19th Sunday after Trinity Proper 24

Year A


O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Faithful Lord,

whose steadfast love never ceases

and whose mercies never come to an end:

grant us the grace to trust you

and to receive the gifts of your love,

new every morning,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Exodus 33.12-end

12 Moses said to the Lord, ‘See, you have said to me, “Bring up this people”; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, “I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.” 13Now if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.’ 14He said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ 15And he said to him, ‘If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. 16For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.’
17 The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.’ 18Moses said, ‘Show me your glory, I pray.’ 19And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, “The Lord”; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20But’, he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ 21And the Lord continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; 22and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.’
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 99

1 The Lord is king: let the peoples tremble; •

   he is enthroned above the cherubim: let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion •

   and high above all peoples.

3 Let them praise your name, which is great and awesome; •

   the Lord our God is holy.

4 Mighty king, who loves justice,

      you have established equity; •

   you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt the Lord our God; •

   bow down before his footstool, for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests

      and Samuel among those who call upon his name; •

   they called upon the Lord and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; •

   they kept his testimonies and the law that he gave them.

8 You answered them, O Lord our God; •

   you were a God who forgave them

      and pardoned them for their offences.

9 Exalt the Lord our God

      and worship him upon his holy hill, •

   for the Lord our God is holy.


Isaiah 45.1-7

45Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,

   whose right hand I have grasped

to subdue nations before him

   and strip kings of their robes,

to open doors before him—

   and the gates shall not be closed: 

2 I will go before you

   and level the mountains,

I will break in pieces the doors of bronze

   and cut through the bars of iron, 

3 I will give you the treasures of darkness

   and riches hidden in secret places,

so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,

   the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 

4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,

   and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

   I surname you, though you do not know me. 

5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;

   besides me there is no god.

   I arm you, though you do not know me, 

6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun

   and from the west, that there is no one besides me;

   I am the Lord, and there is no other. 

7 I form light and create darkness,

   I make weal and create woe;

   I the Lord do all these things. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 96.1-9 [10-13]

1 Sing to the Lord a new song; •

   sing to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Sing to the Lord and bless his name; •

   tell out his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations •

   and his wonders among all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; •

   he is more to be feared than all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are but idols; •

   it is the Lord who made the heavens.

6 Honour and majesty are before him; •

   power and splendour are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; •

   ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.

8 Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; •

   bring offerings and come into his courts.

9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; •

   let the whole earth tremble before him.

[ 10 Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king. •

   He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

      he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad; •

   let the sea thunder and all that is in it;

12 Let the fields be joyful and all that is in them; •

   let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.

13 For he comes, he comes to judge the earth; •

   with righteousness he will judge the world

      and the peoples with his truth.

New Testament Reading

1 Thessalonians 1.1-10

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace. 
2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 22.15-22

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ 21They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Holy and blessed God,

you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son

and filled us with your Holy Spirit:

may we honour you,

not only with our lips

but in lives dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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