Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, August 27th    (New International Version)
Exodus 1:8—2:10 (Pharaoh’s daughter takes Moses in)
Psalm 124 (We have escaped like a bird)
Romans 12:1-8 (One body in Christ with gifts that differ)
Matthew 16:13-20 (The profession of Peter’s faith) (New International Version)

Exodus 1:8-2:10
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the
Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become
even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses
as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the
Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with
harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians
worked them ruthlessly.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are
helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but
if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told
them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why
have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give
birth before the midwives arrive.”

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because
the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile,
but let every girl live.”

The Birth of Moses
2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.
When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer,
she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it
among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the
riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw
the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for
you?”

8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take
this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the
child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I
drew him out of the water.”

Footnotes:
Exodus 2:3 The Hebrew can also mean ark, as in Gen. 6:14.
Exodus 2:10 Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out.



Psalm 124
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 If the Lord had not been on our side—
  let Israel say—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
  when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
  when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
  the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
  would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the Lord,
  who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
  from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
  and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
  the Maker of heaven and earth.


Romans 12:1-8
A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living
sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s
will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but
rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different
gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with
your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give
encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do
it cheerfully.

Footnotes:
Romans 12:6 Or the
Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others


Matthew 16:13-20
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of
Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the
prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but
by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the
gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind
on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he
ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Footnotes:
Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
Matthew 16:18 That is, the realm of the dead
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been