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    Today Is: Proper 17
Sun, 28 Aug 2022 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: C

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Collect for: Proper 17
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament
Proverbs 25:6-12

6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; 7 For it is better that he say to you, 'Come up here,' Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen. 8 Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame? 9 Debate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another; 10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And your reputation be ruined. 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. 12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm
Psalm 112

1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD; who delights greatly in His commandments

3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD; who delights greatly in His commandments

5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD; who delights greatly in His commandments

7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD; who delights greatly in His commandments

9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD; who delights greatly in His commandments



*At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory 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.


New Testament
Hebrews 13:1-8

1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. 3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them -- those who are mistreated -- since you yourselves are in the body also. 4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' 6 So we may boldly say: 'The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?' 7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Gospel
Luke 14:1-1, 7-14

Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Luke's Gospel chapter 14, beginning at verse 1.

1 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.' 12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, 'When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.'

After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People for: Proper 17

Brothers and sisters, God told us that He will never forsake us. Therefore, taking Him at His Word, let us bring our requests and those of the whole world before Him.

That the Church will lovingly and courageously expose evil wherever it exists in society.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


That the witness of the persecuted Church will lead to the conversion of their oppressors.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


That governments will work to provide opportunities for all their people without prejudice, especially to the poor, the disabled and the marginalized.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


That young men of faith and integrity will be raised up into ordination in order to lead God's Church and His people in future generations.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


That we will be protected from all danger, violence, natural disasters, and terrorism.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


That we will be a humble and generous people, expecting nothing in return.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For our own special intentions. (Pause)
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, You are the God Who meets all our needs. Hear our prayer and give us the grace to be content under any circumstances. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN