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    Today Is: Proper 20
Sun, 18 Sep 2022 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: C

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Collect for: Proper 20
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, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament
Amos 8:4-12

4 Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, And make the poor of the land fail, 5 Saying: 'When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit, 6 That we may buy the poor for silver, And the needy for a pair of sandals -- Even sell the bad wheat?' 7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: 'Surely I will never forget any of their works. 8 Shall the land not tremble for this, And everyone mourn who dwells in it? All of it shall swell like the River, Heave and subside Like the River of Egypt. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day,' says the Lord GOD, 'That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight; 10 I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, And its end like a bitter day. 11 Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord GOD, 'That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, But shall not find it.

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


Psalm
Psalm 113

1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD! 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forevermore! 3 From the rising of the sun to its going down The LORD's name is to be praised.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 The LORD is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, 6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

7 He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, 8 That He may seat him with princes -- With the princes of His people. 9 He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.



*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
1 Timothy 2:1-8

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle -- I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying -- a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

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


Gospel
Luke 16:1-12

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 16, beginning at verse 1.

1 He also said to His disciples: 'There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' 3 Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' 5 So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' 6 And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' 7 Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. 9 And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?

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 20

Brothers and sisters, until Jesus comes again and fully establishes His Kingdom here on earth we are commanded to pray. Therefore, let us joyfully bring our request before God's Throne.

For the Church; that She will faithfully manifest the love and forgiveness that God has demonstrated to us through His Son Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For the lost; that we will have the heart of God toward sinners and boldly tell of His saving work through Jesus Christ whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For those in authority; that we will be diligent to pray for them that we might live a quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For our children; that we will raise them up in the ways of the Lord, trusting God that when they get old they will not depart from it.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For the poor, the broken-hearted, the imprisoned and the ashamed.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit to be poured out abundantly upon God's people to the glory of God the Father.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


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


Heavenly Father, while we were yet sinners You loved us and sent Your Son to redeem us. Hear our prayer and give us the eyes to see the lost the way You do and the boldness to bring them the Gospel. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN