For October 20th and 27th. 2019
October 20, 2019- Holy EucharisT (The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
The Collect of the Day (kneeling)
Set us free, loving Father, from the bondage of our sins, and in your goodness and
mercy give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us
in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Lesson: Genesis 32:3-8, 22-30 ...........................................p. 27
Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Se’ir, the
country of Edom, instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says
your servant Jacob, `I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now; and I have
oxen, asses, flocks, menservants, and maidservants; and I have sent to tell my lord,
in order that I may find favor in your sight.'” And the messengers returned to Ja-
cob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and
four hundred men with him." Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he
divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into
two companies, thinking, "If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then
the company which is left will escape." The same night he arose and took his two
wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he
had. And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of
the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the
hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let
you go, unless you bless me." And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he
said, "Jacob." Then he said, "Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel,
for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed." Then Jacob
asked him, "Tell me, I pray, your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my
name?" And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peni’el,
saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved."
Psalm 121 (standing, sung)
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills;* from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,* the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall
4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel* shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5 The LORD himself watches over you;* the LORD is your shade at your right
6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day,* nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;* it is he who shall keep you safe.
8 The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in,* from this time
forth for evermore.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the be-
ginning, is now, and will be for ever, Amen.
The Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5...........................................p. 996
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of,
because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you
have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teach-
ing, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of
God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and
of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appear-
ing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in sea-
son and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and
careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound
doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great
number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their
ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all
situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of
The Gospel: Luke 18:1-8a ...........................................................p. 877
Jesus told this parable to his disciples, to the effect that they ought always to pray
and not lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared
God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to
him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.' For a while he refused; but
afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor regard man, yet be-
cause this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her
continual coming.’” And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.
And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay
long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily.”
October 27, 2019- Holy Baptisim (The twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Lesson: Jeremiah 14:1-10, 19-22 …………………………..……p. 642
The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought: “Judah mourns, and her gates languish; her people lament on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem goes up. Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns; they find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are shamed and confounded and cover their heads. Because of the ground that is dismayed, since there is no rain on the land, the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads. Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn because there is no grass. The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail because there is no vegetation. “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?Why should you be like a man confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.” Thus says the Lord concerning this people: “They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the Lord does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.” Have you utterly rejected Judah? Does your soul loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror. We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.
Psalm 84 (standing, sung)
1 How lovely are your dwellings,* O LORD God of hosts!
2 My soul has a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the LORD;* my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3 Indeed, the sparrow has found her a house, and the swallow a next where she may lay her young,* even your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are they who dwell in your house;* they will be always praising you.
5 Blessed is the one whose strength is in you,* in whose heart are your ways,
6 Who going through the valley of misery uses it for a well;* indeed, the early rains fill the pools with water.
7 They will go from strength to strength,* and the God of gods shall be seen by them in Zion.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;* hearken, O God of Jacob.
9 Behold, O God, our defender,* and look upon the face of your Anointed.
10 For one day in your courts* is better than a thousand;
11 I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God* than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the LORD God is as light and defense;* the LORD will give grace and honor, and no good thing shall be withhold from those who live a godly life.
13 O LORD God of hosts,* blessed is the one who puts his trust in you.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever, Amen
The Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 4:6-18…………...……………….……….p. 996
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen
The Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 ………………………………………..………..p. 877
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.