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30th October 2022 Twentieth After Trinity – Fourth before Advent


God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives, that we may see your goodness in

the land of the living, and looking on your beauty may be changed into the likeness of

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 1. 10-18

10Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you

people of Gomorrah! 11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I

have had enough of burnt-offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in

the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. 12When you come to appear before me, who

asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; 13bringing offerings is futile;

incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—

I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. 14Your new moons and your appointed

festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me I am weary of bearing them.

15When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make

many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. 16Wash yourselves; make

yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

17learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the

widow. 18Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

2 Thessalonians Ch.1

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and

the Lord Jesus Christ: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus

Christ. 3We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right,

because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one

another is increasing. 4Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God

for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you

are enduring. 5This is evidence of the righteous judgement of God, and is intended to

make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering. 6For it is

indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7and to give relief to the

afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty

angels 8in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those

who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9These will suffer the punishment of

eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his

might, 10when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marvelled at on that day

among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11To this end

we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfil

by his power every good resolve and work of faith, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus

may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord

Jesus Christ.

Luke 19. 1-10

19He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ 6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ 8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ 9Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’

23rd October 2022 Nineteenth After Trinity


Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never come to an

end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, new every

morning, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ecclus. 35. 12-17

12Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. 13For

the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold. 14Do not offer him a

bribe, for he will not accept it 15and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice; for the Lord is

the judge, and with him there is no partiality. 16He will not show partiality to the poor but

he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.17He will not ignore the supplication of

the orphan, or the widow when she pours out her complaint.

2 Timothy 4. 6-8, 16-18

6As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has

come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From

now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the

righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have

longed for his appearing.

16At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be

counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through

me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was

rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save

me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 18. 9-14

9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous

and regarded others with contempt: 10‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a

Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying

thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or

even like this tax-collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” 13But

the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his

breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” 14I tell you, this man went down to

his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled,

but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

16th October 2022 Eighteenth After Trinity


God, our judge and saviour, teach us to be open to your truth and to trust in your love,

that we may live each day with confidence in the salvation which is given through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Genesis 32. 22-31

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children,

and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and

likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until

daybreak. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on

the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he

said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you

bless me.’ 27So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ 28Then the

man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God

and with humans, and have prevailed.’ 29Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your

name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. 30So

Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is

preserved.’ 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

2 Timothy 3.14 – 4.5

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from

 whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that

are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is

inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in

righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for

every good work.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in

view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be

persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and

encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people

will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for

themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the

truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the

work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

Luke 18. 1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He

said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for

people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me

justice against my opponent.” 4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself,

“Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps

bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually

coming.” ’ 6And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God

grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in

helping them? 8I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of

Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’

9th October 2022 Seventeenth After Trinity


Gracious God, you call us to fullness of life: deliver us from unbelief and banish our

anxieties with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Kings 5. 1-3, 7-15c

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, ‘If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’ 7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.’ 8But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.’ 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ 11But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 

12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’ 14So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

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

2 Timothy 2. 8-15

8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. 14Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

Luke 17. 11-19

11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ 14When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 

17Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ 19Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

2nd October 2022 Sixteenth After Trinity


Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Habakkuk 1. 1-4; 2. 1-4

1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,

and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? 3Why do you

make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me;

strife and contention arise. 4So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The

wicked surround the righteous— therefore judgement comes forth perverted.

1I will stand at my watch-post, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see

what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. 2Then

the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a

runner may read it. 3For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end,

and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. 4Look

at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

2 Timothy 1. 1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that

is in Christ Jesus, 2To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the

Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear

conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night

and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am

reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your

mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle

the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give

us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 8Do

not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join

with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and

called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose

and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has

now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished

death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was

appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But

I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he

is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of

sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ

Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living

in us.

Luke 17. 5-10

5The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ 6The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the

size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in

the sea”, and it would obey you. 7 ‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just

come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your

place at the table”? 8Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on

your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? 9Do you

thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all

that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we

ought to have done!” ’

25th September 2022 Fifteenth After Trinity


Lord God, defend your Church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth, that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amos 6. 1a, 4-7

Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
the notables of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel resorts! 4Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; 5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; 6who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! 7Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

1 Timothy 6. 6-19

6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen. 17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Luke 16. 19-end

19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” 25But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” 27He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” 29Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” 30He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” 31He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’

18th September 2022 Fourteenth After Trinity


Merciful God, your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the righteousness that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amos 8. 4-7

4Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, 5saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the Sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practise deceit with false balances, 6buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ 7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

1 Timothy 2. 1-7

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

Luke 16. 1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” 3Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” 6He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” 7Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 10‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

11th September 2022 Thirteenth After Trinity


Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Exodus 32. 7-14                                                                                                                   7The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”’ 9The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’11But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.”’ 14And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

1 Timothy 1. 12-17                                                                                                                         12I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 15. 1-10

1Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3So he told them this parable: 4‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. 8‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

4th September 2022 Twelfth After Trinity


God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deuteronomy 30. 15-end

15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Philemon 1-21

1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, 2to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God 5because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. 7I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. 8For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, 9yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. 10I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. 12I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. 13I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; 14but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. 15Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, 16no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. 20Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. 21Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Luke 14. 25-33

25Now large crowds were travelling with him; and he turned and said to them, 

26‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” 31Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

28th August 2022 Eleventh After Trinity


God of glory, the end of our searching, help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom, and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 25. 6-7

6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great;
7for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here’, than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

Hebrews 13. 1-8, 15-16

1Let mutual love continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 4Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 5Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ 6So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’ 7Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 15Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 14. 1, 7-14

1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

7When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ 12He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’