Sunday 27 October 2019 Alternative 1 of 3 Last Sunday after Trinity Proper 25 Year C

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:
Joel 2.23-end

23 O children of Zion, be glad
   and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
   he has poured down for you abundant rain,
   the early and the later rain, as before.
 
24 The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
   the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
 

25 I will repay you for the years
   that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
   my great army, which I sent against you. 

26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
   and praise the name of the Lord your God,
   who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
   and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
   be put to shame. 

28 Then afterwards
   I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
   your old men shall dream dreams,
   and your young men shall see visions. 
29 Even on the male and female slaves,
   in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 

30 I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 32Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 65

1  Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; 
   to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.
2  To you shall all flesh come to confess their sins; 
   when our misdeeds prevail against us,
      you will purge them away.
3  Happy are they whom you choose
      and draw to your courts to dwell there. 
   We shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,
      even of your holy temple.
4  With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,
      O God of our salvation, 
   O hope of all the ends of the earth
      and of the farthest seas.
5  In your strength you set fast the mountains 
   and are girded about with might.
6  You still the raging of the seas, 
   the roaring of their waves
      and the clamour of the peoples.
7  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
      tremble at your marvels; 
   the gates of the morning and evening sing your praise.
8  You visit the earth and water it; 
   you make it very plenteous.
9  The river of God is full of water; 
   you prepare grain for your people,
      for so you provide for the earth.
10  You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; 
   you soften the ground with showers and bless its increase.
11  You crown the year with your goodness, 
   and your paths overflow with plenty.
12  May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness 
   and the hills be girded with joy.
13  May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep 
   and the valleys stand so thick with corn
      that they shall laugh and sing.

[or Psalm 65.1-7]

1  Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; 
   to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.
2  To you shall all flesh come to confess their sins; 
   when our misdeeds prevail against us,
      you will purge them away.
3  Happy are they whom you choose
      and draw to your courts to dwell there. 
   We shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,
      even of your holy temple.
4  With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,
      O God of our salvation, 
   O hope of all the ends of the earth
      and of the farthest seas.
5  In your strength you set fast the mountains 
   and are girded about with might.
6  You still the raging of the seas, 
   the roaring of their waves
      and the clamour of the peoples.
7  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
      tremble at your marvels; 
   the gates of the morning and evening sing your praise.

2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 

16 At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Related:
Ecclesiasticus 35.12-17

12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
   and as generously as you can afford. 
13 For the Lord is the one who repays,
   and he will repay you sevenfold.

14 Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; 
15   and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice;
for the Lord is the judge,
   and with him there is no partiality. 
16 He will not show partiality to the poor;
   but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. 
17 He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan,
   or the widow when she pours out her complaint.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
or Jeremiah 14.7-10, 19-end

7 Although our iniquities testify against us,
   act, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
our apostasies indeed are many,
   and we have sinned against you. 
8 O hope of Israel,
   its saviour in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
   like a traveller turning aside for the night? 
9 Why should you be like someone confused,
   like a mighty warrior who cannot give help?
Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us,
   and we are called by your name;
   do not forsake us! 

10 Thus says the Lord concerning this people:
Truly they have loved to wander,
   they have not restrained their feet;
therefore the Lord does not accept them,
   now he will remember their iniquity
   and punish their sins. 

19 Have you completely rejected Judah?
   Does your heart loathe Zion?
Why have you struck us down
   so that there is no healing for us?
We look for peace, but find no good;
   for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. 
20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord,
   the iniquity of our ancestors,
   for we have sinned against you. 
21 Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake;
   do not dishonour your glorious throne;
   remember and do not break your covenant with us. 
22 Can any idols of the nations bring rain?
   Or can the heavens give showers?
Is it not you, O Lord our God?
   We set our hope on you,
   for it is you who do all this.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 84.1-7

1  How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 
   My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;
      my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
2  The sparrow has found her a house
      and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: 
   at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
3  Blessed are they who dwell in your house: 
   they will always be praising you.
4  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, 
   in whose heart are the highways to Zion,
5  Who going through the barren valley find there a spring, 
   and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.
6  They will go from strength to strength 
   and appear before God in Zion.
7  O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; 
   listen, O God of Jacob.

2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 

16 At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

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 18.9-14

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:10‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” 13But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

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.

Sunday 20 October 2019 Alternative 1 of 2 18th Sunday after Trinity Proper 24 Year C

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

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, our judge and saviour,

teach us to be open to your truth

and to trust in your love,

that we may live each day

with confidence in the salvation which is given

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings
Continuous:
Jeremiah 31.27-34

27 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals. 28And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. 29In those days they shall no longer say:
‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
   and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ 
30But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge.

31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. 

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 119.97-104

97  Lord, how I love your law! 
   All the day long it is my study.
98  Your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies, 
   for they are ever with me.
99  I have more understanding than all my teachers, 
   for your testimonies are my meditation.
100  I am wiser than the aged, 
   because I keep your commandments.
101  I restrain my feet from every evil way, 
   that I may keep your word.
102  I have not turned aside from your judgements, 
   for you have been my teacher.
103  How sweet are your words on my tongue! 
   They are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104  Through your commandments I get understanding; 
   therefore I hate all lying ways.

2 Timothy 3.14-4.5

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

4In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Related:
Genesis 32.22-31

22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’ 27So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ 28Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’ 29Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’ 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 121

1  I lift up my eyes to the hills; 
   from where is my help to come?
2  My help comes from the Lord, 
   the maker of heaven and earth.
3  He will not suffer your foot to stumble; 
   he who watches over you will not sleep.
4  Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel 
   shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The Lord himself watches over you; 
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
6  So that the sun shall not strike you by day, 
   neither the moon by night.
7  The Lord shall keep you from all evil; 
   it is he who shall keep your soul.
8  The Lord shall keep watch over your going out
      and your coming in, 
   from this time forth for evermore.

2 Timothy 3.14-4.5

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

4In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

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 18.1-8
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise to you, O Christ.
Post Communion

We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:

for here we receive you,

here the memory of your passion is renewed,

here our minds are filled with grace,

and here a pledge of future glory is given,

when we shall feast at that table where you reign

with all your saints for ever.

Sunday 13 October 2019 Alternative 1 of 2 17th Sunday after Trinity Proper 23 Year C

Almighty God,

you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

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 God,

you call us to fullness of life:

deliver us from unbelief

and banish our anxieties

with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings
Continuous:
Jeremiah 29.1, 4-7

29These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 66.1-11

1  Be joyful in God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
      sing the glory of his praise.
2  Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! 
   Because of your great strength
      your enemies shall bow before you.
3  ‘All the earth shall worship you, 
   sing to you, sing praise to your name.’
4  Come now and behold the works of God, 
   how wonderful he is in his dealings with humankind.
5  He turned the sea into dry land;
      the river they passed through on foot; 
   there we rejoiced in him.
6  In his might he rules for ever;
      his eyes keep watch over the nations; 
   let no rebel rise up against him.
7  Bless our God, O you peoples; 
   make the voice of his praise to be heard,
8  Who holds our souls in life 
   and suffers not our feet to slip.
9  For you, O God, have proved us; 
   you have tried us as silver is tried.
10  You brought us into the snare; 
   you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11  You let enemies ride over our heads;
      we went through fire and water; 
   but you brought us out into a place of liberty.

2 Timothy 2.8-15

8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us; 
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Related:
2 Kings 5.1-3, 7-15c

5Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, ‘If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’ 7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.’

8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.’ 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ 11But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’ 14So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.’

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 111

1  Alleluia.
      I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, 
   in the company of the faithful and in the congregation.
2  The works of the Lord are great, 
   sought out by all who delight in them.
3  His work is full of majesty and honour 
   and his righteousness endures for ever.
4  He appointed a memorial for his marvellous deeds; 
   the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5  He gave food to those who feared him; 
   he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6  He showed his people the power of his works 
   in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7  The works of his hands are truth and justice; 
   all his commandments are sure.
8  They stand fast for ever and ever; 
   they are done in truth and equity.
9  He sent redemption to his people;
      he commanded his covenant for ever; 
   holy and awesome is his name.
10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
      a good understanding have those who live by it; 
   his praise endures for ever.

2 Timothy 2.8-15

8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us; 
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

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 17.11-19
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise to you, O Christ.
Post Communion

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us,

and make us continually to be given to all good works;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 6 October 2019 Alternative 1 of 3 16th Sunday after Trinity Proper 22 Year C

Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear

the prayers of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;

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

Lord of creation,

whose glory is around and within us:

open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence

and know your peace at our lives’ end,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

Lamentations 1.1-6

1

How lonely sits the city

   that once was full of people!

How like a widow she has become,

   she that was great among the nations!

She that was a princess among the provinces

   has become a vassal.

2 She weeps bitterly in the night,

   with tears on her cheeks;

among all her lovers

   she has no one to comfort her;

all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,

   they have become her enemies.

3 Judah has gone into exile with suffering

   and hard servitude;

she lives now among the nations,

   and finds no resting-place;

her pursuers have all overtaken her

   in the midst of her distress.

4 The roads to Zion mourn,

   for no one comes to the festivals;

all her gates are desolate,

   her priests groan;

her young girls grieve,

   and her lot is bitter.

5 Her foes have become the masters,

   her enemies prosper,

because the Lord has made her suffer

   for the multitude of her transgressions;

her children have gone away,

   captives before the foe.

6 From daughter Zion has departed

   all her majesty.

Her princes have become like stags

   that find no pasture;

they fled without strength

   before the pursuer.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Lamentations 3.19-26

19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness

   is wormwood and gall!

20 My soul continually thinks of it

   and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind,

   and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

   his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning;

   great is your faithfulness.

24 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,

   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

   to the soul that seeks him.

26 It is good that one should wait quietly

   for the salvation of the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Psalm 137

1  By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, •

   when we remembered Zion.

2  As for our lyres, we hung them up •

   on the willows that grow in that land.

3  For there our captors asked for a song,

      our tormentors called for mirth: •

   ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’

4  How shall we sing the Lord’s song •

   in a strange land?

5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, •

   let my right hand forget its skill.

6  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth

      if I do not remember you, •

   if I set not Jerusalem above my highest joy.

7  Remember, O Lord, against the people of Edom

      the day of Jerusalem, •

   how they said, ‘Down with it, down with it,

      even to the ground.’

8  O daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, •

   happy the one who repays you

      for all you have done to us;

9  Who takes your little ones, •

   and dashes them against the rock.

[or Psalm 137.1-6]

1  By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, •

   when we remembered Zion.

2  As for our lyres, we hung them up •

   on the willows that grow in that land.

3  For there our captors asked for a song,

      our tormentors called for mirth: •

   ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’

4  How shall we sing the Lord’s song •

   in a strange land?

5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, •

   let my right hand forget its skill.

6  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth

      if I do not remember you, •

   if I set not Jerusalem above my highest joy.

2 Timothy 1.1-14

1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Related:

Habakkuk 1.1-4; Habakkuk 2.1-4

1

The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,

   and you will not listen?

Or cry to you ‘Violence!’

   and you will not save?

3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing

   and look at trouble?

Destruction and violence are before me;

   strife and contention arise.

4 So the law becomes slack

   and justice never prevails.

The wicked surround the righteous—

   therefore judgement comes forth perverted.

2

I will stand at my watch-post,

   and station myself on the rampart;

I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,

   and what he will answer concerning my complaint.

2 Then the Lord answered me and said:

Write the vision;

   make it plain on tablets,

   so that a runner may read it.

3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;

   it speaks of the end, and does not lie.

If it seems to tarry, wait for it;

   it will surely come, it will not delay.

4 Look at the proud!

   Their spirit is not right in them,

   but the righteous live by their faith.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 37.1-9

1  Fret not because of evildoers; •

   be not jealous of those who do wrong.

2  For they shall soon wither like grass •

   and like the green herb fade away.

3  Trust in the Lord and be doing good; •

   dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.

4  Let your delight be in the Lord •

   and he will give you your heart’s desire.

5  Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, •

   and he will bring it to pass.

6  He will make your righteousness as clear as the light •

   and your just dealing as the noonday.

7  Be still before the Lord and wait for him; •

   do not fret over those that prosper

      as they follow their evil schemes.

8  Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; •

   do not fret, lest you be moved to do evil.

9  For evildoers shall be cut off, •

   but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.

2 Timothy 1.1-14

1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

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 17.5-10

5 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ 6The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you.

7 ‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? 8Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” ’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Almighty God,

you have taught us through your Son

that love is the fulfilling of the law:

grant that we may love you with our whole heart

and our neighbours as ourselves;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday 30 September 2019 Alternative 2 of 2 Michael and All Angels / Trinity 15 Year C

Reading Notes: Use this provision if Michael and All Angels is transferred to Monday 30 September.

Collect

Everlasting God,

you have ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:

grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,

so, at your command,

they may help and defend us on earth;

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.

Readings

Genesis 28.10-17

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. 11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. 15Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ 16Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ 17And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Revelation 12.7-12

7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

‘Now have come the salvation and the power

   and the kingdom of our God

   and the authority of his Messiah,

for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,

   who accuses them day and night before our God.

11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb

   and by the word of their testimony,

for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

12 Rejoice then, you heavens

   and those who dwell in them!

But woe to the earth and the sea,

   for the devil has come down to you

with great wrath,

   because he knows that his time is short!’

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 103.19-end

19  The Lord has established his throne in heaven, •

   and his kingdom has dominion over all.

20  Bless the Lord, you angels of his, •

   you mighty ones who do his bidding

      and hearken to the voice of his word.

21  Bless the Lord, all you his hosts, •

   you ministers of his who do his will.

22  Bless the Lord, all you works of his,

      in all places of his dominion; •

   bless the Lord, O my soul.

Revelation 12.7-12

7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

‘Now have come the salvation and the power

   and the kingdom of our God

   and the authority of his Messiah,

for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,

   who accuses them day and night before our God.

11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb

   and by the word of their testimony,

for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

12 Rejoice then, you heavens

   and those who dwell in them!

But woe to the earth and the sea,

   for the devil has come down to you

with great wrath,

   because he knows that his time is short!’

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

or Hebrews 1.5-end

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,

‘You are my Son;

   today I have begotten you’?

Or again,

‘I will be his Father,

   and he will be my Son’?

6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’

7Of the angels he says,

‘He makes his angels winds,

   and his servants flames of fire.’

8But of the Son he says,

‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever,

   and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom.

9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has anointed you

   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’

10And,

‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,

   and the heavens are the work of your hands;

11 they will perish, but you remain;

   they will all wear out like clothing;

12 like a cloak you will roll them up,

   and like clothing they will be changed.

But you are the same,

   and your years will never end.’

13But to which of the angels has he ever said,

‘Sit at my right hand

   until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’?

14Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

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

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

John 1.47-end

47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

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 22 September 2019 Alternative 1 of 2 14th Sunday after Trinity Proper 20 Year C

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:
Jeremiah 8.18-9.1

18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me,
   my heart is sick. 
19 Hark, the cry of my poor people
   from far and wide in the land:
‘Is the Lord not in Zion?
   Is her King not in her?’
(‘Why have they provoked me to anger with their images,
   with their foreign idols?’) 
20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
   and we are not saved.’ 
21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt,
   I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. 

22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
   Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
   not been restored?

9O that my head were a spring of water,
   and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night
   for the slain of my poor people!

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 79.1-9

1  O God, the heathen have come into your heritage; 
   your holy temple have they defiled
      and made Jerusalem a heap of stones.
2  The dead bodies of your servants they have given
      to be food for the birds of the air, 
   and the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the field.
3  Their blood have they shed like water
      on every side of Jerusalem, 
   and there was no one to bury them.
4  We have become the taunt of our neighbours, 
   the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.
5  Lord, how long will you be angry, for ever? 
   How long will your jealous fury blaze like fire?
6  Pour out your wrath upon the nations that have not known you, 
   and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your name.
7  For they have devoured Jacob 
   and laid waste his dwelling place.
8  Remember not against us our former sins; 
   let your compassion make haste to meet us,
      for we are brought very low.
9  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; 
   deliver us, and wipe away our sins for your name’s sake.

1 Timothy 2.1-7

2First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For
there is one God;
   there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human, 
6   who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time. 7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Related:
Amos 8.4-7

4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
   and bring to ruin the poor of the land, 
5 saying, ‘When will the new moon be over
   so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath,
   so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
   and practise deceit with false balances, 
6 buying the poor for silver
   and the needy for a pair of sandals,
   and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ 

7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.
Psalm 113

1  Alleluia.
      Give praise, you servants of the Lord, 
   O praise the name of the Lord.
2  Blessed be the name of the Lord, 
   from this time forth and for evermore.
3  From the rising of the sun to its setting 
   let the name of the Lord be praised.
4  The Lord is high above all nations 
   and his glory above the heavens.
5  Who is like the Lord our God,
      that has his throne so high, 
   yet humbles himself to behold
      the things of heaven and earth?
6  He raises the poor from the dust 
   and lifts the needy from the ashes,
7  To set them with princes, 
   with the princes of his people.
8  He gives the barren woman a place in the house 
   and makes her a joyful mother of children.
      Alleluia.

1 Timothy 2.1-7

2First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For
there is one God;
   there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human, 
6   who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time. 7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

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 16.1-13

16Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” 3Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” 6He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” 7Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

10 ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise 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.

Sunday 15 September 2019 Alternative 1 of 2 13th Sunday after Trinity Proper 19 Year C

Almighty God,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Almighty God,

you search us and know us:

may we rely on you in strength

and rest on you in weakness,

now and in all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

Jeremiah 4.11-12, 22-28

11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert towards my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse— 12a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgement against them.

22 ‘For my people are foolish,

   they do not know me;

they are stupid children,

   they have no understanding.

They are skilled in doing evil,

   but do not know how to do good.’

23 I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void;

   and to the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking,

   and all the hills moved to and fro.

25 I looked, and lo, there was no one at all,

   and all the birds of the air had fled.

26 I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert,

   and all its cities were laid in ruins

   before the Lord, before his fierce anger.

27 For thus says the Lord: The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.

28 Because of this the earth shall mourn,

   and the heavens above grow black;

for I have spoken, I have purposed;

   I have not relented nor will I turn back.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 14

1  The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ •

   Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;

      there is no one that does good.

2  The Lord has looked down from heaven

      upon the children of earth, •

   to see if there is anyone who is wise

      and seeks after God.

3  But every one has turned back;

      all alike have become corrupt: •

   there is none that does good; no, not one.

4  Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, •

   who eat up my people as if they ate bread

      and do not call upon the Lord?

5  There shall they be in great fear; •

   for God is in the company of the righteous.

6  Though they would confound the counsel of the poor, •

   yet the Lord shall be their refuge.

7  O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion! •

   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,

      then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

1 Timothy 1.12-17

12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Related:

Exodus 32.7-14

7 The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” ’ 9The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’

11 But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.” ’ 14And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 51.1-11

1  Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; •

   according to the abundance of your compassion

      blot out my offences.

2  Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness •

   and cleanse me from my sin.

3  For I acknowledge my faults •

   and my sin is ever before me.

4  Against you only have I sinned •

   and done what is evil in your sight,

5  So that you are justified in your sentence •

   and righteous in your judgement.

6  I have been wicked even from my birth, •

   a sinner when my mother conceived me.

7  Behold, you desire truth deep within me •

   and shall make me understand wisdom

      in the depths of my heart.

8  Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; •

   wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

9  Make me hear of joy and gladness, •

   that the bones you have broken may rejoice.

10  Turn your face from my sins •

   and blot out all my misdeeds.

11  Make me a clean heart, O God, •

   and renew a right spirit within me.

1 Timothy 1.12-17

12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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 15.1-10

15

Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’

3 So he told them this parable: 4‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

8 ‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God our creator,

you feed your children with the true manna,

the living bread from heaven:

let this holy food sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage

until we come to that place where hunger and thirst are no more;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.