Sunday 2 September 2018 Alternative 1 of 2 14th Sunday after Trinity Proper 17 Year B

Collect

Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

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

Merciful God,

your Son came to save us

and bore our sins on the cross:

may we trust in your mercy

and know your love,

rejoicing in the righteousness

that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

Song of Solomon 2.8-13

8 The voice of my beloved!

Look, he comes,

leaping upon the mountains,

bounding over the hills.

9 My beloved is like a gazelle

or a young stag.

Look, there he stands

behind our wall,

gazing in at the windows,

looking through the lattice.

10 My beloved speaks and says to me:

‘Arise, my love, my fair one,

and come away;

11 for now the winter is past,

the rain is over and gone.

12 The flowers appear on the earth;

the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtle-dove

is heard in our land.

13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,

and the vines are in blossom;

they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one,

and come away.

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

Psalm 45.1-2, 6-9

1  My heart is astir with gracious words; •

as I make my song for the king,

my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2  You are the fairest of men; •

full of grace are your lips,

for God has blest you for ever.

6  Your throne is God’s throne, for ever; •

the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.

7  You love righteousness and hate iniquity; •

therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

8  All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia; •

from ivory palaces the music of strings makes you glad.

9  Kings’ daughters are among your honourable women; •

at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

or Psalm [ 45.1-7]

[

1  My heart is astir with gracious words; •

as I make my song for the king,

my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2  You are the fairest of men; •

full of grace are your lips,

for God has blest you for ever.

3  Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one; •

gird on your majesty and glory.

4  Ride on and prosper in the cause of truth •

and for the sake of humility and righteousness.

5  Your right hand will teach you terrible things; •

your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies,

so that peoples fall beneath you.

6  Your throne is God’s throne, for ever; •

the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.

7  You love righteousness and hate iniquity; •

therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

]

Related:

Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9

4

So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. 6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’ 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

9 But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

Psalm 15

1  Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? •

Who may rest upon your holy hill?

2  Whoever leads an uncorrupt life •

and does the thing that is right;

3  Who speaks the truth from the heart •

and bears no deceit on the tongue;

4  Who does no evil to a friend •

and pours no scorn on a neighbour;

5  In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed, •

but who honours those who fear the Lord.

6  Whoever has sworn to a neighbour •

and never goes back on that word;

7  Who does not lend money in hope of gain, •

nor takes a bribe against the innocent;

8  Whoever does these things •

shall never fall.

New Testament Reading

James 1.17-end

17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

This is the word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

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

All Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 7.1-8, 14, 15, 21-23

7

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ 6He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

“This people honours me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me;

7 in vain do they worship me,

teaching human precepts as doctrines.”

8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All Praise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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