Sunday 19 November 2017 2nd Sunday before Advent

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Year A

Collect

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil

and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:

grant that we, having this hope,

may purify ourselves even as he is pure;

that when he shall appear in power and great glory

we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;

where he is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18

7 Be silent before the Lord God!

For the day of the Lord is at hand;

the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,

he has consecrated his guests.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

and I will punish the people

who rest complacently on their dregs,

those who say in their hearts,

‘The Lord will not do good,

nor will he do harm.’

13 Their wealth shall be plundered,

and their houses laid waste.

Though they build houses,

they shall not inhabit them;

though they plant vineyards,

they shall not drink wine from them.

14 The great day of the Lord is near,

near and hastening fast;

the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,

the warrior cries aloud there.

15 That day will be a day of wrath,

a day of distress and anguish,

a day of ruin and devastation,

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16   a day of trumpet blast and battle cry

against the fortified cities

and against the lofty battlements.

17 I will bring such distress upon people

that they shall walk like the blind;

because they have sinned against the Lord,

their blood shall be poured out like dust,

and their flesh like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold

will be able to save them

on the day of the Lord’s wrath;

in the fire of his passion

the whole earth shall be consumed;

for a full, a terrible end

he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 90.1-8 [9-11]12

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.

7  For we consume away in your displeasure; •

we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.

8  You have set our misdeeds before you •

and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

[ 9  When you are angry, all our days are gone; •

our years come to an end like a sigh.

10  The days of our life are three score years and ten,

or if our strength endures, even four score; •

yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,

for they soon pass away and we are gone.

11  Who regards the power of your wrath •

and your indignation like those who fear you?

] 12  So teach us to number our days •

that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

or Psalm [ 90.1-8]

[

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.

7  For we consume away in your displeasure; •

we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.

8  You have set our misdeeds before you •

and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

]

1 Thessalonians 5.1-11

5

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

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 25.14-30

14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Gracious Lord,

in this holy sacrament

you give substance to our hope:

bring us at the last

to that fullness of life for which we long;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Sunday 12 November 20173rd Sunday before Advent 

Remembrance Sunday / 

Year A

Collect

Almighty Father,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Wisdom 6.12-16
12 Wisdom is radiant and unfading,

and she is easily discerned by those who love her,

and is found by those who seek her. 

13 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. 

14 One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,

for she will be found sitting at the gate. 

15 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,

and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, 

16 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,

and she graciously appears to them in their paths,

and meets them in every thought. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Amos 5.18-24
18 Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!

   Why do you want the day of the Lord?

It is darkness, not light; 

19 as if someone fled from a lion,

   and was met by a bear;

or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,

   and was bitten by a snake. 

20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,

   and gloom with no brightness in it? 

21 I hate, I despise your festivals,

   and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 

22 Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,

   I will not accept them;

and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals

   I will not look upon. 

23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;

   I will not listen to the melody of your harps. 

24 But let justice roll down like waters,

   and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Wisdom 6.17-20
17 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction,

and concern for instruction is love of her, 

18 and love of her is the keeping of her laws,

and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, 

19 and immortality brings one near to God; 

20 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Psalm 70

1 O God, make speed to save me; •

   O Lord, make haste to help me.

2 Let those who seek my life

      be put to shame and confusion; •

   let them be turned back and disgraced

      who wish me evil.

3 Let those who mock and deride me •

   turn back because of their shame.

4 But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; •

   let those who love your salvation say always, ‘Great is the Lord!’

5 As for me, I am poor and needy; •

   come to me quickly, O God.

6 You are my help and my deliverer; •

   O Lord, do not delay.

1 Thessalonians 4.13-end

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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 25.1-13

25‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” 9But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” 12But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God of peace,

whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom

and restored the broken to wholeness of life:

look with compassion on the anguish of the world,

and by your healing power

make whole both people and nations;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Sunday 5 November 2017 Alternative 2 of 2All Saints’ Day o

Year A

Reading Notes:

All Saints’ Day is celebrated either on Wednesday 1 November or Sunday 5 November; if the latter there may be a supplementary celebration on 1 November.

Use this provision if All Saints’ Day is celebrated on Sunday 5 November only.

Collect

Almighty God,

you have knit together your elect

in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living

that we may come to those inexpressible joys

that you have prepared for those who truly love you;

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 holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Revelation 7.9-end

9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ 

11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12singing,

‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom

and thanksgiving and honour

and power and might

be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ 14I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,

   and worship him day and night within his temple,

   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 

16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;

   the sun will not strike them,

   nor any scorching heat; 

17 for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,

   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 34.1-10

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; •

   his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall glory in the Lord; •

   let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me; •

   let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord and he answered me •

   and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Look upon him and be radiant •

   and your faces shall not be ashamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me •

   and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him •

   and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is gracious; •

   blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9 Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, •

   for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 Lions may lack and suffer hunger, •

   but those who seek the Lord

      lack nothing that is good.

1 John 3.1-3

31See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
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 5.1-12

5When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

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.

19th Sunday after Trinity Proper 24

Year A

Collect

O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

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

Faithful Lord,

whose steadfast love never ceases

and whose mercies never come to an end:

grant us the grace to trust you

and to receive the gifts of your love,

new every morning,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

Exodus 33.12-end

12 Moses said to the Lord, ‘See, you have said to me, “Bring up this people”; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, “I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.” 13Now if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.’ 14He said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ 15And he said to him, ‘If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. 16For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.’
17 The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.’ 18Moses said, ‘Show me your glory, I pray.’ 19And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, “The Lord”; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20But’, he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ 21And the Lord continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; 22and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.’
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 99

1 The Lord is king: let the peoples tremble; •

   he is enthroned above the cherubim: let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion •

   and high above all peoples.

3 Let them praise your name, which is great and awesome; •

   the Lord our God is holy.

4 Mighty king, who loves justice,

      you have established equity; •

   you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt the Lord our God; •

   bow down before his footstool, for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests

      and Samuel among those who call upon his name; •

   they called upon the Lord and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; •

   they kept his testimonies and the law that he gave them.

8 You answered them, O Lord our God; •

   you were a God who forgave them

      and pardoned them for their offences.

9 Exalt the Lord our God

      and worship him upon his holy hill, •

   for the Lord our God is holy.

Related:

Isaiah 45.1-7

45Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,

   whose right hand I have grasped

to subdue nations before him

   and strip kings of their robes,

to open doors before him—

   and the gates shall not be closed: 

2 I will go before you

   and level the mountains,

I will break in pieces the doors of bronze

   and cut through the bars of iron, 

3 I will give you the treasures of darkness

   and riches hidden in secret places,

so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,

   the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 

4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,

   and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

   I surname you, though you do not know me. 

5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;

   besides me there is no god.

   I arm you, though you do not know me, 

6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun

   and from the west, that there is no one besides me;

   I am the Lord, and there is no other. 

7 I form light and create darkness,

   I make weal and create woe;

   I the Lord do all these things. 
This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 96.1-9 [10-13]

1 Sing to the Lord a new song; •

   sing to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Sing to the Lord and bless his name; •

   tell out his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations •

   and his wonders among all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; •

   he is more to be feared than all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are but idols; •

   it is the Lord who made the heavens.

6 Honour and majesty are before him; •

   power and splendour are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; •

   ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.

8 Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; •

   bring offerings and come into his courts.

9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; •

   let the whole earth tremble before him.

[ 10 Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king. •

   He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

      he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad; •

   let the sea thunder and all that is in it;

12 Let the fields be joyful and all that is in them; •

   let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.

13 For he comes, he comes to judge the earth; •

   with righteousness he will judge the world

      and the peoples with his truth.

]
New Testament Reading

1 Thessalonians 1.1-10

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace. 
2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
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 22.15-22

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ 21They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Holy and blessed God,

you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son

and filled us with your Holy Spirit:

may we honour you,

not only with our lips

but in lives dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, Year A / IGreen

Proper 22, Rite OneAlmighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Day: Of God the Father, Rite One

Creator of the light and source of life, who hast made us in thine image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 5:1-7 (NRSV)

Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 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? 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. 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. 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! 

Or 

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 (NRSV)

God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Psalm 19
Cæli enarrant
1

The heavens declare the glory of God, *

 

and the firmament shows his handiwork.

 

 

2

One day tells its tale to another, *

 

and one night imparts knowledge to another.

 

 

3

Although they have no words or language, *

 

and their voices are not heard,

 

 

4

Their sound has gone out into all lands, *

 

and their message to the ends of the world.

 

 

5

In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *

 

it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;

 

it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

 

 

6

It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens

 

and runs about to the end of it again; *

 

nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

 

 

7

The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *

 

the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

 

 

8

The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *

 

the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.

 

 

9

The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *

 

the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

 

 

10

More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, *

 

sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

 

 

11

By them also is your servant enlightened, *

 

and in keeping them there is great reward.

 

 

12

Who can tell how often he offends? *

 

cleanse me from my secret faults.

 

 

13

Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;

 

let them not get dominion over me; *

 

then shall I be whole and sound,

 

and innocent of a great offense.

 

 

14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, *

 

O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Psalm 80:7-14
7

Restore us, O God of hosts; *

 

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

 

 

8

You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

 

you cast out the nations and planted it.

 

 

9

You prepared the ground for it; *

 

it took root and filled the land.

 

 

10

The mountains were covered by its shadow *

 

and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

 

 

11

You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *

 

and its branches to the River.

 

 

12

Why have you broken down its wall, *

 

so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

 

 

13

The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *

 

and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

 

 

14

Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;

 

behold and tend this vine; *

 

preserve what your right hand has planted.

Psalm 80:7-14
7

Restore us, O God of hosts; *

 

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

 

 

8

You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

 

you cast out the nations and planted it.

 

 

9

You prepared the ground for it; *

 

it took root and filled the land.

 

 

10

The mountains were covered by its shadow *

 

and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

 

 

11

You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *

 

and its branches to the River.

 

 

12

Why have you broken down its wall, *

 

so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

 

 

13

The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *

 

and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

 

 

14

Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;

 

behold and tend this vine; *

preserve what your right hand has planted 

Philippians 3:4b-14 (NRSV)

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 21:33-46 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.