First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Friday, June 23, 2017
Go and Make Disciples!
 AFTER PENTECOST
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 7
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 21:8–21
             Psalm       Psalm 86:1–10, 16–17
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 20:7–13
             Psalm       Psalm 69:7–10 (11–15) 16–18
             New Testament       Romans 6:1b–11
             Gospel       Matthew 10:24–39

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 21:8–21
8 And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the child.” And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink. 20 And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
 
PSALM
Psalm 86:1–10, 16–17
      1 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and answer me,
      for I am poor and needy.
      2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
      save thy servant who trusts in thee.
      Thou art my God; 3 be gracious to me, O Lord,
      for to thee do I cry all the day.
      4 Gladden the soul of thy servant,
      for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
      5 For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving,
      abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.
      6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
      hearken to my cry of supplication.
      7 In the day of my trouble I call on thee,
      for thou dost answer me.
      8 There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord,
      nor are there any works like thine.
      9 All the nations thou hast made shall come
      and bow down before thee, O Lord,
      and shall glorify thy name.
      10 For thou art great and doest wondrous things,
      thou alone art God.
      16 Turn to me and take pity on me;
      give thy strength to thy servant,
      and save the son of thy handmaid.
      17 Show me a sign of thy favor,
      that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
      because thou, LORD, hast helped me and comforted me.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Jeremiah 20:7–13
      7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me,
      and I was deceived;
      thou art stronger than I,
      and thou hast prevailed.
      I have become a laughingstock all the day;
      every one mocks me.
      8 For whenever I speak, I cry out,
      I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
      For the word of the LORD has become for me
      a reproach and derision all day long.
      9 If I say, “I will not mention him,
      or speak any more in his name,”
      there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
      shut up in my bones,
      and I am weary with holding it in,
      and I cannot.
      10 For I hear many whispering.
      Terror is on every side!
      “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
      say all my familiar friends,
      watching for my fall.
      “Perhaps he will be deceived,
      then we can overcome him,
      and take our revenge on him.”
      11 But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
      therefore my persecutors will stumble,
      they will not overcome me.
      They will be greatly shamed,
      for they will not succeed.
      Their eternal dishonor
      will never be forgotten.
      12 O LORD of hosts, who triest the righteous,
      who seest the heart and the mind,
      let me see thy vengeance upon them,
      for to thee have I committed my cause.
      13 Sing to the LORD;
      praise the LORD!
      For he has delivered the life of the needy
      from the hand of evildoers.
 
PSALM
Psalm 69:7–10 (11–15) 16–18
      7 For it is for thy sake that I have borne reproach,
      that shame has covered my face.
      8 I have become a stranger to my brethren,
      an alien to my mother’s sons.
      9 For zeal for thy house has consumed me,
      and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me.
      10 When I humbled my soul with fasting,
      it became my reproach.
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      11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
      I became a byword to them.
      12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
      and the drunkards make songs about me.
      13 But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O LORD.
      At an acceptable time, O God,
      in the abundance of thy steadfast love answer me.
      With thy faithful help
      14 rescue me
      from sinking in the mire;
      let me be delivered from my enemies
      and from the deep waters.
      15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
      or the deep swallow me up,
      or the pit close its mouth over me.
]
      16 Answer me, O LORD, for thy steadfast love is good;
      according to thy abundant mercy, turn to me.
      17 Hide not thy face from thy servant;
      for I am in distress, make haste to answer me.
      18 Draw near to me, redeem me,
      set me free because of my enemies!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 6:1b–11
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For he who has died is freed from sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. 9 For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 10:24–39
 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-elzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
26 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
 
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 8
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 22:1–14
             Psalm       Psalm 13
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 28:5–9
             Psalm       Psalm 89:1–4, 15–18
             New Testament       Romans 6:12–23
             Gospel       Matthew 10:40–42

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 22:1–14
1 After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 13
PSALM 13
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
      1 How long, O LORD? Wilt thou forget me for ever?
      How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
      2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,
      and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
      How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
      3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
      lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
      4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him”;
      lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
      5 But I have trusted in thy steadfast love;
      my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
      6 I will sing to the LORD,
      because he has dealt bountifully with me.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Jeremiah 28:5–9
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD; 6 and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words which you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. 7 Yet hear now this word which I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 89:1–4, 15–18
      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]
      15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
      who walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance,
      16 who exult in thy name all the day,
      and extol thy righteousness.
      17 For thou art the glory of their strength;
      by thy favor our horn is exalted.
      18 For our shield belongs to the LORD,
      our king to the Holy One of Israel.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 6:12–23
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.
20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 10:40–42
40 “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. 41 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 9
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67
             Psalm       Psalm 45:10–17 or Song of Solomon 2:8–13
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Zechariah 9:9–12
             Psalm       Psalm 145:8–14
             New Testament       Romans 7:15–25a
             Gospel       Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, camels and asses. 36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has. 37 My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son.’
42 “I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now thou wilt prosper the way which I go, 43 behold, I am standing by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Pray give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’
45 “Before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Pray let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.‘ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. 48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49 Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
58 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, “Our sister, be the mother of thousands of ten thousands; and may your descendants possess the gate of those who hate them!” 61 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and rode upon the camels and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was dwelling in the Negeb. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel, 65 and said to the servant, “Who is the man yonder, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

PSALM
Option A
Psalm 45:10–17
      10 Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear;
      forget your people and your father’s house;
      11 and the king will desire your beauty.
      Since he is your lord, bow to him;
      12 the people of Tyre will sue your favor with gifts,
      the richest of the people 13 with all kinds of wealth.
      The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
      14 in many-colored robes she is led to the king,
      with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train.
      15 With joy and gladness they are led along
      as they enter the palace of the king.
      16 Instead of your fathers shall be your sons;
      you will make them princes in all the earth.
      17 I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
      therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.
 
OR
Option B
Song of Solomon 2:8–13
      8 The voice of my beloved!
      Behold, he comes,
      leaping upon the mountains,
      bounding over the hills.
      9 My beloved is like a gazelle,
      or a young stag.
      Behold, there he stands
      behind our wall,
      gazing in at the windows,
      looking through the lattice.
      10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
      “Arise, my love, my fair one,
      and come away;
      11 for lo, the winter is past,
      the rain is over and gone.
      12 The flowers appear on the earth,
      the time of singing has come,
      and the voice of the turtledove
      is heard in our land.
      13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
      and the vines are in blossom;
      they give forth fragrance.
      Arise, my love, my fair one,
      and come away.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Zechariah 9:9–12
      9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
      Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
      Lo, your king comes to you;
      triumphant and victorious is he,
      humble and riding on an ass,
      on a colt the foal of an ass.
      10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
      and the war horse from Jerusalem;
      and the battle bow shall be cut off,
      and he shall command peace to the nations;
      his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
      and from the River to the ends of the earth.
      11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
      I will set your captives free from the waterless pit.
      12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
      today I declare that I will restore to you double.
 
PSALM
Psalm 145:8–14
      8 The LORD is gracious and merciful,
      slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
      9 The LORD is good to all,
      and his compassion is over all that he has made.
      10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
      and all thy saints shall bless thee!
      11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
      and tell of thy power,
      12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
      and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
      13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
      and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.
      The LORD is faithful in all his words,
      and gracious in all his deeds.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 7:15–25a
15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

GOSPEL
Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
      17 ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance;
      we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; 26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. 27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 10
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 25:19–34
             Psalm       Psalm 119:105–112
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:10–13
             Psalm       (Psalm 65:1–8) 9–13
             New Testament       Romans 8:1–11
             Gospel       Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 25:19–34
19 These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took to wife Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is thus, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said to her,
      “Two nations are in your womb,
      and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided;
      the one shall be stronger than the other,
      the elder shall serve the younger.”
24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came forth red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand had taken hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was boiling pottage, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red pottage, for I am famished!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
 
PSALM
Psalm 119:105–112
      105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet
      and a light to my path.
      106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
      to observe thy righteous ordinances.
      107 I am sorely afflicted;
      give me life, O LORD, according to thy word!
      108 Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD,
      and teach me thy ordinances.
      109 I hold my life in my hand continually,
      but I do not forget thy law.
      110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
      but I do not stray from thy precepts.
      111 Thy testimonies are my heritage for ever;
      yea, they are the joy of my heart.
      112 I incline my heart to perform thy statutes
      for ever, to the end.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 55:10–13
      10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
      and return not thither but water the earth,
      making it bring forth and sprout,
      giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
      11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
      it shall not return to me empty,
      but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
      and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
      12 “For you shall go out in joy,
      and be led forth in peace;
      the mountains and the hills before you
      shall break forth into singing,
      and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
      13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
      instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
      and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
      for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.”
 
PSALM
(Psalm 65:1–8) 9–13
[
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
Romans 8:1–11
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 11
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 28:10–19a
             Psalm       Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16–19 or Isaiah 44:6–8
             Psalm       Psalm 86:11–17
             New Testament       Romans 8:12–25
             Gospel       Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 28:10–19a
10 Jacob left Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place, and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants; 14 and your descendants shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and by you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth bless themselves. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place; and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone which he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
 
PSALM
Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24
      1 O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me!
      2 Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up;
      thou discernest my thoughts from afar.
      3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down,
      and art acquainted with all my ways.
      4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
      lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
      5 Thou dost beset me behind and before,
      and layest thy hand upon me.
      6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
      it is high, I cannot attain it.
      7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?
      Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
      8 If I ascend to heaven, thou art there!
      If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!
      9 If I take the wings of the morning
      and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
      10 even there thy hand shall lead me,
      and thy right hand shall hold me.
      11 If I say, “Let only darkness cover me,
      and the light about me be night,”
      12 even the darkness is not dark to thee,
      the night is bright as the day;
      for darkness is as light with thee.
      23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
      Try me and know my thoughts!
      24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
      and lead me in the way everlasting!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Option A
Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16–19
      13 For neither is there any god besides thee, whose care is for all men,
      to whom thou shouldst prove that thou hast not judged unjustly;
      16 For thy strength is the source of righteousness,
      and thy sovereignty over all causes thee to spare all. 17 For thou dost show thy strength when men doubt the completeness of thy power,
      and dost rebuke any insolence among those who know it. 18 Thou who art sovereign in strength dost judge with mildness,
      and with great forbearance thou dost govern us;
      for thou hast power to act whenever thou dost choose. 19 Through such works thou has taught thy people
      that the righteous man must be kind,
      and thou hast filled thy sons with good hope,
      because thou givest repentance for sins.

OR
Option B
Isaiah 44:6–8
      6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel
      and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
      “I am the first and I am the last;
      besides me there is no god.
      7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it,
      let him declare and set it forth before me.
      Who has announced from of old the things to come?
      Let them tell us what is yet to be.
      8 Fear not, nor be afraid;
      have I not told you from of old and declared it?
      And you are my witnesses!
      Is there a God besides me?
      There is no Rock; I know not any.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 86:11–17
      11 Teach me thy way, O LORD,
      that I may walk in thy truth;
      unite my heart to fear thy name.
      12 I give thanks to thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
      and I will glorify thy name for ever.
      13 For great is thy steadfast love toward me;
      thou hast delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
      14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
      a band of ruthless men seek my life,
      and they do not set thee before them.
      15 But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious,
      slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
      16 Turn to me and take pity on me;
      give thy strength to thy servant,
      and save the son of thy handmaid.
      17 Show me a sign of thy favor,
      that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
      because thou, LORD, hast helped me and comforted me.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 8:12–25
12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
24 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 12
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 29:15–28
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–11, 45b or Psalm 128
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       1 Kings 3:5–12
             Psalm       Psalm 119:129–136
             New Testament       Romans 8:26–39
             Gospel       Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 29:15–28
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. 18 Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife.
 
PSALM
Option A
Psalm 105:1–11, 45b
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
      7 He is the LORD our God;
      his judgments are in all the earth.
      8 He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
      of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
      9 the covenant which he made with Abraham,
      his sworn promise to Isaac,
      10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
      11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as your portion for an inheritance.”
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
OR
Option B
Psalm 128
PSALM 128
A Song of Ascents.
      1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
      who walks in his ways!
      2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
      you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
      3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
      within your house;
      your children will be like olive shoots
      around your table.
      4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed
      who fears the LORD.
      5 The LORD bless you from Zion!
      May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
      all the days of your life!
      6 May you see your children’s children!
      Peace be upon Israel!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
1 Kings 3:5–12
5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “Thou hast shown great and steadfast love to thy servant David my father, because he walked before thee in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward thee; and thou hast kept for him this great and steadfast love, and hast given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

PSALM
Psalm 119:129–136
      129 Thy testimonies are wonderful;
      therefore my soul keeps them.
      130 The unfolding of thy words gives light;
      it imparts understanding to the simple.
      131 With open mouth I pant,
      because I long for thy commandments.
      132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
      as is thy wont toward those who love thy name.
      133 Keep steady my steps according to thy promise,
      and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
      134 Redeem me from man’s oppression,
      that I may keep thy precepts.
      135 Make thy face shine upon thy servant,
      and teach me thy statutes.
      136 My eyes shed streams of tears,
      because men do not keep thy law.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 8:26–39
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; 34 who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
      “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
      we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52
31 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
51 “Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 13
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 32:22–31
             Psalm       Psalm 17:1–7, 15
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 55:1–5
             Psalm       Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21
             New Testament       Romans 9:1–5
             Gospel       Matthew 14:13–21

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 32:22–31
22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Tell me, I pray, your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his thigh.
 
PSALM
Psalm 17:1–7, 15
      1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
      Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
      2 From thee let my vindication come!
      Let thy eyes see the right!
      3 If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night,
      if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me;
      my mouth does not transgress.
      4 With regard to the works of men, by the word of thy lips
      I have avoided the ways of the violent.
      5 My steps have held fast to thy paths,
      my feet have not slipped.
      6 I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God;
      incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
      7 Wondrously show thy steadfast love,
      O savior of those who seek refuge
      from their adversaries at thy right hand.
      15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness;
      when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 55:1–5
1 “Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
      and he who has no money,
      come, buy and eat!
      Come, buy wine and milk
      without money and without price.
      2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
      and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
      Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,
      and delight yourselves in fatness.
      3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
      hear, that your soul may live;
      and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
      my steadfast, sure love for David.
      4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
      a leader and commander for the peoples.
      5 Behold, you shall call nations that you know not,
      and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
      because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
      for he has glorified you.
 
PSALM
Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21
      8 The LORD is gracious and merciful,
      slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
      9 The LORD is good to all,
      and his compassion is over all that he has made.
      14 The LORD upholds all who are falling,
      and raises up all who are bowed down.
      15 The eyes of all look to thee,
      and thou givest them their food in due season.
      16 Thou openest thy hand,
      thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
      17 The LORD is just in all his ways,
      and kind in all his doings.
      18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
      to all who call upon him in truth.
      19 He fulfils the desire of all who fear him,
      he also hears their cry, and saves them.
      20 The LORD preserves all who love him;
      but all the wicked he will destroy.
      21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
      and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 9:1–5
1 I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be blessed for ever. Amen.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 14:13–21
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 14
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       1 Kings 19:9–18
             Psalm       Psalm 85:8–13
             New Testament       Romans 10:5–15
             Gospel       Matthew 14:22–33

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28
1 Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of the family of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought an ill report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.
12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers, and with the flock; and bring me word again.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15 And a man found him wandering in the fields; and the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said, “tell me, I pray you, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18 They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” 21 But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; cast him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24 and they took him and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers heeded him. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by; and they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver; and they took Joseph to Egypt.
 
PSALM
Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!

      16 When he summoned a famine on the land,
      and broke every staff of bread,
      17 he had sent a man ahead of them,
      Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
      18 His feet were hurt with fetters,
      his neck was put in a collar of iron;
      19 until what he had said came to pass
      the word of the LORD tested him.
      20 The king sent and released him,
      the ruler of the peoples set him free;
      21 he made him lord of his house,
      and ruler of all his possessions,
      22 to instruct his princes at his pleasure,
      and to teach his elders wisdom.
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
1 Kings 19:9–18
9 And there he came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15 And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria; 16 and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And him who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay; and him who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 85:8–13
      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
Romans 10:5–15
5 Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); 9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. 13 For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? 15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 14:22–33
22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; 30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 15
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Genesis 45:1–15
             Psalm       Psalm 133
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
             Psalm       Psalm 67
             New Testament       Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
             Gospel       (Matthew 15:10–20) 21–28

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 45:1–15
1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, “Make every one go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, I pray you.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Make haste and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry; 10 you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have; 11 and there I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come; lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Make haste and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
 
PSALM
Psalm 133
PSALM 133
A Song of Ascents.
      1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
      when brothers dwell in unity!
      2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
      running down upon the beard,
      upon the beard of Aaron,
      running down on the collar of his robes!
      3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
      which falls on the mountains of Zion!
      For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
      life for evermore.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
1 Thus says the LORD:
      “Keep justice, and do righteousness,
      for soon my salvation will come,
      and my deliverance be revealed.

      6 “And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
      to minister to him,
      to love the name of the LORD,
      and to be his servants,
      every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it,
      and holds fast my covenant—
      7 these I will bring to my holy mountain,
      and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
      their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
      will be accepted on my altar;
      for my house shall be called a house of prayer
      for all peoples.
      8 Thus says the Lord GOD,
      who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
      I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 67
PSALM 67
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
      1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
      and make his face to shine upon us, [Selah]
      2 that thy way may be known upon earth,
      thy saving power among all nations.
      3 Let the peoples praise thee, O God;
      let all the peoples praise thee!
      4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
      for thou dost judge the peoples with equity
      and guide the nations upon earth. [Selah]
      5 Let the peoples praise thee, O God;
      let all the peoples praise thee!
      6 The earth has yielded its increase;
      God, our God, has blessed us.
      7 God has blessed us;
      let all the ends of the earth fear him!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
29 For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.

GOSPEL
(Matthew 15:10–20) 21–28
[
10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
]
21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
 
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 16
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 1:8–2:10
             Psalm       Psalm 124
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Isaiah 51:1–6
             Psalm       Psalm 138
             New Testament       Romans 12:1–8
             Gospel       Matthew 16:13–20

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 1:8–2:10
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war befall us, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens; and they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ra-amses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they made the people of Israel serve with rigor, 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field; in all their work they made them serve with rigor.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives, and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and are delivered before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”
Chapter 2
1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could hide him no longer she took for him a basket made of bulrushes, and daubed it with bitumen and pitch; and she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds at the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood at a distance, to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked beside the river; she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to fetch it. 6 When she opened it she saw the child; and lo, the babe was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son; and she named him Moses, for she said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 124
PSALM 124
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
      1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
      let Israel now say—
      2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
      when men rose up against us,
      3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
      when their anger was kindled against us;
      4 then the flood would have swept us away,
      the torrent would have gone over us;
      5 then over us would have gone
      the raging waters.
      6 Blessed be the LORD,
      who has not given us
      as prey to their teeth!
      7 We have escaped as a bird
      from the snare of the fowlers;
      the snare is broken,
      and we have escaped!
      8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
      who made heaven and earth.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 51:1–6
1 “Hearken to me,
      you who pursue deliverance,
      you who seek the LORD;
      look to the rock from which you were hewn,
      and to the quarry from which you were digged.
      2 Look to Abraham your father
      and to Sarah who bore you;
      for when he was but one I called him,
      and I blessed him and made him many.
      3 For the LORD will comfort Zion;
      he will comfort all her waste places,
      and will make her wilderness like Eden,
      her desert like the garden of the LORD;
      joy and gladness will be found in her,
      thanksgiving and the voice of song.
      4 “Listen to me, my people,
      and give ear to me, my nation;
      for a law will go forth from me,
      and my justice for a light to the peoples.
      5 My deliverance draws near speedily,
      my salvation has gone forth,
      and my arms will rule the peoples;
      the coastlands wait for me,
      and for my arm they hope.
      6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
      and look at the earth beneath;
      for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
      the earth will wear out like a garment,
      and they who dwell in it will die like gnats;
      but my salvation will be for ever,
      and my deliverance will never be ended.
 
PSALM
Psalm 138
PSALM 138
A Psalm of David.
      1 I give thee thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
      before the gods I sing thy praise;
      2 I bow down toward thy holy temple
      and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness;
      for thou hast exalted above everything
      thy name and thy word.
      3 On the day I called, thou didst answer me,
      my strength of soul thou didst increase.
      4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD,
      for they have heard the words of thy mouth;
      5 and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
      for great is the glory of the LORD.
      6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly;
      but the haughty he knows from afar.
      7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
      thou dost preserve my life;
      thou dost stretch out thy hand against the wrath of my enemies,
      and thy right hand delivers me.
      8 The LORD will fulfil his purpose for me;
      thy steadfast love, O LORD, endures for ever.
      Do not forsake the work of thy hands.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 12:1–8
1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 16:13–20
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
 
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 17
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 3:1–15
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Jeremiah 15:15–21
             Psalm       Psalm 26:1–8
             New Testament       Romans 12:9–21
             Gospel       Matthew 16:21–28

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 3:1–15
1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” 4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the LORD said, “I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
 
PSALM
Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!

      23 Then Israel came to Egypt;
      Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
      24 And the LORD made his people very fruitful,
      and made them stronger than their foes.
      25 He turned their hearts to hate his people,
      to deal craftily with his servants.
      26 He sent Moses his servant,
      and Aaron whom he had chosen.
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Jeremiah 15:15–21
      15 O LORD, thou knowest;
      remember me and visit me,
      and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
      In thy forbearance take me not away;
      know that for thy sake I bear reproach.
      16 Thy words were found, and I ate them,
      and thy words became to me a joy
      and the delight of my heart;
      for I am called by thy name,
      O LORD, God of hosts.
      17 I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
      nor did I rejoice;
      I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me,
      for thou hadst filled me with indignation.
      18 Why is my pain unceasing,
      my wound incurable,
      refusing to be healed?
      Wilt thou be to me like a deceitful brook,
      like waters that fail?
      19 Therefore thus says the LORD:
      “If you return, I will restore you,
      and you shall stand before me.
      If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
      you shall be as my mouth.
      They shall turn to you,
      but you shall not turn to them.
      20 And I will make you to this people
      a fortified wall of bronze;
      they will fight against you,
      but they shall not prevail over you,
      for I am with you
      to save you and deliver you,
                  says the LORD.
      21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
      and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 26:1–8
      1 Vindicate me, O LORD,
      for I have walked in my integrity,
      and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
      2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
      test my heart and my mind.
      3 For thy steadfast love is before my eyes,
      and I walk in faithfulness to thee.
       4 I do not sit with false men,
      nor do I consort with dissemblers;
      5 I hate the company of evildoers,
      and I will not sit with the wicked.
      6 I wash my hands in innocence,
      and go about thy altar, O LORD,
      7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
      and telling all thy wondrous deeds.
      8 O LORD, I love the habitation of thy house,
      and the place where thy glory dwells.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 12:9–21
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 16:21–28
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 27 For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
 
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 18
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 12:1–14
             Psalm       Psalm 149
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Ezekiel 33:7–11
             Psalm       Psalm 119:33–40
             New Testament       Romans 13:8–14
             Gospel       Matthew 18:15–20

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 12:1–14
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household; 4 and if the household is too small for a lamb, then a man and his neighbor next to his house shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old; you shall take it from the sheep or from the goats; 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs in the evening. 7 Then they shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled with water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning, anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall fall upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance for ever.
 
PSALM
Psalm 149
PSALM 149
1 Praise the LORD!
      Sing to the LORD a new song,
      his praise in the assembly of the faithful!
      2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker,
      let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King!
      3 Let them praise his name with dancing,
      making melody to him with timbrel and lyre!
      4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
      he adorns the humble with victory.
      5 Let the faithful exult in glory;
      let them sing for joy on their couches.
      6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats
      and two-edged swords in their hands,
      7 to wreak vengeance on the nations
      and chastisement on the peoples,
      8 to bind their kings with chains
      and their nobles with fetters of iron,
      9 to execute on them the judgment written!
      This is glory for all his faithful ones.
      Praise the LORD!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Ezekiel 33:7–11
7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ 11 Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
 
PSALM
Psalm 119:33–40
      33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes;
      and I will keep it to the end.
      34 Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law
      and observe it with my whole heart.
      35 Lead me in the path of thy commandments,
      for I delight in it.
      36 Incline my heart to thy testimonies,
      and not to gain!
      37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
      and give me life in thy ways.
      38 Confirm to thy servant thy promise,
      which is for those who fear thee.
      39 Turn away the reproach which I dread;
      for thy ordinances are good.
      40 Behold, I long for thy precepts;
      in thy righteousness give me life!
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 13:8–14
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; 12 the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 18:15–20
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
 
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | SPECIAL DAYS
HOLY CROSS
YEARS ABC
             Old Testament       Numbers 21:4b–9
             Psalm       Psalm 98:1–5 or Psalm 78:1–2, 34–38
             New Testament       1 Corinthians 1:18–24
             Gospel       John 3:13–17

Index of Readings

OLD TESTAMENT
Numbers 21:4b–9
4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6 Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7 And the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
 
PSALM
Option A
Psalm 98:1–5
      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!
 
OR
Option B
Psalm 78:1–2, 34–38
      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,
      34 When he slew them, they sought for him;
      they repented and sought God earnestly.
      35 They remembered that God was their rock,
      the Most High God their redeemer.
      36 But they flattered him with their mouths;
      they lied to him with their tongues.
      37 Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
      they were not true to his covenant.
      38 Yet he, being compassionate,
      forgave their iniquity,
      and did not destroy them;
      he restrained his anger often,
      and did not stir up all his wrath.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
1 Corinthians 1:18–24
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
      “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
      and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.”
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
 
GOSPEL
John 3:13–17
13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 19
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 14:19–31
             Psalm       Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b–11, 20–21
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Genesis 50:15–21
             Psalm       (Psalm 103:1–7) 8–13
             New Testament       Romans 14:1–12
             Gospel       Matthew 18:21–35

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 14:19–31
19 Then the angel of God who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness; and the night passed without one coming near the other all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down upon the host of the Egyptians, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel; for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.”
26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its wonted flow when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled into it, and the LORD routed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore. 31 And Israel saw the great work which the LORD did against the Egyptians, and the people feared the LORD; and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
 
PSALM
Option A
Psalm 114
PSALM 114
1 When Israel went forth from Egypt,
      the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
      2 Judah became his sanctuary,
      Israel his dominion.
      3 The sea looked and fled,
      Jordan turned back.
      4 The mountains skipped like rams,
      the hills like lambs.
      5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
      O Jordan, that you turn back?
      6 O mountains, that you skip like rams?
      O hills, like lambs?
      7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD,
      at the presence of the God of Jacob,
      8 who turns the rock into a pool of water,
      the flint into a spring of water.
 
OR
Option B
Exodus 15:1b–11, 20–21
1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,
      “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
      the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
      2 The LORD is my strength and my song,
      and he has become my salvation;
      this is my God, and I will praise him,
      my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
      3 The LORD is a man of war;
      the LORD is his name.
      4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea;
      and his picked officers are sunk in the Red Sea.
      5 The floods cover them;
      they went down into the depths like a stone.
      6 Thy right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,
      thy right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
      7 In the greatness of thy majesty thou overthrowest thy adversaries;
      thou sendest forth thy fury, it consumes them like stubble.
      8 At the blast of thy nostrils the waters piled up,
      the floods stood up in a heap;
      the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
      9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
      I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
      I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’
      10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them;
      they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
      11 “Who is like thee, O LORD, among the gods?
      Who is like thee, majestic in holiness,
      terrible in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
20 Then Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them:
      “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
      the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 50:15–21
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17 ‘Say to Joseph, Forgive, I pray you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, we pray you, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him, and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Fear not, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he reassured them and comforted them.
 
PSALM
(Psalm 103:1–7) 8–13
[
      1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
      and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
      2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
      and forget not all his benefits,
      3 who forgives all your iniquity,
      who heals all your diseases,
      4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
      who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
      5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
      so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
      6 The LORD works vindication
      and justice for all who are oppressed.
      7 He made known his ways to Moses,
      his acts to the people of Israel.
]
      8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
      slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
      9 He will not always chide,
      nor will he keep his anger for ever.
      10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
      nor requite us according to our iniquities.
      11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
      so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
      12 as far as the east is from the west,
      so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
      13 As a father pities his children,
      so the LORD pities those who fear him.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Romans 14:1–12
1 As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. 2 One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,
      “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
      and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12 So each of us shall give account of himself to God.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 18:21–35
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; 25 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; 33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
 
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 16:2–15
             Psalm       Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Jonah 3:10–4:11
             Psalm       Psalm 145:1–8
             New Testament       Philippians 1:21–30
             Gospel       Matthew 20:1–16

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 16:2–15
2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your murmurings against the LORD. For what are we, that you murmur against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the LORD gives you in the evening flesh to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the LORD has heard your murmurings which you murmur against him—what are we? Your murmurings are not against us but against the LORD.”
9 And Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the LORD, for he has heard your murmurings.’” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”
13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning dew lay round about the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as hoarfrost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.

PSALM
Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45
1 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
      make known his deeds among the peoples!
      2 Sing to him, sing praises to him,
      tell of all his wonderful works!
      3 Glory in his holy name;
      let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
      4 Seek the LORD and his strength,
      seek his presence continually!
      5 Remember the wonderful works that he has done,
      his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
      6 O offspring of Abraham his servant,
      sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
      37 Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold,
      and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
      38 Egypt was glad when they departed,
      for dread of them had fallen upon it.
      39 He spread a cloud for a covering,
      and fire to give light by night.
      40 They asked, and he brought quails,
      and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
      41 He opened the rock, and water gushed forth;
      it flowed through the desert like a river.
      42 For he remembered his holy promise,
      and Abraham his servant.
      43 So he led forth his people with joy,
      his chosen ones with singing.
      44 And he gave them the lands of the nations;
      and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,
      45 to the end that they should keep his statutes,
      and observe his laws.
      Praise the LORD!
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Jonah 3:10–4:11
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.
Chapter 4
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, “I pray thee, LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that thou art a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repentest of evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take my life from me, I beseech thee, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?” 5 Then Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
6 And the LORD God appointed a plant, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm which attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a sultry east wind, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so that he was faint; and he asked that he might die, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night, and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
 
PSALM
Psalm 145:1–8
      1 I will extol thee, my God and King,
      and bless thy name for ever and ever.
      2 Every day I will bless thee,
      and praise thy name for ever and ever.
      3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
      and his greatness is unsearchable.
      4 One generation shall laud thy works to another,
      and shall declare thy mighty acts.
      5 On the glorious splendor of thy majesty,
      and on thy wondrous works, I will meditate.
      6 Men shall proclaim the might of thy terrible acts,
      and I will declare thy greatness.
      7 They shall pour forth the fame of thy abundant goodness,
      and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
      8 The LORD is gracious and merciful,
      slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 1:21–30
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine.

GOSPEL
Matthew 20:1–16
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place; 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 21
YEAR A

  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
             Old Testament       Exodus 17:1–7
             Psalm       Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16
  or
  Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
             Old Testament       Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
             Psalm       Psalm 25:1–9
             New Testament       Philippians 2:1–13
             Gospel       Matthew 21:23–32

Index of Readings

Old Testament & Psalm, Option I

OLD TESTAMENT
Exodus 17:1–7
1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people found fault with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you find fault with me? Why do you put the LORD to the proof?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand the rod with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the faultfinding of the children of Israel, and because they put the LORD to the proof by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
 
PSALM
Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16
      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.
      12 In the sight of their fathers he wrought marvels
      in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
      13 He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
      and made the waters stand like a heap.
      14 In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
      and all the night with a fiery light.
      15 He cleft rocks in the wilderness,
      and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
      16 He made streams come out of the rock,
      and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
 
OR
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II

OLD TESTAMENT
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
1 The word of the LORD came to me again: 2 “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3 As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.
25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for it; for the iniquity which he has committed he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”
 
PSALM
Psalm 25:1–9
      1 To thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in thee I trust,
      let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies exult over me.
      3 Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
      let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
      4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
      teach me thy paths.
      5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
      for thou art the God of my salvation;
      for thee I wait all the day long.
      6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
      for they have been from of old.
      7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
      according to thy steadfast love remember me,
      for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD!
      8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
      9 He leads the humble in what is right,
      and teaches the humble his way.
 
NEW TESTAMENT
Philippians 2:1–13
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
 
GOSPEL
Matthew 21:23–32
23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. 30 And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.
 
 
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.
]
 

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.”
]

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.