Proper 20

Year C
Group: III
Colour: Green

Principle Service (Text shown)

Continuous

Jeremiah 8.18 – 9.1

Psalm 79. 1-9

1 Timothy 2. 1-7

Luke 16. 1-13

 

or Related

Amos 8. 4-7

Psalm 113

1 Timothy 2. 1-7

Luke 16. 1-13

 

Second Service (Text not shown)

Psalm [128;] 129

Ezra 1

John 7. 14-36

 

Third Service (Text not shown)

Psalm 130; 131

Isaiah 45. 9-22

Revelation 14. 1-5

 

Continuous

Jeremiah 8.18 – 9.1

My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: ‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?’ (‘Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?’) ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?

O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!

 

 

Psalm 79. 1-9

Biblical text

O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the air for food, the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth. They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them. We have become a taunt to our neighbours, mocked and derided by those around us.

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever? Will your jealous wrath burn like fire? Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.

Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.


Psalm 79. 1-9

Pointed Psalm

O God, the heathen have come / into your / heritage :

your holy temple have they defiled

and made Je/rusalem a / heap of / stones.

The dead bodies of your servants they have given

to be food for the / birds of the / air :

and the flesh of your / faithful • to the / beasts of the / field.

Their blood have they shed like water

on every / side of Je/rusalem :

and / there was / no one to / bury them.

We have become the / taunt of our / neighbours :

the scorn and derision of / those that are / round a/bout us.

Lord, how long will you be / angry, for / ever? :

How long will your jealous / fury / blaze like / fire?

Pour out your wrath

upon the nations that / have not / known you :

and upon the kingdoms

that have not / called up/on your / name.

For they have de/voured / Jacob :

and / laid / waste his / dwelling place.

Remember not against us our / former / sins :

let your compassion make haste to meet us,

for / we are brought / very / low.

Help us, O God of our salvation,

for the glory / of your / name :

deliver us, and wipe away our sins / for your / name’s / sake.

 

 

1 Timothy 2. 1-7

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone,for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all—this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

Luke 16. 1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.”Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.”So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?”He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.”Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.”And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

 

Related

Amos 8. 4-7

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.

 

 

Psalm 113

Biblical text

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and for evermore. From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.

Praise the Lord!

 

Psalm 113

Pointed Psalm

Alleluia.

Give praise, you servants / of the / Lord :

O / praise the / name of the / Lord.

Blessed be the / name of the / Lord :

from this time forth / and for / ever/more.

From the rising of the sun / to its / setting :

let the / name of the / Lord be / praised.

The Lord is high a/bove all / nations :

and his / glory a/bove the / heavens.

Who is like the / Lord our / God :

that / has his / throne so / high,

Yet humbles himself / to be/hold :

the / things of / heaven and / earth?

He raises the poor from the dust

and lifts the needy / from the / ashes :

To set them with princes,

with the / princes / of his / people.

He gives the barren woman a / place in the / house :

and makes her a joyful mother of / children. / Alle/luia.

 

 

1 Timothy 2. 1-7

Luke 16. 1-13

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