Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament 5
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it: 6
I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, 7
To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. 8
I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. 9
Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.' 10
Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! 11
Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, The villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, Let them shout from the top of the mountains. 12
Let them give glory to the LORD, And declare His praise in the coastlands. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. *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 19
Acts 11:19-30, 1-3
Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20
But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 22
Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23
When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 24
For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25
Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. 27
And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28
Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29
Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30
This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. 1
Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, 'Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' 3
Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel 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 Matthew
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Matthew's Gospel chapter 10, beginning at verse 7
And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9
Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10
nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. 11
Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12
And when you go into a household, greet it. 13
If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14
And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15
Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! 16
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.