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Prayer

Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Amen.

Old Testament Reading - The birth of Moses

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1-2There were at this time a Hebrew fellow and girl of the tribe of Levi who married and had a family, and a baby son was born to them. When the baby’s mother saw that he was an unusually beautiful baby, she hid him at home for three months. 3Then, when she could no longer hide him, she made a little boat from papyrus reeds, waterproofed it with tar, put the baby in it, and laid it among the reeds along the river’s edge. 4The baby’s sister watched from a distance to see what would happen to him.

5Well, this is what happened: A princess, one of Pharaoh’s daughters, came down to bathe in the river, and as she and her maids were walking along the riverbank, she spied the little boat among the reeds and sent one of the maids to bring it to her. 6When she opened it, there was a baby! And he was crying. This touched her heart. “He must be one of the Hebrew children!” she said.

7Then the baby’s sister approached the princess and asked her, “Shall I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

8“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the little girl rushed home and called her mother!

9“Take this child home and nurse him for me,” the princess instructed the baby’s mother, “and I will pay you well!” So she took him home and nursed him.

10Later, when he was older, she brought him back to the princess and he became her son. She named him Moses (meaning “to draw out”a) because she had drawn him out of the water.

. . . . . Exodus 2:1-10
  1. The name Moses sounds like another Hebrew word meaning “to draw out.”

Intercession

Please remember our Prayer Requests

Lord, send us your loving-kindness in the morning
and so shall we rejoice and be glad.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed;
let the poor and needy praise your name.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Teach us your ways, O Lord,
and we will walk in your truth.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.