Sunday 5 November 2017 Alternative 1 of 24th Sunday before Advent 

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Year A

Reading Notes: Use this provision if All Saints’ Day is celebrated on Wednesday 1 November.

Collect

Almighty and eternal God,

you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints:

grant to us the same faith and power of love,

that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,

we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;

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.

or

God of glory,

touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,

that we with all creation

may rejoice to sing your praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Micah 3.5-end
5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets

   who lead my people astray,

who cry ‘Peace’

   when they have something to eat,

but declare war against those

   who put nothing into their mouths. 

6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,

   and darkness to you, without revelation.

The sun shall go down upon the prophets,

   and the day shall be black over them; 

7 the seers shall be disgraced,

   and the diviners put to shame;

they shall all cover their lips,

   for there is no answer from God. 

8 But as for me, I am filled with power,

   with the spirit of the Lord,

   and with justice and might,

to declare to Jacob his transgression

   and to Israel his sin. 

9 Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob

   and chiefs of the house of Israel,

who abhor justice

   and pervert all equity, 

10 who build Zion with blood

   and Jerusalem with wrong! 

11 Its rulers give judgement for a bribe,

   its priests teach for a price,

   its prophets give oracles for money;

yet they lean upon the Lord and say,

   ‘Surely the Lord is with us!

   No harm shall come upon us.’ 

12 Therefore because of you

   Zion shall be ploughed as a field;

Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,

   and the mountain of the house a wooded height. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 43

1 Give judgement for me, O God,

      and defend my cause against an ungodly people; •

   deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.

2 For you are the God of my refuge;

      why have you cast me from you, •

   and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?

3 O send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, •

   and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling,

4 That I may go to the altar of God,

      to the God of my joy and gladness; •

   and on the lyre I will give thanks to you, O God my God.

5 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, •

   and why are you so disquieted within me?

6 O put your trust in God; •

   for I will yet give him thanks,

      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

or Psalm [ 107.1-8]

[
1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, •

   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, •

   those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3 And gathered out of the lands

      from the east and from the west, •

   from the north and from the south.

4 Some went astray in desert wastes •

   and found no path to a city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, •

   their soul was fainting within them.

6 So they cried to the Lord in their trouble •

   and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He set their feet on the right way •

   till they came to a city to dwell in.

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness •

   and the wonders he does for his children.

]
1 Thessalonians 2.9-13

9 You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. 11As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
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 24.1-14

24As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2Then he asked them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ 4Jesus answered them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Messiah!” and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

9 ‘Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Lord of heaven,

in this eucharist you have brought us near to an innumerable company of angels and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:

as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage we have shared their fellowship,

so may we come to share their joy in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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