READINGS – MARCH 24th

FIRST LESSON                                                                                                   Exodus 3:1-15

 
Lector         A reading from the Book of Exodus.
 
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I am has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you': This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.”
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

In this holy season let us turn to God, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

For all the holy people of God, that we may heed the God who calls us to repentance in the events of our lives, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For this nation and all the nations of the world, that we may live in harmony and peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those enslaved by any kind of addiction, that God may come to rescue them and grant them freedom, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For this community, that during this holy season God’s grace may produce in us the fruit God seeks, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For our own needs and those of others, that God’s grace will allow us to meet and overcome our challenges, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

     [Here other intercessions may be offered.]

God, ever faithful and true, from of old you have revealed yourself as one who will be with your people to save them. Be with us in our times of need, now and always, We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.