Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, September 3rd  (New International Version)
Exodus 3:1-15 (God calls Moses)
Psalm 105:1-6 23-26 45b (Remembering Moses)
Romans 12:9-21 (Live in harmony)
Matthew 16:21-28 (The rebuke to Peter)

Exodus 3:1-15
Moses and the Burning Bush

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to
the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared
to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So
Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy
ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of
Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of
their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the
hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk
and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the
cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now,
go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you
have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to
you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to
you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
  the name you shall call me
  from generation to generation.

Footnotes:
Exodus 3:6 Masoretic Text; Samaritan Pentateuch (see Acts 7:32) fathers
Exodus 3:12 The Hebrew is plural.
Exodus 3:14 Or I will be what I will be
Exodus 3:15 The Hebrew for Lord sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for I am in verse 14.


Psalm 105:1-6

1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
  make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
  tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
  let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
  seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
  his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
  his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
Psalm 105:23-26
23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
  Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
  he made them too numerous for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,
  to conspire against his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant,
  and Aaron, whom he had chosen.


Psalm 105:45
45 that they might keep his precepts
  and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord.[a]
Footnotes:
Psalm 105:45 Hebrew Hallelu Yah


Romans 12:9-21
Love in Action

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one
another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be
joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice
hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those
who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low
position.[a] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible,
as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave
room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. 20 On the
contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[c]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Footnotes:
Romans 12:16 Or willing to do menial work
Romans 12:19 Deut. 32:35
Romans 12:20 Prov. 25:21,22


Matthew 16:21-28
Jesus Predicts His Death

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many
things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and
on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in
mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their
cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me
will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can
anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his
angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in
his kingdom.”