Sunday 21 October 2018 Alternative 1 of 2 21st Sunday after Trinity Proper 24 Year B

Collect
Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; 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
Almighty God, in whose service lies perfect freedom: teach us to obey you with loving hearts and steadfast wills; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Readings
Continuous:
Job 38.1-7 [34-end]

38Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 
2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me. 

4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding. 
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it? 
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone 
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? 

[ 
34 ‘Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
so that a flood of waters may cover you? 
35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
and say to you, “Here we are”? 
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,
or given understanding to the mind? 
37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, 
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods cling together? 

39 ‘Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 
40 when they crouch in their dens,
or lie in wait in their covert? 
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God,
and wander about for lack of food? 

]

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 104.1-10, 26, 35c

1  Bless the Lord, O my soul. 
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2  You are clothed with majesty and honour, 
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3  You spread out the heavens like a curtain 
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
4  You make the clouds your chariot 
and ride on the wings of the wind.
5  You make the winds your messengers 
and flames of fire your servants.
6  You laid the foundations of the earth, 
that it never should move at any time.
7  You covered it with the deep like a garment; 
the waters stood high above the hills.
8  At your rebuke they fled; 
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
9  They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath, 
to the place which you had appointed for them.
10  You have set them their bounds that they should not pass, 
nor turn again to cover the earth.
26  O Lord, how manifold are your works! 
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
35  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; 
I will make music to my God while I have my being.

or Psalm [ 104.1-10]

[

1  Bless the Lord, O my soul. 
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2  You are clothed with majesty and honour, 
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3  You spread out the heavens like a curtain 
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
4  You make the clouds your chariot 
and ride on the wings of the wind.
5  You make the winds your messengers 
and flames of fire your servants.
6  You laid the foundations of the earth, 
that it never should move at any time.
7  You covered it with the deep like a garment; 
the waters stood high above the hills.
8  At your rebuke they fled; 
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
9  They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath, 
to the place which you had appointed for them.
10  You have set them their bounds that they should not pass, 
nor turn again to cover the earth.
]

Related:
Isaiah 53.4-end

4 Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted. 
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed. 
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. 

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth. 
8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people. 
9 They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth. 

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. 
11   Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities. 
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors. 

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 91.9-end

9  Because you have made the Lord your refuge 
and the Most High your stronghold,
10  There shall no evil happen to you, 
neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11  For he shall give his angels charge over you, 
to keep you in all your ways.
12  They shall bear you in their hands, 
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13  You shall tread upon the lion and adder; 
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14  Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them; 
I will lift them up, because they know my name.
15  They will call upon me and I will answer them; 
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
16  With long life will I satisfy them 
and show them my salvation.

New Testament Reading
Hebrews 5.1-10

5Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you’; 
6as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.’

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Gospel Reading
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
AllGlory to you, O Lord.
Mark 10.35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ 37And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ 39They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise to you, O Christ.
Post Communion
Father of light, in whom is no change or shadow of turning, you give us every good and perfect gift and have brought us to birth by your word of truth: may we be a living sign of that kingdom where your whole creation will be made perfect in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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