Inclusive Lectionary Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Oct 30th

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READINGS

Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Matthew 23:1-12

 

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God,

we have no father but you;

no teacher but your Son.

Conform our lives to the faith we profess,

preserve us from arrogance and pride,

and lead us in a Christ-like life of humility and service;

for we ask it in his name

and for his sake.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Heavenly Father,

bring to perfection within us

the communion we share in this sacrament.

May the unity we know this day

lead to the unity of all your children.

This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Amen.

 


 

FIRST READING: Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17

 

A Reading from the Book of Joshua.

 

God said to Joshua, “This day I shall begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you, as I was with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant, ‘When you come to the edge of the River Jordan, you shall wade into the water, and stand still there in the Jordan.'”

 

Joshua then said to the Israelites, “Draw near and hear the words of Yahweh your God.” Joshua said, “By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites: the ark of the covenant of the God of all the earth shall pass before you into the Jordan. When the feet of the priests carrying the Ark of our God, the God of all the whole earth, touch the water of the Jordan, it will stop flowing: the Jordan flowing from upstream shall be cut off, as if it were dammed up.”

 

When the people set out from their encampment to cross over the Jordan, the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant led them. Now the Jordan was overflowing its banks, for it was harvest time. But no sooner had the priests set their feet in the edge of the river than the water upstream stopped flowing, rising up in a single heap for a great distance, as far as Adam, the town next to Zarethan. The water flowing downstream to the sea of the Arabah—that is, the Salt Sea—was completely cut off.

 

Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of Yahweh stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation had crossed the river.

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM 107:1-7, 33-37

 

Give thanks to God, who is good,

whose mercy endures for ever.

Let all those whom God has redeemed

proclaim that God redeemed them

from the hand of the foe.

 

God gathered them out of the lands;

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes;

they found no way to a city where they might dwell.

 

They were hungry and thirsty;

their spirits languished within them.

Then they cried out to God in their trouble,

and God delivered them from their distress:

 

placing their feet on a straight path

toward a city where they might dwell;

changing rivers into deserts,

and water-springs into thirsty ground;

 

a fruitful land into salt flats,

because of the wickedness of those who dwell there;

changing deserts into pools of water

and dry land into water-springs;

 

settling the hungry there,

where they founded a city to dwell in;

where they sowed fields, and planted vineyards,

and brought in a fruitful harvest.

 

SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

 

A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

 

You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

 

You are witnesses, as God is also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into glory, into God’s own realm.

 

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you who believe.

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 


 

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:1-12

 

 

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory be to Thee, O Christ.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

 

The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat;

therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it;

but do not do as they do,

for they do not practise what they teach.

 

They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,

and lay them on the shoulders of others;

but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.

 

They do all their deeds to be seen by others;

for they make their phylacteries broad

and their fringes long.

 

They love to have the place of honour at banquets

and the best seats in the synagogues,

and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,

and to have people call them ‘Rabbi’.

But you are not to be called rabbi,

for you have only one teacher,

and you are all students.

 

And call no one your ‘father’ on earth,

for you have only one Father,

the One God in heaven.

Nor are you to be called leaders,

for you have only one leader,

God’s Chosen One.

 

The greatest among you will be your servant.

All who exalt themselves will be humbled,

and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

 

 

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Inclusive Lectionary Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 23

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READINGS

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Matthew 22:34-46

OPENING PRAYER

Your love, O God, is boundless.

We who were strangers

have been made your children.

We who were defenceless

have been brought into your household.

Keep us ever mindful

of your endless deeds of mercy,

that we may love you with our whole being,

and love our neighbour as ourselves;

through Jesus Christ your Son, our Saviour,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God for ever and ever.

Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Merciful God,

you have blessed us with bountiful goodness:

may we love you with our whole heart, mind, and soul,

and loving our neighbour as ourselves,

show forth your glory in all the world;

through Christ our Saviour.

Amen.

FIRST READING:Deuteronomy 34:1-12

A Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

Then Moses went up from the plains of -ăb to Mount -bō, to the top of Pĭs-găh, which is opposite Jericho, and God showed him the entire land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Năph--lĭ, the land of Ēph-rā-ĭm and Mă-năs-sĕh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the -gĕb, and the broad valley stretching to Jericho, the city of palm trees as far as -ăr. God said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you look upon it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

Then Moses, the servant of God, died there in the land of Moab, as God decreed. He was buried in a valley in the land of -ăb, opposite Bĕth-pē-ōr, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of -ăb thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as God had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face to face. He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that God sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.PSALM 90:1-6, 13-17

O God, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or the land and the earth were born,

from age to age you are God.

You turn us back into dust and say,

“Go back, O children of the earth.”

For a thousand years in your sight

are like yesterday when it is past

and like a watch in the night.

You sweep us away like a dream;

we fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green and flourishes;

in the evening it is dried up and withered.

Return to us, O God;

how long will you tarry?

Be gracious to your servants.

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Give us joy for as many days as you afflicted us,

for as many years as we suffered misfortune.

Let your works be seen by your servants,

and your glory witnessed by their children.

May God’s favour be upon us;

prosper the work of our hands;

prosper our handiwork.

SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.

You yourselves know, my brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain; that though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.

For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery but, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.

As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our very selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 22:34-46

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory be to Thee, O Christ.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “‘You shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered around him, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls the Messiah Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”‘? If David thus calls the Messiah Lord, how can the Messiah be his son?”

No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When the going gets tough …

This Week at St. Stephen’s … for October 16, 2011

Over the next few weeks, as the Gospel story unfolds in our Sunday readings, we will witness a growing tension between Jesus and his detractors; between the power of the Kingdom which he preached and the earthly powers exercised by the religious authorities of his day. It is a tension that proved fatal for Jesus, though it also became the catalyst for the birth of the church.

It is said that the role of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. This is one of those instances. As much as we need to hear that the peace of Christ dwells within us, there is also that faint reminder that Jesus came not to bring peace, but a sword! Following Jesus does indeed bring us “home” to a sense of peace on our hearts. But it also creates a tension between the Gospel values we espouse and the realities we often encounter in our world, realities of cruelty and greed.

Being Christians involves taking up our own cross and following the one who ushers in the Realm of God. This means we are both comforted—that God cares for us as a parent for its child—and also afflicted—that we too must take this message, with our words and in our lives, into a world that so badly needs to hear it. This is precisely the reason we gather for worship: to receive fresh strength for the difficult role of being God’s People in the world.

Inclusive Lectionary Eigtheenth Sunday after Pentecost Oct.16 Year A

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READINGS

Exodus 33:12-23

Psalm 99

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22

 

OPENING PRAYER

O God, whose name we bear,

whose face we seek;

the whole world is yours, and all that it contains.

Recall us to our true allegiance,

so that beyond the powers of this world

you alone may claim our fullest loyalty and love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Almighty God,

you rule the world with justice,

and our hearts with love.

May we who have received your abundant grace

care for the world you have made,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.


FIRST READING:  Exodus 33:12-23

 

A Reading from the Book of Exodus.

 

          Moses said to God, “Look, you have told me to lead this people, but you have never told me who you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name,’ and, ‘You have found favour in my sight.’ So if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways so that I may truly know you and indeed find favour in your sight. Remember that these people are the nation you have chosen as your own.”

 

          God said, “My presence shall go with you; let this set your mind at ease.” Moses said, “If your presence will not go with us, do not send us from this place. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight—I, and your people—unless you go with us? In this way shall we be marked—I, and your people—from every other people on the face of the earth.”

 

          God said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please, show me your glory!” God said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim in your presence my Name: ‘I AM’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But you cannot see my face; for no one shall see my face and live.”

 

          Then God said, “See, here is a place beside me where you can stand on a rock. When my glory passes by I will place you in a cleft in the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face you must not see.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.
PSALM 99

 

Our God reigns;

let the people tremble;

          our God is enthroned upon the Cherubim;

          let the earth shake.

 

Our God is great in Zion,

high above all peoples.

          Let them confess God’s name:

          Great and Awesome One.

 

You are holy and mighty,

a ruler who loves justice;

          you have established fairness

          and executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

 

We proclaim your greatness, O God,

and fall down before your footstool:

          you are the Holy One!

 

Moses and Aaron are among your priests,

and Samuel among those who call upon your name,

they called upon you, and you answered them.

          You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;

          they kept your laws

          and the decrees that you gave them.

 

O God, you answered them indeed;

you were a God who forgave them,

yet punished them for their evil deeds.

          We proclaim your greatness, O God,

          and worship you upon your holy mountain;

          for you, O God, are the Holy One!
SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

 

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.

 

          From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace.

 

          We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith, your labour of love, and your steadfastness of hope in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

          For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that God has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of our God, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

 

          For indeed God’s word has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for God’s Only Begotten to return from heaven, whom God raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is to come.      

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 22:15-22

 


The Lord be with you.

And with thy Spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

 of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


 

          Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor, or not?”

 

          But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The Emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the Emperor the things that are the Emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

 

          When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 


The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


 

Inclusive Lectionary Harvest Thanksgiving Year A

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Harvest Thanksgiving Year A

 

READINGS

Deuteronomy 8:7-18

Psalm 65

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Luke 17:11-19

 

OPENING PRAYER

Creator of the fruitful earth,

you made us stewards of all things. 

Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,

and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,

that the whole human family,

today and in generations to come,

may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation. 

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. 

Amen.

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Source of all life,

heaven and earth are yours,

yet you have placed all things into our care.

Receive these symbols of our labour

which we offer you this day,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Creator of the earth and heavens,

in this Eucharist

we find the consummation of all your blessings.

Nourished in these Holy Mysteries

may we, with our lives,

give you continual thanks and praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 8:7-18

 

A Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

 

          Moses convened all of Israel, and said to them:

 

          “Your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless your God for the good land that has been given you.

 

          “Take care that you do not forget God, by failing to keep the commandments, the ordinances, and the statutes which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses, and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions.

 

          “God made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourselves, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ But remember your God, for it is God who gives you power to get wealth, so that the covenant that God swore to your ancestors may be upheld—as is happening this very day.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 65

 

You are to be praised, O God, in Zion;

our vows to you will be honoured—

          you who hears our prayers

          and before whom all flesh must stand.

 

Our sins are stronger than we are;

they overwhelm us;

          but you provide atonement for them.

 

Happy are those you choose,

those who dwell in your courts!

          They will be satisfied by the beauty of your house,

          by the holiness of your temple.

 

Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

          O Hope of all the ends of the earth

          and of the seas that are far away.

 

You make fast the mountains by your power;

they are girded about with might.

          You still the roaring of the seas,

          the roaring of their waves,

          and the clamour of the peoples.

 

Those who dwell at the ends of the earth

will tremble at your marvellous signs;

          you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it abundantly;

you make it very plenteous;

your rivers overflow with water.

          You prepare the grain,

          for so you provide for the earth.

 

You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges;

with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.

          You crown the year with your goodness,

          and your paths overflow with plenty.

 

May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing,

and the hills be clothed with joy.

          May the meadows cover themselves with flocks,

          and the valleys cloak themselves with grain;

          let them shout for joy and sing.
SECOND READING:  2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

 

          The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

          And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “The righteous distribute freely, they give to the poor; and their righteousness endures forever.” The One who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.

 

          By offering this service, you prove yourselves. You glorify God by your obedience, confessing the gospel of Christ, and also by your generosity, sharing with the saints and with others. Their prayers for you show how they are drawn to you because of the surpassing grace of God they see in you. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING:  Luke 17:11-19

 


The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Luke.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

of Jesus Christ

according to Luke.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

          On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

 

          When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.

 

          Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.

 

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

 


The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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Michael and All Angels

Genesis 28:10-17

Psalm 103:19-22

Revelation 12:7-12

John 1:47-51

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Eternal God,

you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order

the ministries of both angels and mortals.

Grant that as your holy angels stand before you in heaven,

so at your command they may help and defend us here on earth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

God of glory,

as you have appointed angels to minister in your presence,

so may all our worship bring you worthy praise.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God,

you have fed us with the bread of angels.

May we who come under their protection,

like them give you continual service and praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.


FIRST READING: Genesis 28:10-17

 

A Reading from the Book of Genesis.

 

          Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.

 

          And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending upon it. And Yahweh, our God, stood beside him and said, “I am your God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

 

          Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely God is in this place and I did not know it!” 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.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 


 

PSALM 103:19-22

 

God’s throne is set in heaven;

God’s rule has dominion over all.

 

Bless our God, you angels,

you mighty ones who do God’s bidding,

attentive to every word God speaks.

 

Bless our God, you heavenly hosts,

you faithful ones who do God’s will.

 

Bless our God, all creation,

to the farthest reaches of God’s reign:

O my soul, may God’s Name be blessed!


SECOND READING:  Revelation 12:7-12

 

A Reading from the Book of Revelation

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

          Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the holy rule of our God, and the authority of God’s Anointed; for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before God. They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

“Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 


GOSPEL READING: John 1:47-51

 

 

The Lord be with you.                         God be with you.

And with thy spirit.                            And also with you.

The Holy Gospel                                 The Good News

of our Lord Jesus Christ                       of Jesus Christ

according to John.                               according to John.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.                  Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

          When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Now here is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

 

          Nathanael asked him, “How did you come to know me?”

 

          Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

 

          Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are indeed the Holy One of God! You are the Ruler of Israel!”

 

          Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these!” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon God’s Chosen One.”

 

The Gospel of Christ.                          The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.              Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.