First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Go and Make Disciples!
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 22
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
             Psalm       Psalm 19
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 5:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 80:7–15
             New Testament       Philippians 3:4b–14
             Gospel       Matthew 21:33–46

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
13 “You shall not kill.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
18 Now when all the people perceived the thunderings and the lightnings and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled; and they stood afar off, 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will hear; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to prove you, and that the fear of him may be before your eyes, that you may not sin.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 19
PSALM 19
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

      1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
      and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
      2 Day to day pours forth speech,
      and night to night declares knowledge.
      3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
      their voice is not heard;
      4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
      and their words to the end of the world.
      In them he has set a tent for the sun,
      5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
      and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
      6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
      and its circuit to the end of them;
      and there is nothing hid from its heat.
      7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
      reviving the soul;
      the testimony of the LORD is sure,
      making wise the simple;
      8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
      rejoicing the heart;
      the commandment of the LORD is pure,
      enlightening the eyes;
      9 the fear of the LORD is clean,
      enduring for ever;
      the ordinances of the LORD are true,
      and righteous altogether.
      10 More to be desired are they than gold,
      even much fine gold;
      sweeter also than honey
      and drippings of the honeycomb.
      11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned;
      in keeping them there is great reward.
      12 But who can discern his errors?
      Clear thou me from hidden faults.
      13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
      let them not have dominion over me!
      Then I shall be blameless,
      and innocent of great transgression.
      14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
      be acceptable in thy sight,
      O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 5:1–7
1 Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard:
      My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
      2 He digged 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;
      and he looked for it to yield grapes,
      but it yielded wild grapes.
      3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
      and men of Judah,
      judge, I pray you, between me
      and my vineyard.
      4 What more was there to do for my vineyard,
      that I have not done in it?
      When I looked for it to yield grapes,
      why did it yield wild grapes?
      5 And now I will tell you
      what I will do to my vineyard.
      I will remove its hedge,
      and it shall be devoured;
      I will break down its wall,
      and it shall be trampled down.
      6 I will make it a waste;
      it shall not be pruned or hoed,
      and briers and thorns shall grow up;
      I will also command the clouds
      that they rain no rain upon it.
      7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
      is the house of Israel,
      and the men of Judah
      are his pleasant planting;
      and he looked for justice,
      but behold, bloodshed;
      for righteousness,
      but behold, a cry!
 
PSALM
Psalm 80:7–15
      7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
      let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
      8 Thou didst bring a vine out of Egypt;
      thou didst drive out the nations and plant it.
      9 Thou didst clear the ground for it;
      it took deep root and filled the land.
      10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
      the mighty cedars with its branches;
      11 it sent out its branches to the sea,
      and its shoots to the River.
      12 Why then hast thou broken down its walls,
      so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
      13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
      and all that move in the field feed on it.
      14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
      Look down from heaven, and see;
      have regard for this vine,
      15 the stock which thy right hand planted.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 3:4b–14
4 Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If any other man thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee, 6 as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL
Matthew 21:33–46
33 “Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. 34 When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;35 and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. 37 Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’39 And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
      ‘The very stone which the builders rejected
      has become the head of the corner;
      this was the Lord’s doing,
      and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.”
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
 
 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017 | SPECIAL DAYS
THANKSGIVING DAY (CANADA)
YEAR A
             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 8:7–18
             Psalm       Psalm 65
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 9:6–15
             Gospel       Luke 17:11–19

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Deuteronomy 8:7–18
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
11 “Take heed lest you forget the LORD your God, by not keeping his commandments and his ordinances and his statutes, which I command you this day: 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, 15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day.

PSALM
Psalm 65
PSALM 65
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1 Praise is due to thee,
      O God, in Zion;
      and to thee shall vows be performed, 2 O thou who hearest prayer!
      To thee shall all flesh come 3 on account of sins.
      When our transgressions prevail over us,
      thou dost forgive them. 4 Blessed is he whom thou dost choose and bring near,
      to dwell in thy courts!
      We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house,
      thy holy temple!
      5 By dread deeds thou dost answer us with deliverance,
      O God of our salvation,
      who art the hope of all the ends of the earth,
      and of the farthest seas;
      6 who by thy strength hast established the mountains,
      being girded with might;
      7 who dost still the roaring of the seas,
      the roaring of their waves,
      the tumult of the peoples;
      8 so that those who dwell at earth’s farthest bounds
      are afraid at thy signs;
      thou makest the outgoings of the morning and the evening
      to shout for joy.
      9 Thou visitest the earth and waterest it,
      thou greatly enrichest it;
      the river of God is full of water;
      thou providest their grain,
      for so thou hast prepared it.
      10 Thou waterest its furrows abundantly,
      settling its ridges,
      softening it with showers,
      and blessing its growth.
      11 Thou crownest the year with thy bounty;
      the tracks of thy chariot drip with fatness.
      12 The pastures of the wilderness drip,
      the hills gird themselves with joy,
      13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
      the valleys deck themselves with grain,
      they shout and sing together for joy.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 9:6–15
6 The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written,
      “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
      his righteousness endures for ever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God; 12 for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God. 13 Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others; 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
 
GOSPEL
Luke 17:11–19
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 23
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 32:1–14
             Psalm       Psalm 106:1–6, 19–23
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 25:1–9
             Psalm       Psalm 23
             New Testament       Philippians 4:1–9
             Gospel       Matthew 22:1–14

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 32:1–14
1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, “Up, make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 And Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made a molten calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
7 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; 8 they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” 9 And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; 10 now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.”
11 But Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as 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.’” 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.
 
PSALM
Psalm 106:1–6, 19–23
1 Praise the LORD!
      O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
      for his steadfast love endures for ever!
      2 Who can utter the mighty doings of the LORD,
      or show forth all his praise?
      3 Blessed are they who observe justice,
      who do righteousness at all times!
      4 Remember me, O LORD, when thou showest favor to thy people;
      help me when thou deliverest them;
      5 that I may see the prosperity of thy chosen ones,
      that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,
      that I may glory with thy heritage.
      6 Both we and our fathers have sinned;
      we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

      19 They made a calf in Horeb
      and worshiped a molten image.
      20 They exchanged the glory of God
      for the image of an ox that eats grass.
      21 They forgot God, their Savior,
      who had done great things in Egypt,
      22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
      and terrible things by the Red Sea.
      23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
      had not Moses, his chosen one,
      stood in the breach before him,
      to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 25:1–9
      1 O LORD, thou art my God;
      I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
      for thou hast done wonderful things,
      plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
      2 For thou hast made the city a heap,
      the fortified city a ruin;
      the palace of aliens is a city no more,
      it will never be rebuilt.
      3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify thee;
      cities of ruthless nations will fear thee.
      4 For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor,
      a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
      a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
      for the blast of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
      5 like heat in a dry place.
      Thou dost subdue the noise of the aliens;
      as heat by the shade of a cloud,
      so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 23
PSALM 23
A Psalm of David.
      1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      2 he makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters;
      3 he restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
      they comfort me.
      5 Thou preparest a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
      for ever.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 4:1–9
1 Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I entreat Eu-odia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 And I ask you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. 6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 22:1–14
1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ 5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 24
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 33:12–23
             Psalm       Psalm 99
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 45:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
             Gospel       Matthew 22:15–22

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 33:12–23
12 Moses said to the LORD, “See, thou sayest to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thy sight, show me now thy ways, that I may know thee and find favor in thy sight. Consider too that this nation is thy people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If thy presence will not go with me, do not carry us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in thy sight, I and thy people? Is it not in thy going with us, so that we are distinct, I and thy people, from all other people that are upon the face of the earth?”
17 And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand upon the rock; 22 and 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; 23 then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 99
PSALM 99
1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
      He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
      2 The LORD is great in Zion;
      he is exalted over all the peoples.
      3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name!
      Holy is he!
      4 Mighty King, lover of justice,
      thou hast established equity;
      thou hast executed justice
      and righteousness in Jacob.
      5 Extol the LORD our God;
      worship at his footstool!
      Holy is he!
      6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
      Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
      They cried to the LORD, and he answered them.
      7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
      they kept his testimonies,
      and the statutes that he gave them.
      8 O LORD our God, thou didst answer them;
      thou wast a forgiving God to them,
      but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
      9 Extol the LORD our God,
      and worship at his holy mountain;
      for the LORD our God is holy!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 45:1–7
      1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
      whose right hand I have grasped,
      to subdue nations before him
      and ungird the loins of kings,
      to open doors before him
      that gates may not be closed:
      2 “I will go before you
      and level the mountains,
      I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
      and cut asunder the bars of iron,
      3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
      and the hoards in secret places,
      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 gird you, though you do not know me,
      6 that men may know, from the rising of the sun
      and from the west, that there is none 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 am the LORD, who do all these things.
 
PSALM
Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)
1 O sing to the LORD a new song;
      sing to the LORD, all the earth!
      2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
      tell of his salvation from day to day.
      3 Declare his glory among the nations,
      his marvelous works among all the peoples!
      4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
      he is to be feared above all gods.
      5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols;
      but the LORD made the heavens.
      6 Honor and majesty are before him;
      strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
      7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
      ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
      8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
      bring an offering, and come into his courts!
      9 Worship the LORD in holy array;
      tremble before him, all the earth!
[
      10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
      Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
      he will judge the peoples with equity.”
      11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
      let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
      12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
      Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
      13 before the LORD, for he comes,
      for he comes to judge the earth.
      He will judge the world with righteousness,
      and the peoples with his truth.
]

NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
1 Paul, 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 give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you; 5 for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit; 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us what a welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 22:15–22
15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodi-ans, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the money for the tax.” And they brought him a coin. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”22 When they heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away.
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 25
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 34:1–12
             Psalm       Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18
             Psalm       Psalm 1
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
             Gospel       Matthew 22:34–46

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Deuteronomy 34:1–12
1 And 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 all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD, 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no man knows the place of his burial to this day. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the people of Israel obeyed him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.
 
PSALM
Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17
      1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place
      in all generations.
      2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
      or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
      3 Thou turnest man back to the dust,
      and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!”
      4 For a thousand years in thy sight
      are but as yesterday when it is past,
      or as a watch in the night.
      5 Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream,
      like grass which is renewed in the morning:
      6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
      in the evening it fades and withers.

      13 Return, O LORD! How long?
      Have pity on thy servants!
      14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love,
      that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
      15 Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us,
      and as many years as we have seen evil.
      16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants,
      and thy glorious power to their children.
      17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
      and establish thou the work of our hands upon us,
      yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18
1 And the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy.
15 “You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand forth against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbor, lest you bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
 
PSALM
Psalm 1
PSALM 1
      1 Blessed is the man
      who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
      nor stands in the way of sinners,
      nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
      2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
      and on his law he meditates day and night.
      3 He is like a tree
      planted by streams of water,
      that yields its fruit in its season,
      and its leaf does not wither.
      In all that he does, he prospers.
      4 The wicked are not so,
      but are like chaff which the wind drives away.
      5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
      nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
      6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
      but the way of the wicked will perish.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our visit to you was not in vain; 2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness; 6 nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 22:34–46
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
       44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
      Sit at my right hand,
      till I put thy enemies under thy feet’?
 45 If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did any one dare to ask him any more questions.
 
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 | SPECIAL DAYS
ALL SAINTS
YEAR A
             First Reading       Revelation 7:9–17
             Psalm       Psalm 34:1–10, 22
             New Testament       1 John 3:1–3
             Gospel       Matthew 5:1–12

Index of Readings

FIRST READING
Revelation 7:9–17
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels stood round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor 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, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
      15 Therefore are they before the throne of God,
      and serve him day and night within his temple;
      and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence.
      16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
      the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
      17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
      and he will guide them to springs of living water;
      and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 34:1–10, 22
      1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
      his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
      2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
      let the afflicted hear and be glad.
      3 O magnify the LORD with me,
      and let us exalt his name together!
      4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
      and delivered me from all my fears.
      5 Look to him, and be radiant;
      so your faces shall never be ashamed.
      6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him,
      and saved him out of all his 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 good!
      Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
      9 O fear the LORD, you his saints,
      for those who fear him have no want!
      10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
      but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
      22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
      none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 John 3:1–3
1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 5:1–12
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth 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 shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 11 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 26
YEAR A
On the same date: All Saints (Observed)

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Joshua 3:7–17
             Psalm       Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Micah 3:5–12
             Psalm       Psalm 43
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 2:9–13
             Gospel       Matthew 23:1–12

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Joshua 3:7–17
7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” 9 And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is to pass over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”
14 So, when the people set out from their tents, to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 And while all Israel were passing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.
 
PSALM
Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37
      1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
      for his steadfast love endures for ever!
      2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
      whom he has redeemed from trouble
      3 and gathered in from the lands,
      from the east and from the west,
      from the north and from the south.
      4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
      finding no way to a city to dwell in;
      5 hungry and thirsty,
      their soul fainted within them.
      6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
      and he delivered them from their distress;
      7 he led them by a straight way,
      till they reached a city to dwell in.

      33 He turns rivers into a desert,
      springs of water into thirsty ground,
      34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
      because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
      35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
      a parched land into springs of water.
      36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
      and they establish a city to live in;
      37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
      and get a fruitful yield.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Micah 3:5–12
      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 him
      who puts nothing into their mouths.
      6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
      and darkness to you, without divination.
      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 heads of the house of Jacob
      and rulers of the house of Israel,
      who abhor justice
      and pervert all equity,
      10 who build Zion with blood
      and Jerusalem with wrong.
      11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe,
      its priests teach for hire,
      its prophets divine for money;
      yet they lean upon the LORD and say,
      “Is not the LORD in the midst of us?
      No evil shall come upon us.”
      12 Therefore because of you
      Zion shall be plowed as a field;
      Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
      and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
 
PSALM
Psalm 43
PSALM 43
1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
      against an ungodly people;
      from deceitful and unjust men
      deliver me!
      2 For thou art the God in whom I take refuge;
      why hast thou cast me off?
      Why go I mourning
      because of the oppression of the enemy?
      3 Oh send out thy light and thy truth;
      let them lead me,
      let them bring me to thy holy hill
      and to thy dwelling!
      4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
      to God my exceeding joy;
      and I will praise thee with the lyre,
      O God, my God.
      5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
      and why are you disquieted within me?
      Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
      my help and my God.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 2:9–13
9 For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers; 11 for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you 12 to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 23:1–12
1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. 4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; 12 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
 
 
ON THE SAME DATE | SPECIAL DAYS
ALL SAINTS (OBSERVED)
YEAR A
On the same date: Proper 26
             First Reading       Revelation 7:9–17
             Psalm       Psalm 34:1–10, 22
             New Testament       1 John 3:1–3
             Gospel       Matthew 5:1–12

Index of Readings

FIRST READING
Revelation 7:9–17
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels stood round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor 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, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
      15 Therefore are they before the throne of God,
      and serve him day and night within his temple;
      and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence.
      16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
      the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
      17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
      and he will guide them to springs of living water;
      and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 34:1–10, 22
      1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
      his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
      2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
      let the afflicted hear and be glad.
      3 O magnify the LORD with me,
      and let us exalt his name together!
      4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me,
      and delivered me from all my fears.
      5 Look to him, and be radiant;
      so your faces shall never be ashamed.
      6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him,
      and saved him out of all his 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 good!
      Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
      9 O fear the LORD, you his saints,
      for those who fear him have no want!
      10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
      but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
      22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
      none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 John 3:1–3
1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 5:1–12
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth 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 shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 11 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 27
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25
             Psalm       Psalm 78:1–7
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Wisdom of Solomon 6:12–16 or Amos 5:18–24
             Psalm       Wisdom of Solomon 6:17–20 or Psalm 70
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
             Gospel       Matthew 25:1–13

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25
1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Your fathers lived of old beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac;
14 “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if you be unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land; therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”
19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD; for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “Nay; but we will serve the LORD.” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
 
PSALM
Psalm 78:1–7
      1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
      incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
      2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
      I will utter dark sayings from of old,
      3 things that we have heard and known,
      that our fathers have told us.
      4 We will not hide them from their children,
      but tell to the coming generation
      the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
      and the wonders which he has wrought.
      5 He established a testimony in Jacob,
      and appointed a law in Israel,
      which he commanded our fathers
      to teach to their children;
      6 that the next generation might know them,
      the children yet unborn,
      and arise and tell them to their children,
      7 so that they should set their hope in God,
      and not forget the works of God,
      but keep his commandments;
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Option A
Wisdom of Solomon 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 He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
      for he will find her sitting at his gates. 15 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
      and he 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.

OR
Option B
Amos 5:18–24
      18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
      Why would you have the day of the LORD?
      It is darkness, and not light;
      19 as if a man fled from a lion,
      and a bear met him;
      or went into the house and leaned with his hand against the wall,
      and a serpent bit him.
      20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,
      and gloom with no brightness in it?
      21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,
      and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
      22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings,
      I will not accept them,
      and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts
      I will not look upon.
      23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
      to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
      24 But let justice roll down like waters,
      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
 
PSALM
Option A
Wisdom of Solomon 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.

OR
Option B
Psalm 70
PSALM 70

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
      1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me!
      O LORD, make haste to help me!
      2 Let them be put to shame and confusion
      who seek my life!
      Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
      who desire my hurt!
      3 Let them be appalled because of their shame
      who say, “Aha, Aha!”
      4 May all who seek thee
      rejoice and be glad in thee!
      May those who love thy salvation
      say evermore, “God is great!”
      5 But I am poor and needy;
      hasten to me, O God!
      Thou art my help and my deliverer;
      O LORD, do not tarry!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For 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, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; 17 then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 25:1–13
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 28
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Judges 4:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 123
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18
             Psalm       Psalm 90:1–8 (9–11) 12
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
             Gospel       Matthew 25:14–30

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Judges 4:1–7
1 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, after Ehud died. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth-ha-goiim. 3 Then the people of Israel cried to the LORD for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.
4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abino-am from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. 7 And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.’”
 
PSALM
Psalm 123
PSALM 123
A Song of Ascents.
      1 To thee I lift up my eyes,
      O thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
      2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
      look to the hand of their master,
      as the eyes of a maid
      to the hand of her mistress,
      so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
      till he have mercy upon us.
      3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
      for we have had more than enough of contempt.
      4 Too long our soul has been sated
      with the scorn of those who are at ease,
      the contempt of the proud.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
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
      and consecrated his guests.
      12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
      and I will punish the men
      who are thickening upon their lees,
      those who say in their hearts,
      ‘The LORD will not do good,
      nor will he do ill.’
      13 Their goods 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 mighty man cries aloud there.
      15 A day of wrath is that day,
      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 distress on men,
      so 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
      shall be able to deliver them
      on the day of the wrath of the LORD.
      In the fire of his jealous wrath,
      all the earth shall be consumed;
      for a full, yea, sudden end
      he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
 
PSALM
Psalm 90:1–8 (9–11) 12
      1 LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place
      in all generations.
      2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
      or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
      3 Thou turnest man back to the dust,
      and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!”
      4 For a thousand years in thy sight
      are but as yesterday when it is past,
      or as a watch in the night.
      5 Thou dost sweep men away; they are like a dream,
      like grass which is renewed in the morning:
      6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
      in the evening it fades and withers.
      7 For we are consumed by thy anger;
      by thy wrath we are overwhelmed.
      8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee,
      our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
[
      9 For all our days pass away under thy wrath,
      our years come to an end like a sigh.
      10 The years of our life are threescore and ten,
      or even by reason of strength fourscore;
      yet their span is but toil and trouble;
      they are soon gone, and we fly away.
      11 Who considers the power of thy anger,
      and thy wrath according to the fear of thee?
]
      12 So teach us to number our days
      that we may get a heart of wisdom.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
1 But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But, 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. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 25:14–30
14 “For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. 17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’
 
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017 | SPECIAL DAYS
THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.A)
YEAR A
             Old Testament       Deuteronomy 8:7–18
             Psalm       Psalm 65
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 9:6–15
             Gospel       Luke 17:11–19

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Deuteronomy 8:7–18
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
11 “Take heed lest you forget the LORD your God, by not keeping his commandments and his ordinances and his statutes, which I command you this day: 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, 15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day.

PSALM
Psalm 65
PSALM 65
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1 Praise is due to thee,
      O God, in Zion;
      and to thee shall vows be performed, 2 O thou who hearest prayer!
      To thee shall all flesh come 3 on account of sins.
      When our transgressions prevail over us,
      thou dost forgive them. 4 Blessed is he whom thou dost choose and bring near,
      to dwell in thy courts!
      We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house,
      thy holy temple!
      5 By dread deeds thou dost answer us with deliverance,
      O God of our salvation,
      who art the hope of all the ends of the earth,
      and of the farthest seas;
      6 who by thy strength hast established the mountains,
      being girded with might;
      7 who dost still the roaring of the seas,
      the roaring of their waves,
      the tumult of the peoples;
      8 so that those who dwell at earth’s farthest bounds
      are afraid at thy signs;
      thou makest the outgoings of the morning and the evening
      to shout for joy.
      9 Thou visitest the earth and waterest it,
      thou greatly enrichest it;
      the river of God is full of water;
      thou providest their grain,
      for so thou hast prepared it.
      10 Thou waterest its furrows abundantly,
      settling its ridges,
      softening it with showers,
      and blessing its growth.
      11 Thou crownest the year with thy bounty;
      the tracks of thy chariot drip with fatness.
      12 The pastures of the wilderness drip,
      the hills gird themselves with joy,
      13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
      the valleys deck themselves with grain,
      they shout and sing together for joy.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Corinthians 9:6–15
6 The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written,
      “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
      his righteousness endures for ever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God; 12 for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God. 13 Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others; 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
 
GOSPEL
Luke 17:11–19
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
CHRIST THE KING OR REIGN OF CHRIST
PROPER 29
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
             Psalm       Psalm 100
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
             Psalm       Psalm 95:1–7a
             New Testament       Ephesians 1:15–23
             Gospel       Matthew 25:31–46

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
11 “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.
20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will save my flock, they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.
 
PSALM
Psalm 100
PSALM 100
A Psalm for the thank offering.
      1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!
      2 Serve the LORD with gladness!
      Come into his presence with singing!
      3 Know that the LORD is God!
      It is he that made us, and we are his;
      we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
      and his courts with praise!
      Give thanks to him, bless his name!
      5 For the LORD is good;
      his steadfast love endures for ever,
      and his faithfulness to all generations.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
11 “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.
20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will save my flock, they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.
 
PSALM
Psalm 95:1–7a
1 O come, let us sing to the LORD;
      let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
      2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
      let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
      3 For the LORD is a great God,
      and a great King above all gods.
      4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
      the heights of the mountains are his also.
      5 The sea is his, for he made it;
      for his hands formed the dry land.
      6 O come, let us worship and bow down,
      let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
      7 For he is our God,
      and we are the people of his pasture,
      and the sheep of his hand.
      O that today you would hearken to his voice!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Ephesians 1:15–23
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; 22 and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 25:31–46
31 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. 34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
 
 
 
 

2017–2018
Year B
 
 
 
 
ADVENT
 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 | ADVENT
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Isaiah 64:1–9
             Psalm       Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
             New Testament       1 Corinthians 1:3–9
             Gospel       Mark 13:24–37

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 64:1–9
1 O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down,
      that the mountains might quake at thy presence—
      2 as when fire kindles brushwood
      and the fire causes water to boil—
      to make thy name known to thy adversaries,
      and that the nations might tremble at thy presence!
      3 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for,
      thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence.
      4 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
      no eye has seen a God besides thee,
      who works for those who wait for him.
      5 Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness,
      those that remember thee in thy ways.
      Behold, thou wast angry,
      and we sinned;
      in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
      6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
      and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
      We all fade like a leaf,
      and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
      7 There is no one that calls upon thy name,
      that bestirs himself to take hold of thee;
      for thou hast hid thy face from us,
      and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.
      8 Yet, O LORD,
      thou art our Father;
      we are the clay, and thou art our potter;
      we are all the work of thy hand.
      9 Be not exceedingly angry, O LORD,
      and remember not iniquity for ever.
      Behold, consider, we are all thy people.
 
PSALM
Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
      1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
      thou who leadest Joseph like a flock!
      Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
      2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh!
      Stir up thy might,
      and come to save us!
      3 Restore us, O God;
      let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
      4 O LORD God of hosts,
      how long wilt thou be angry with thy people’s prayers?
      5 Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears,
      and given them tears to drink in full measure.
      6 Thou dost make us the scorn of our neighbors;
      and our enemies laugh among themselves.
      7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
      let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
      17 But let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,
      the son of man whom thou hast made strong for thyself!
      18 Then we will never turn back from thee;
      give us life, and we will call on thy name!
      19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts!
      let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
GOSPEL
Mark 13:24–37
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 “But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Watch therefore—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017 | ADVENT
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Isaiah 40:1–11
             Psalm       Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13
             New Testament       2 Peter 3:8–15a
             Gospel       Mark 1:1–8

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 40:1–11
1 Comfort, comfort my people,
      says your God.
      2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
      and cry to her
      that her warfare is ended,
      that her iniquity is pardoned,
      that she has received from the LORD’S hand
      double for all her sins.
      3 A voice cries:
      “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
      make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
      4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
      and every mountain and hill be made low;
      the uneven ground shall become level,
      and the rough places a plain.
      5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
      and all flesh shall see it together,
      for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
      6 A voice says, “Cry!”
      And I said, “What shall I cry?”
      All flesh is grass,
      and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
      7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
      when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
      surely the people is grass.
      8 The grass withers, the flower fades;
      but the word of our God will stand for ever.
      9 Get you up to a high mountain,
      O Zion, herald of good tidings;
      lift up your voice with strength,
      O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
      lift it up, fear not;
      say to the cities of Judah,
      “Behold your God!”
      10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
      and his arm rules for him;
      behold, his reward is with him,
      and his recompense before him.
      11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
      he will gather the lambs in his arms,
      he will carry them in his bosom,
      and gently lead those that are with young.
 
PSALM
Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13
      1 LORD, thou wast favorable to thy land;
      thou didst restore the fortunes of Jacob.
      2 Thou didst forgive the iniquity of thy people;
      thou didst pardon all their sin. [Selah]

      8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
      for he will speak peace to his people,
      to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
      9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
      that glory may dwell in our land.
      10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
      righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
      11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
      and righteousness will look down from the sky.
      12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good,
      and our land will yield its increase.
      13 Righteousness will go before him,
      and make his footsteps a way.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
2 Peter 3:8–15a
8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
 
GOSPEL
Mark 1:1–8
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
      “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
      who shall prepare thy way;
      3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      Prepare the way of the Lord,
      make his paths straight—”
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
             Psalm       Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b–55
             New Testament       1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
             Gospel       John 1:6–8, 19–28

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
      because the LORD has anointed me
      to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
      he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
      to proclaim liberty to the captives,
      and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
      2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor,
      and the day of vengeance of our God;
      to comfort all who mourn;
      3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
      to give them a garland instead of ashes,
      the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
      the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
      that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
      the planting of the LORD,
      that he may be glorified.
      4 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
      they shall raise up the former devastations;
      they shall repair the ruined cities,
      the devastations of many generations.

      8 For I the LORD love justice,
      I hate robbery and wrong;
      I will faithfully give them their recompense,
      and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
      9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
      and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
      all who see them shall acknowledge them,
      that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
      10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
      my soul shall exult in my God;
      for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
      he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
      as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
      and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
      11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
      and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
      so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
      to spring forth before all the nations.
 
PSALM
Option A
Psalm 126
PSALM 126
A Song of Ascents.
      1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
      we were like those who dream.
      2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
      and our tongue with shouts of joy;
      then they said among the nations,
      “The LORD has done great things for them.”
      3 The LORD has done great things for us;
      we are glad.
      4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
      like the watercourses in the Negeb!
      5 May those who sow in tears
      reap with shouts of joy!
      6 He that goes forth weeping,
      bearing the seed for sowing,
      shall come home with shouts of joy,
      bringing his sheaves with him.
 
OR
Option B
Luke 1:46b–55
      46 And Mary said,
      “My soul magnifies the Lord,
      47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
      48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
      For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
      49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
      and holy is his name.
      50 And his mercy is on those who fear him
      from generation to generation.
      51 He has shown strength with his arm,
      he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
      52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
      and exalted those of low degree;
      53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
      and the rich he has sent empty away.
      54 He has helped his servant Israel,
      in remembrance of his mercy,
      55 as he spoke to our fathers,
      to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit, 20 do not despise prophesying, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good, 22 abstain from every form of evil.
23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

GOSPEL
John 1:6–8, 19–28
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2017 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B
On the same date: Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Eve
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
             Psalm       Luke 1:46b–55 or Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26
             New Testament       Romans 16:25–27
             Gospel       Luke 1:26–38

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
1 Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.”
4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.’”

PSALM
Option A
Luke 1:46b–55
      46 And Mary said,
      “My soul magnifies the Lord,
      47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
      48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
      For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
      49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
      and holy is his name.
      50 And his mercy is on those who fear him
      from generation to generation.
      51 He has shown strength with his arm,
      he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
      52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
      and exalted those of low degree;
      53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
      and the rich he has sent empty away.
      54 He has helped his servant Israel,
      in remembrance of his mercy,
      55 as he spoke to our fathers,
      to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
 
OR
Option B
Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26
      1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever;
      with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
      2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever,
      thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
      3 Thou hast said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
      I have sworn to David my servant:
      4 ‘I will establish your descendants for ever,
      and build your throne for all generations.’” [Selah]
      19 Of old thou didst speak in a vision
      to thy faithful one, and say:
      “I have set the crown upon one who is mighty,
      I have exalted one chosen from the people.
      20 I have found David, my servant;
      with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him,
      my arm also shall strengthen him.
      22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
      the wicked shall not humble him.
      23 I will crush his foes before him
      and strike down those who hate him.
      24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
      and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
      25 I will set his hand on the sea
      and his right hand on the rivers.
      26 He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father,
      my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 16:25–27
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 1:26–38
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
      32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
      and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
      33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
      and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”
      35 And the angel said to her,
      “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
      and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
      therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
      the Son of God.
36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
 
 
 
 

CHRISTMAS
 

ON THE SAME DATE | CHRISTMAS
NATIVITY OF THE LORD
CHRISTMAS EVE—PROPER 1
YEARS ABC
On the same date: Fourth Sunday of Advent
             Old Testament       Isaiah 9:2–7
             Psalm       Psalm 96
             New Testament       Titus 2:11–14
             Gospel       Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 9:2–7
      2 The people who walked in darkness
      have seen a great light;
      those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
      on them has light shined.
      3 Thou hast multiplied the nation,
      thou hast increased its joy;
      they rejoice before thee
      as with joy at the harvest,
      as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
      4 For the yoke of his burden,
      and the staff for his shoulder,
      the rod of his oppressor,
      thou hast broken as on the day of Midian.
      5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
      and every garment rolled in blood
      will be burned as fuel for the fire.
      6 For to us a child is born,
      to us a son is given;
      and the government will be upon his shoulder,
      and his name will be called
      “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
      7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
      there will be no end,
      upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom,
      to establish it, and to uphold it
      with justice and with righteousness
      from this time forth and for evermore.
      The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
 
PSALM
Psalm 96
PSALM 96
1 O sing to the LORD a new song;
      sing to the LORD, all the earth!
      2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
      tell of his salvation from day to day.
      3 Declare his glory among the nations,
      his marvelous works among all the peoples!
      4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
      he is to be feared above all gods.
      5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols;
      but the LORD made the heavens.
      6 Honor and majesty are before him;
      strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
      7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
      ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
      8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
      bring an offering, and come into his courts!
      9 Worship the LORD in holy array;
      tremble before him, all the earth!
      10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
      Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
      he will judge the peoples with equity.”
      11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
      let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
      12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
      Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
      13 before the LORD, for he comes,
      for he comes to judge the earth.
      He will judge the world with righteousness,
      and the peoples with his truth.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Titus 2:11–14
11 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, 12 training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
 
GOSPEL
Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)
1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirini-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
      14 “Glory to God in the highest,
      and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”
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15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2017 | CHRISTMAS
NATIVITY OF THE LORD
CHRISTMAS DAY—PROPER 2
YEARS ABC
On the same date: Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day—Proper 3
             Old Testament       Isaiah 62:6–12
             Psalm       Psalm 97
             New Testament       Titus 3:4–7
             Gospel       (Luke 2:1–7) 8–20

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 62:6–12
      6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
      I have set watchmen;
      all the day and all the night
      they shall never be silent.
      You who put the LORD in remembrance,
      take no rest,
      7 and give him no rest
      until he establishes Jerusalem
      and makes it a praise in the earth.
      8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm:
      “I will not again give your grain
      to be food for your enemies,
      and foreigners shall not drink your wine
      for which you have labored;
      9 but those who garner it shall eat it
      and praise the LORD,
      and those who gather it shall drink it
      in the courts of my sanctuary.”
      10 Go through,
      go through the gates,
      prepare the way for the people;
      build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones,
      lift up an ensign over the peoples.
      11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth:
      Say to the daughter of Zion,
      “Behold, your salvation comes;
      behold, his reward is with him,
      and his recompense before him.”
      12 And they shall be called The holy people,
      The redeemed of the LORD;
      and you shall be called Sought out,
      a city not forsaken.
 
PSALM
Psalm 97
PSALM 97
1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice;
      let the many coastlands be glad!
      2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him;
      righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
      3 Fire goes before him,
      and burns up his adversaries round about.
      4 His lightnings lighten the world;
      the earth sees and trembles.
      5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
      before the Lord of all the earth.
      6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
      and all the peoples behold his glory.
      7 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
      who make their boast in worthless idols;
      all gods bow down before him.
      8 Zion hears and is glad,
      and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
      because of thy judgments, O God.
      9 For thou, O LORD, art most high over all the earth;
      thou art exalted far above all gods.
      10 The LORD loves those who hate evil;
      he preserves the lives of his saints;
      he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
      11 Light dawns for the righteous,
      and joy for the upright in heart.
      12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
      and give thanks to his holy name!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Titus 3:4–7
4 but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

GOSPEL
(Luke 2:1–7) 8–20
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1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirini-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
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8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
      14 “Glory to God in the highest,
      and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
 
 
NATIVITY OF THE LORD
CHRISTMAS DAY—PROPER 3
YEARS ABC
On the same date: Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day—Proper 2
             Old Testament       Isaiah 52:7–10
             Psalm       Psalm 98
             New Testament       Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12)
             Gospel       John 1:1–14

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 52:7–10
      7 How beautiful upon the mountains
      are the feet of him who brings good tidings,
      who publishes peace,
      who brings good tidings of good,
      who publishes salvation,
      who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
      8 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice,
      together they sing for joy;
      for eye to eye they see
      the return of the LORD to Zion.
      9 Break forth together into singing,
      you waste places of Jerusalem;
      for the LORD has comforted his people,
      he has redeemed Jerusalem.
      10 The LORD has bared his holy arm
      before the eyes of all the nations;
      and all the ends of the earth shall see
      the salvation of our God.
 
PSALM
Psalm 98
PSALM 98
A Psalm.
      1 O sing to the LORD a new song,
      for he has done marvelous things!
      His right hand and his holy arm
      have gotten him victory.
      2 The LORD has made known his victory,
      he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
      3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
      to the house of Israel.
      All the ends of the earth have seen
      the victory of our God.
      4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
      break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
      5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
      with the lyre and the sound of melody!
      6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
      make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
      7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
      the world and those who dwell in it!
      8 Let the floods clap their hands;
      let the hills sing for joy together
      9 before the LORD, for he comes
      to judge the earth.
      He will judge the world with righteousness,
      and the peoples with equity.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12)
1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
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5 For to what angel did God ever say,
      “Thou art my Son,
      today I have begotten thee”?
Or again,
      “I will be to him a father,
      and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says,
      “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says,
      “Who makes his angels winds,
      and his servants flames of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,
      “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever,
      the righteous scepter is the scepter of thy kingdom.
      9 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
      therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee
      with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.”
10 And,
      “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning,
      and the heavens are the work of thy hands;
      11 they will perish, but thou remainest;
      they will all grow old like a garment,
      12 like a mantle thou wilt roll them up,
      and they will be changed.
      But thou art the same,
      and thy years will never end.”
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GOSPEL
John 1:1–14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
9 The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. 11 He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
 
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017 | CHRISTMAS
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS:  HOLY FAMILY
YEAR B
             Old Testament       Isaiah 61:10–62:3
             Psalm       Psalm 148
             New Testament       Galatians 4:4–7
             Gospel       Luke 2:22–40

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 61:10–62:3
      10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
      my soul shall exult in my God;
      for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
      he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
      as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
      and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
      11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
      and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
      so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
      to spring forth before all the nations.
Chapter 62
1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
      and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
      until her vindication goes forth as brightness,
      and her salvation as a burning torch.
      2 The nations shall see your vindication,
      and all the kings your glory;
      and you shall be called by a new name
      which the mouth of the LORD will give.
      3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
      and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 
PSALM
Psalm 148
PSALM 148
1 Praise the LORD!
      Praise the LORD from the heavens,
      praise him in the heights!
      2 Praise him, all his angels,
      praise him, all his host!
      3 Praise him, sun and moon,
      praise him, all you shining stars!
      4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
      and you waters above the heavens!
      5 Let them praise the name of the LORD!
      For he commanded and they were created.
      6 And he established them for ever and ever;
      he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.
      7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
      you sea monsters and all deeps,
      8 fire and hail, snow and frost,
      stormy wind fulfilling his command!
      9 Mountains and all hills,
      fruit trees and all cedars!
      10 Beasts and all cattle,
      creeping things and flying birds!
      11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
      princes and all rulers of the earth!
      12 Young men and maidens together,
      old men and children!
      13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
      for his name alone is exalted;
      his glory is above earth and heaven.
      14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
      praise for all his saints,
      for the people of Israel who are near to him.
      Praise the LORD!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Galatians 4:4–7
4 But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.

GOSPEL
Luke 2:22–40
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
      29 “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
      according to thy word;
      30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
      31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
      32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
      and for glory to thy people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
      “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
      and for a sign that is spoken against
      35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
      that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanu-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
 
Revised Common Lectionary. (2009). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.
 
Revised Common Lectionary. (2009). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.