Scripture Readings

Week commencing  Sunday  15th April 2018 -  3rd Sunday of Easter

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 Old Testament Reading (NIV)  Zephaniah 3:14-20

Sing, Daughter Zion;    shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
 Daughter Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away your punishment,  he has turned back your enemy. 
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;   never again will you fear any harm.  On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;   do not let your hands hang limp.  The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. 
He will take great delight in you;  in his love he will no longer rebuke you,  but will rejoice over you with singing.”

“I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,  which is a burden and reproach for you. 
At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you.  I will rescue the lame;   I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame. At that time I will gather you;  
at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise  among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes  before your very eyes,”  says the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord                                   All: Thanks be to God.


New Testament Reading (NIV)   Acts 3:12-19 
RepentWhen Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

“Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 

This is the word of the Lord                                  All: Thanks be to God.

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Gospel Reading (NIV)   1 John 3:1-7
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John    All: Glory to you, O Lord

Gods loveSee what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

                         This is the Gospel of the Lord.                               All:      Praise to you, O Christ