Today Is: Proper 23
Sun, 10 Oct 2021 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: B

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Collect for: Proper 23
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament
Amos 5:6-7

6 Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel -- 7 You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!'

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

Psalm 90

12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? And have compassion on Your servants.
Our God works good and makes all things possible.

14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days! 15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, The years in which we have seen evil.
Our God works good and makes all things possible.

16 Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. 17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.
Our God works good and makes all things possible.

*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 4:14-16

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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

Mark 10:17-27

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 Mark.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapter 10, beginning at verse 17.

17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?' 18 So Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' ' 20 And he answered and said to Him, 'Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.' 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.' 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!' 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, 'Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' 26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, 'Who then can be saved?' 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.'

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 23
Brothers and sisters, let us bring our requests before our heavenly Father, Who longs for us to cast our burdens on Him for He cares for us.
For access to the throne of God.

That the Church will reflect the love and forgiveness which God has demonstrated to us in Jesus.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That Churches and missions will be supplied with the necessary resources to further God's Kingdom and to do the work of ministry in their communities.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That government leaders will enact and enforce laws for the good of all their people, especially the poor and the defenseless.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That we will commit our lives to hating evil and loving what is good.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That family members who are estranged will humble themselves and be reconciled one to another.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That we will number our days and make good use of our time, always pursuing those things which are eternal and from above.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

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

Almighty God, what is impossible for man is possible for You.
Therefore, hear and answer our prayer for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.