Lectionary Readings
Book of Common Prayer - 1979
Sunday, September-25-2011
Proper 21

 

 

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The Collect

Proper 21
O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running to obtain thy promises, may be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Preface of the Lord's Day

Old Testament Reading

Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32
1The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2"What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ' The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge'? 3"As I live," says the Lord GOD, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. 4" Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. 25"Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not fair.' Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? 26When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. 27Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. 28Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not fair.' O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? 30"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord GOD. "Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn and live!" -- NKJV

Psalm

Psalm 25:1-14

1To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
     my God, I put my trust in you; *
     let me not be humiliated,
     nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2Let none who look to you be put to shame; * let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3Show me your ways, O LORD, * and teach me your paths.
4Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
5Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, * for they are from everlasting.
6Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7Gracious and upright is the LORD; * therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8He guides the humble in doing right * and teaches his way to the lowly.
9All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness * to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10For your Name's sake, O LORD, * forgive my sin, for it is great.
11Who are they who fear the LORD? * he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12They shall dwell in prosperity, * and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13The LORD is a friend to those who fear him * and will show them his covenant.
14My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, * for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

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Psalm 25:3-9

3Show me your ways, O LORD, *
     and teach me your paths.
4Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
5Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, * for they are from everlasting.
6Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7Gracious and upright is the LORD; * therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8He guides the humble in doing right * and teaches his way to the lowly.
9All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness * to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 

New Testament Reading

Philippians 2:1-13
1Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. -- NKJV

Gospel Reading

Matthew 21:28-32
28"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.' 29He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went. 30Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him. -- NKJV

 


The Preface

Preface of the Lord's Day
To be used on Sundays as appointed, but not on the succeeding weekdays
1. Of God the Father
Creator of the light and source of life, who hast made us in thine image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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2. Of God the Son
Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.
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3. Of God the Holy Spirit
Who by water and the Holy Spirit hast made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth thy glory in all the world.

 

 

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