Proper 11

Year C
Group: III
Colour: Green

Principal Service (Text shown)
Amos 8. 1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1. 15-28
Luke 10. 38-42

or Related
Genesis 18. 1-10a
Psalm 15
Colossians 1. 15-28
Luke 10. 38-42

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 81
Genesis 41. 1-16, 25-37
1 Corinthians 4. 8-13
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
John 4. 31-35

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 82; 100
Deuteronomy 30. 1-10
1 Peter 3. 8-18


Amos 8. 1-12

This is what the Lord GOD showed me – a basket of summer fruit. He said, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A basket of summer fruit.’ Then the LORD said to me, ‘The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass them by. The songs of the temple shall become wailings on that day,’ says the Lord GOD; ‘the dead bodies shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!’
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practise deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’
The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?
On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.
The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. 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 they shall not find it.

Psalm 52

Biblical text

Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
But God will break you down for ever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying, ‘See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!’
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever. I will thank you for ever, because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Psalm 52

Pointed Psalm

Why do you glory in / evil, you / tyrant :
while the goodness of / God en/dures con/tinually?
You plot destruction, / you de/ceiver :
your tongue is / like a / sharpened / razor.
You love evil / rather than / good :
falsehood / rather • than the / word of / truth.
You love all / words that / hurt :
O / you de/ceitful / tongue.
Therefore God shall utterly / bring you / down :
he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
and root you / out of the / land • of the / living.
The righteous shall / see this and / tremble :
they shall / laugh you to / scorn, and / say:
‘This is the one who did not take God / for a / refuge :
but trusted in great riches
/ and re/lied upon / wickedness.’
But I am like a spreading olive tree in the / house of / God :
I trust in the goodness of / God for / ever and / ever.
I will always give thanks to you for / what you have / done :
I will hope in your name,
for your / faithful / ones de/light in it.

Colossians 1. 15-28

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him – provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10. 38-42

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’


Genesis 18. 1-10a

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’

Psalm 15

Biblical text

O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbours; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honour those who fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 15

Pointed Psalm

Lord, who may / dwell in your / tabernacle? :
Who may rest up/on your / holy / hill?
Whoever leads an / uncorrupt / life :
and / does the / thing that is / right;
Who speaks the / truth • from the / heart :
and / bears • no de/ceit on the / tongue;
Who does no / evil • to a / friend :
and / pours no / scorn • on a / neighbour;
In whose sight the wicked are / not es/teemed :
but who honours / those who / fear the / Lord.
Whoever has / sworn to a / neighbour :
and / never goes / back • on that / word;
Who does not lend money in hope of gain,
nor takes a bribe a/gainst the / innocent :
Whoever does these / things shall / never / fall.

Colossians 1. 15-28
Luke 10. 38-42


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