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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 87:1-7
Psalm 90:1-17
Hosea 1:1-11,2:1
Acts 20:1-16
Luke 4:38-44

Ordinary Time
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

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Psalm 87

(1) He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; (2) the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. (3) Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah (4) I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me-- Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush--and will say, 'This one was born in Zion.''

(5) Indeed, of Zion it will be said, 'This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.' (6) The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: 'This one was born in Zion.' Selah (7) As they make music they will sing, 'All my fountains are in you.'

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.



Psalm 90

(1) Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (2) Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (3) You turn men back to dust, saying, 'Return to dust, O sons of men.' (4) For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

(5) You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning-- (6) though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. (7) We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. (8) You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

(9) All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. (10) The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (11) Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. (12) Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

(13) Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. (14) Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (15) Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. (16) May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.

(17) May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.



Hosea 1

(1) The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel: (2) When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, 'Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.' (3) So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. (4) Then the LORD said to Hosea, 'Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.

(5) In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel.' (6) Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, 'Call her Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them. (7) Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them-- not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God.' (8) After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.

(9) Then the LORD said, 'Call him Lo-Ammi, for you are not my people, and I am not your God. (10) Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' (11) The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel. (1) Say of your brothers, 'My people,' and of your sisters, 'My loved one.'

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Acts 20

(1) When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-by and set out for Macedonia. (2) He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, (3) where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. (4) He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.

(5) These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. (6) But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days. (7) On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. (8) There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.

(9) Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. (10) Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. 'Don't be alarmed,' he said. 'He's alive!' (11) Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. (12) The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

(13) We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. (14) When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. (15) The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. (16) Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Luke 4

(38) Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. (39) So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. (40) When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. (41) Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, 'You are the Son of God!' But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.

(42) At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. (43) But he said, 'I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.' (44) And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.



Seasonal Collect:  Proper 20 The Sunday closest to September 21
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer   

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.



Closing Prayers   

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.



This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord