Scripture Readings for April 12, 2020    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year A - EASTER SUNDAY

Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6  •  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  •  
Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43  •  John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no
partiality,

10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable
to him.

10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by
Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all.

10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced:

10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how
he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God
was with him.

10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree;

10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,

10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who
ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one
ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
forgiveness of sins through his name."

Jeremiah 31:1-6
31:1 At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and
they shall be my people.

31:2 Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the
wilderness; when Israel sought for rest,

31:3 the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting
love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take
your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

31:5 Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall
plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.

31:6 For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim:
"Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God."

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
118:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

118:2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

118:14 The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

118:15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand
of the LORD does valiantly;

118:16 the right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does
valiantly."

118:17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.

118:18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and
give thanks to the LORD.

118:20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

118:21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

118:23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Colossians 3:1-4
3:1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,

3:3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

3:4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in
glory.

Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no
partiality,

10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable
to him.

10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by
Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all.

10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced:

10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how
he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God
was with him.

10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put
him to death by hanging him on a tree;

10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,

10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who
ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one
ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
forgiveness of sins through his name."

John 20:1-18
20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came
to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus
loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not
know where they have laid him."

20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and
reached the tomb first.

20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not
go in.

20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen
wrappings lying there,

20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings
but rolled up in a place by itself.

20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw
and believed;

20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the
dead.

20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look
into the tomb;

20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been
lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

20:13 They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have
taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."

20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but
she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"
Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away,
tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!"
(which means Teacher).

20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to
the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and
your Father, to my God and your God.'"

20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord";
and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Matthew 28:1-10
28:1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene
and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

28:2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord,
descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

28:4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

28:5 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking
for Jesus who was crucified.

28:6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he
lay.

28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and
indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message
for you."

28:8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his
disciples.

28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took
hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

28:10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to
Galilee; there they will see me."