered Him.

19 When he had sat down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, "Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him." 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, "Which of the two will ye that I release unto you?" They said, "Barabbas!" 22 Pilate said unto them, "What shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ?" They all said unto him, "Let him be crucified!" 23 And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath he done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let him be crucified!"

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail, but rather that a tumult was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person. See ye to it." 25 Then answered all the people and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children!" 26 Then released he Barabbas unto them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole detachment of soldiers. 28 And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head and a reed in His right hand, and they bowed their knees before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spat upon Him, and took the reed and smote Him on the head. 31 And after they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear His cross.

33 And when they had come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall. And when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.

35 And they crucified Him and parted His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots." 36 And sitting down, they watched Him there, 37 and set up over His head His accusation, written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand and another on the left. 39 And those who passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, "Thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself! If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross!" 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders said, 42 "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, if He will have him. For he said, `I am the Son of God.'" 44 The thieves also, who were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?"

that is to say, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" 47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man calleth for Elijah." 48 And straightway one of them ran and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed and gave Him to drink. 49 The rest said, "Let be; let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."

50 Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks rent. 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who slept arose, 53 and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy City and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly, this was the Son of God!"

55 And many women were there beholding afar off, who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee's children.

57 When the evening had come, there came a rich man of Arimathea named Joseph, who himself also was Jesus' disciple. 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher and departed. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the sepulcher.

62 Now the next day, that following the Day of the Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, we remember that that deceiver said while he was yet alive, `After three days I will rise again.' 64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, `He is risen from the dead,' so that the last error shall be worse than the first." 65 Pilate said unto them, "Ye have a watch. Go your way, make it as secure as ye can." 66 So they went and made the sepulcher secure, sealing the stone and setting up a watch.


Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 16:14

Make way for every work of mercy, 
for every man shall find according to his works.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 11:43

Woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets.


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