Inclusive Lectionary All Saints’ Day Nov 06

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READINGS

Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 34:1-10

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

OPENING PRAYER

Holy God,

you call your people to reflect your glory.

As we keep the festival of your saints,

give us their meekness, their poverty of spirit,

their thirst for justice, and their purity of heart.

And as we follow their example,

may we share with them

the richness of your heavenly realm,

and be clothed in the glory you bestow

on those who love you.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour,

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

One God for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Glorious God,

as we have joined our voices in worship

to those of your saints,

may we one day gather with them

to worship you around your heavenly throne;

through Jesus Christ, your Son our Saviour.

Amen.


FIRST READING:  Revelation 7:9-17

 

A Reading from the Book of Revelation

 

After
this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from
every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who
is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

 

And all
the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living
creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,
singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

 

Then
one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these who are robed in
white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are
the one who knows.”

 

Then he
said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great ordeal;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For
this reason they are before God’s throne, worshipping God day and night within God’s
temple, and the One who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will
hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any
scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their
shepherd, and will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe
away every tear from their eyes.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 34:1-10

 

I will bless our God at all times,

whose praise will continually be in my mouth.

          My soul
will glory in our God;

          let the
oppressed hear it and rejoice.

 

Proclaim with me the greatness of our God;

let us exalt God’s name together.

          I sought
God, who answered me,

          and freed
me from all my fears.

 

Look upon our God and be radiant,

and do not let your faces be covered with shame.

          In my
affliction I called out, and God heard me,

          and saved
me from all my troubles.

 

The angel of God encamps around those

who revere God, and rescues them.

          Taste
and see that God is good;

          happy
are they who trust in God!

 

Revere God, you who are God’s saints,

for those who stand in awe of God lack
nothing.

          The
young lion may lack, and suffer hunger,

          but
those who seek our God

          will lack
no good thing.

SECOND READING:  1 John 3:1-3

 

 

A Reading from the First Letter of John.

 

See
what love God the Father has given us, that we should be called children of
God; for that is what we are!  The reason
the world does not know us is that it has not known God. Beloved, we are God’s
children now.

 

What we
will become has not yet been revealed to us; but this we do know: when all is
revealed, we will be like God, for we will see God as God truly is. All who keep
this hope keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure.

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 5:1-12

 


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 Lord.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

When
Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his
disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

 

Blessed
are the poor in spirit,

for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed
are those who mourn,

for
they will be comforted.

 

Blessed
are the meek,

for
they will inherit the earth.

 

Blessed
are those

who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for
they will be filled.

 

Blessed
are the merciful,

for
they will receive mercy.

 

Blessed
are the pure in heart,

for
they will see God.

 

Blessed
are the peacemakers,

for
they will be called children of God.

 

Blessed
are those

who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed
are you

when people revile you         and
persecute you

and
utter all kinds of evil against you falsely

on
my account.

Rejoice
and be glad:

your
reward is great in heaven,

for in
the same way they persecuted the prophets

who
were before you.

 


The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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.

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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.