Readings

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    The Collect of the Day

    Proper 21

    The Sunday closest to September 28

    O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Psalms

    66

    Jubilate DeoBCP p. 673

    1Be joyful in God, all you lands; *sing the glory of his Name; sing the glory of his praise.

    2Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! *because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.

    3All the earth bows down before you, *sings to you, sings out your Name.”

    4Come now and see the works of God, *how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.

    5He turned the sea into dry land, so that they went through the water on foot, *and there we rejoiced in him.

    6In his might he rules for ever; his eyes keep watch over the nations; *let no rebel rise up against him.

    7Bless our God, you peoples; *make the voice of his praise to be heard;

    8Who holds our souls in life, *and will not allow our feet to slip.

    9For you, O God, have proved us; *you have tried us just as silver is tried.

    10You brought us into the snare; *you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

    11You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; *but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

    12I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows, *which I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

    13I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams; *I will give you oxen and goats.

    14Come and listen, all you who fear God, *and I will tell you what he has done for me.

    15I called out to him with my mouth, *and his praise was on my tongue.

    16If I had found evil in my heart, *the Lord would not have heard me;

    17But in truth God has heard me; *he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

    18Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *nor withheld his love from me.

    67

    Deus misereaturBCP p. 675

    1May God be merciful to us and bless us, *show us the light of his countenance and come to us.

    2Let your ways be known upon earth, *your saving health among all nations.

    3Let the peoples praise you, O God; *let all the peoples praise you.

    4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth.

    5Let the peoples praise you, O God; *let all the peoples praise you.

    6The earth has brought forth her increase; *may God, our own God, give us his blessing.

    7May God give us his blessing, *and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

    Daily Office Readings

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    Hosea 2:2-14

    2 Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts, 3 or I will strip her naked and expose her as in the day she was born, and make her like a wilderness, and turn her into a parched land, and kill her with thirst. 4 Upon her children also I will have no pity, because they are children of whoredom. 5 For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, “I will go after my lovers; they give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.” 6 Therefore I will hedge up her way with thorns; and I will build a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths. 7 She shall pursue her lovers, but not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them. Then she shall say, “I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better with me then than now.” 8 She did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished upon her silver and gold that they used for Baal. 9 Therefore I will take back my grain in its time, and my wine in its season; and I will take away my wool and my flax, which were to cover her nakedness. 10 Now I will uncover her shame in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall rescue her out of my hand. 11 I will put an end to all her mirth, her festivals, her new moons, her sabbaths, and all her appointed festivals. 12 I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees, of which she said, “These are my pay, which my lovers have given me.” I will make them a forest, and the wild animals shall devour them. 13 I will punish her for the festival days of the Baals, when she offered incense to them and decked herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers, and forgot me, says the Lord. 14 Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.

    James 3:1-13

    1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8 but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh. 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

    Matt. 13:44-52

    44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”