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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