Sunday 29 October 2017 Alternative 1 of 3Last after Trinity Proper 25

Year A

Reading Notes: If the date of dedication of a church is not known, the Dedication Festival may be celebrated today or on 2 October, or on a suitable date chosen locally.

Collect

Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Merciful God,

teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,

that trusting in your word

and obeying your will

we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

Deuteronomy 34.1-12

34Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’ 5Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. 7Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. 8The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
9 Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 90.1-6,13-17

1 Lord, you have been our refuge •

   from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,

      or the earth and the world were formed, •

   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn us back to dust and say: •

   ‘Turn back, O children of earth.’

4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, •

   which passes like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away like a dream; •

   they fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; •

   in the evening it is dried up and withered.

13 Turn again, O Lord; how long will you delay? •

   Have compassion on your servants.

14 Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning, •

   that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Give us gladness for the days you have afflicted us, •

   and for the years in which we have seen adversity.

16 Show your servants your works, •

   and let your glory be over their children.

17 May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us; •

   prosper our handiwork; O prosper the work of our hands.

or Psalm [ 90.1-6]

[
1 Lord, you have been our refuge •

   from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,

      or the earth and the world were formed, •

   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn us back to dust and say: •

   ‘Turn back, O children of earth.’

4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, •

   which passes like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away like a dream; •

   they fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; •

   in the evening it is dried up and withered.

]
Related:

Leviticus 19.1-2, 15-18

19The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
15 You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. 16You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.
17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. 18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed are they who have not walked

      in the counsel of the wicked, •

   nor lingered in the way of sinners,

      nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.

2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord •

   and they meditate on his law day and night.

3 Like a tree planted by streams of water

      bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, •

   whatever they do, it shall prosper.

4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them; •

   they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, •

   nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, •

   but the way of the wicked shall perish.

New Testament Reading

1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

2You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
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 22.34-end

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 37He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ 43He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 

44 “The Lord said to my Lord,

‘Sit at my right hand,

   until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? 

45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God of all grace,

your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry

with the bread of his life

and the word of his kingdom:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your true and living bread;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

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