Sunday 18 August 2019 9th Sunday after Trinity Proper 15 Year C

Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit

to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;

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

Gracious Father,

revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful,

for your glory’s sake

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings
Continuous:
Isaiah 5.1-7

5Let me sing for my beloved
   my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
   on a very fertile hill. 
2 He dug it and cleared it of stones,
   and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watch-tower in the midst of it,
   and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
   but it yielded wild grapes. 

3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
   and people of Judah,
judge between me
   and my vineyard. 
4 What more was there to do for my vineyard
   that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
   why did it yield wild grapes? 

5 And now I will tell you
   what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
   and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
   and it shall be trampled down. 
6 I will make it a waste;
   it shall not be pruned or hoed,
   and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
   that they rain no rain upon it. 

7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
   is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
   are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
   but saw bloodshed;
righteousness,
   but heard a cry!

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 80.1-2, 9-end

1  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, 
   you that led Joseph like a flock;
2  Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, 
   before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
9  You brought a vine out of Egypt; 
   you drove out the nations and planted it.
10  You made room around it, 
   and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
11  The hills were covered with its shadow 
   and the cedars of God by its boughs.
12  It stretched out its branches to the Sea 
   and its tendrils to the River.
13  Why then have you broken down its wall, 
   so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
14  The wild boar out of the wood tears it off, 
   and all the insects of the field devour it.
15  Turn again, O God of hosts, 
   look down from heaven and behold;
16  Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted, 
   and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.
17  Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down, 
   perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
18  Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand, 
   the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
19  And so will we not go back from you; 
   give us life, and we shall call upon your name.
20  Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

[or Psalm 80.9-end]

9  You brought a vine out of Egypt; 
   you drove out the nations and planted it.
10  You made room around it, 
   and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
11  The hills were covered with its shadow 
   and the cedars of God by its boughs.
12  It stretched out its branches to the Sea 
   and its tendrils to the River.
13  Why then have you broken down its wall, 
   so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
14  The wild boar out of the wood tears it off, 
   and all the insects of the field devour it.
15  Turn again, O God of hosts, 
   look down from heaven and behold;
16  Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted, 
   and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.
17  Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down, 
   perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
18  Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand, 
   the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
19  And so will we not go back from you; 
   give us life, and we shall call upon your name.
20  Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Hebrews 11.29-12.2

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

12Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Related:
Jeremiah 23.23-29

23 Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. 25I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? 27They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. 28Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord. 29Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 82

1  God has taken his stand in the council of heaven; 
   in the midst of the gods he gives judgement:
2  ‘How long will you judge unjustly 
   and show such favour to the wicked?
3  ‘You were to judge the weak and the orphan; 
   defend the right of the humble and needy;
4  ‘Rescue the weak and the poor; 
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5  ‘They have no knowledge or wisdom;
      they walk on still in darkness: 
   all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6  ‘Therefore I say that though you are gods 
   and all of you children of the Most High,
7  ‘Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals 
   and fall like one of their princes.’
8  Arise, O God and judge the earth, 
   for it is you that shall take all nations for your possession.

Hebrews 11.29-12.2

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

12Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Gospel Reading
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
AllGlory to you, O Lord.
Luke 12.49-56

49 ‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53they will be divided:
father against son
   and son against father,
mother against daughter
   and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
   and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

54 He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise to you, O Christ.
Post Communion

Holy Father,

who gathered us here around the table of your Son

to share this meal with the whole household of God:

in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,

gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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