Proper 17

Year C
Group: III
Colour: Green

Principle Service (Text shown)

Continuous

Jeremiah 2. 4-13

Psalm 81. 1, 10-16 or 81. 1-11

Hebrews 13. 1-8, 15-16

Luke 14. 1, 7-14

 

or Related

Sirach 10. 12-18 or Proverbs 25. 6-7

Psalm 112

Hebrews 13. 1-8, 15, 16

Luke 14. 1, 7-14

 

Second Service (Text not shown)

Psalm 119. 81-88, [89-96]

Isaiah 33. 13-22

John 3. 22-36

 

Third Service (Text not shown)

Psalm 119. 161-176

Jonah 3. 1-9 or Sirach 11. [7-17,] 18-28

Revelation 3. 14-22

 

Continuous

Jeremiah 2. 4-13

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?’ I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.

Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.

 

Psalm 81. 1, 10-16 or 81. 1-11

Biblical text

Psalm 81. 1, 10-16

Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

‘But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last for ever. I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.’

 

 

Psalm 81. 1-11

Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt.

I hear a voice I had not known: ‘I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

‘But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

 

Psalm 81. 1, 10-16 or 81. 1-11

Pointed Psalm

Psalm 81. 1, 10-16

Sing merrily to / God our / strength :

shout for / joy • to the / God of / Jacob.

I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up from the / land of / Egypt :

open your mouth / wide and / I shall / fill it.’

But my people would not / hear my / voice :

and / Israel would / not o/bey me.

So I sent them away in the stubbornness / of their / hearts :

and let them walk / after their / own / counsels.

O that my people would / listen to / me :

that / Israel would / walk • in my / ways!

Then I should soon put / down their / enemies :

and turn my / hand a/gainst their / adversaries.

Those who hate the Lord would be / humbled be/fore him :

and their / punishment would / last for / ever.

But Israel would I feed with the / finest / wheat :

and with honey / from the / rock • would I / satisfy them.

 

Pointed Psalm

Psalm 81. 1-11

Sing merrily to / God our / strength :

shout for / joy • to the / God of / Jacob.

Take up the song and / sound the / timbrel :

the tuneful / lyre / with the / harp.

Blow the trumpet at the / new / moon :

as at the full moon, up/on our / solemn / feast day.

For this is a / statute for / Israel :

a / law • of the / God of / Jacob,

The charge he laid on the / people of / Joseph :

when they came / out of the / land of / Egypt.

I heard a voice I did not / know, that / said :

‘I eased their shoulder from the burden;

their hands were set / free from / bearing the / load.

You called upon me in trouble and / I de/livered you :

I answered you from the secret place of thunder

and proved you / at the / waters of / Meribah.

Hear, O my people, and I / will ad/monish you :

O Israel, if you / would but / listen to / me!

There shall be no strange / god a/mong you :

you shall not / worship a / foreign / god.

I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up from the / land of / Egypt :

open your mouth / wide and / I shall / fill it.’

But my people would not / hear my / voice :

and / Israel would / not o/bey me.

 

Hebrews 13. 1-8, 15-16

Let mutual love continue.Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

 

Luke 14. 1, 7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable.‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host;and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

 

Related

Sirach 10. 12-18 or Proverbs 25. 6-7

Sirach 10. 12-18

The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker. For the beginning of pride is sin, and the one who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities, and destroys them completely. The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers, and enthrones the lowly in their place. The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations, and plants the humble in their place. The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations, and destroys them to the foundations of the earth. He removes some of them and destroys them, and erases the memory of them from the earth. Pride was not created for human beings, or violent anger for those born of women.

 

Proverbs 25. 6-7

Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here’, than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

 

 

Psalm 112

Biblical text

Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures for ever. They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered for ever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures for ever; their horn is exalted in honour. The wicked see it and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

 

Psalm 112

Pointed Psalm

Alleluia.

Blessed are those who / fear the / Lord :

and have great de/light in / his com/mandments.

Their descendants will be mighty / in the / land :

a generation of the / faithful that / will be / blest.

Wealth and riches will be / in their / house :

and their / righteousness en/dures for / ever.

Light shines in the darkness / for the / upright :

gracious and full of com/passion / are the / righteous.

It goes well with those who are / generous in / lending :

and order / their af/fairs with / justice,

For they will / never be / shaken :

the righteous will be held in / ever/lasting re/membrance.

They will not be afraid of any / evil / tidings :

their heart is steadfast, / trusting / in the / Lord.

Their heart is sustained and / will not / fear :

until they see the / downfall / of their / foes.

They have given freely to the poor;

their righteousness stands / fast for / ever :

their head will / be ex/alted with / honour.

The wicked shall see it and be angry;

they shall gnash their teeth / in des/pair :

the de/sire • of the / wicked shall / perish.

 

Hebrews 13. 1-8, 15, 16 

Luke 14. 1, 7-14

 

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