Bible Sunday

Year C
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C074 - Last Sunday After Pentecost-Bible Sunday - English

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Collect 126 (Text shown)
(1984 page 207 / Collect 125)
Post Communion Prayer 127 (Text shown)

Collect 126
Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 127
Gracious God,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


Bible Sunday

Principle Service (Text shown)
Isaiah 45. 22-25
Psalm 119. 129-136
Romans 15. 1-6
Luke 4. 16-24

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 119. 1-16
Jeremiah 36. 9-32
Romans 10. 5-17
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
Matthew 22. 34-40

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 119. 105-128
1 Kings 22. 1-17
Romans 15. 4-13 or Luke 14. 1-14


Isaiah 45. 22-25
Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.’
Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; all who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall triumph and glory.

Psalm 119. 129-136
Biblical text
Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom towards those who love your name. Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.

Pointed Psalm
Your testimonies / are / wonderful :
there/fore my / soul / keeps them.
The opening of your / word gives / light :
it gives under/standing / to the / simple.
I open my mouth and / draw in my / breath :
as I / long for / your com/mandments.
Turn to me and be / gracious / to me :
as is your way with / those who / love your / name.
Order my steps / by your / word :
and let no wickedness / have do/minion / over me.
Redeem me from / earthly op/pressors :
so that / I may / keep • your com/mandments.
Show the light of your countenance up/on your / servant :
and / teach / me your / statutes.
My eyes run down with / streams of / water :
because the wicked / do not / keep your / law.

Romans 15. 1-6
We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbour for the good purpose of building up the neighbour. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 4. 16-24
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’ And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town.


Last Sunday after Pentecost (Trinity 22)

Principle Service (Text shown)
Joel 2. 23-32
Psalm 65 or 65. 1-8
2 Timothy 4. 6-8, 16-18
Luke 18. 9-14
or related
Sirach 35. 12-17 or Jeremiah 14. 7-10, 19-22
Psalm 84. 1-7
2 Timothy 4. 6-8. 16-18
Luke 18. 9-14

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 119. 1-16
Ecclesiastes 11, 12
2 Timothy 2. 1-7
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
Matthew 22. 34-46

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 119. 105-128
Isaiah 59. 9-20
Luke 14. 1-14


Joel 2. 23-32
O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing-floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Then afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

Psalm 65 or 65. 1-8
Biblical text
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed, O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might. You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Pointed Psalm
Praise is due to you, O / God, in / Zion :
to you that answer / prayer shall / vows be / paid.
To you shall all flesh come to con/fess their / sins :
when our misdeeds prevail against us,
/ you will / purge them a/way.
Happy are they whom you choose
and draw to your / courts to / dwell there :
we shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,
/ even • of your / holy / temple.
With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,
O God of / our sal/vation :
O hope of all the ends of the earth
and / of the / farthest / seas.
In your strength you set / fast the / mountains :
and are / girded a/bout with / might.
You still the / raging • of the / seas :
the roaring of their waves and the / clamour / of the / peoples.
Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
tremble / at your / marvels :
the gates of the morning and / evening / sing your / praise.
You visit the / earth and / water it :
you / make it / very / plenteous.
The river of God is / full of / water :
you prepare grain for your people,
for / so you pro/vide • for the / earth.
You drench the furrows and / smooth out the / ridges :
you soften the ground with / showers and / bless its / increase.
You crown the year / with your / goodness :
and your / paths • over/flow with / plenty.
May the pastures of the wilderness / flow with / goodness :
and the / hills be / girded with / joy.
May the meadows be clothed with / flocks of / sheep :
and the valleys stand so thick with corn
that / they shall / laugh and / sing.

2 Timothy 4. 6-8, 16-18
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 18. 9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

or Related

Sirach 35. 12-17 or Jeremiah 14. 7-10, 19-22
Sirach 35. 12-17
Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. For the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold.
Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice; for the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no partiality. He will not show partiality to the poor; but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan, or the widow when she pours out her complaint.

Jeremiah 14. 7-10, 19-22
Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you. O hope of Israel, its saviour in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveller turning aside for the night? Why should you be like someone confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot give help? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!
Thus says the LORD concerning this people: Truly they have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them, now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.
Have you completely rejected Judah? Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, the iniquity of our ancestors, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonour your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Can any idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not you, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for it is you who do all this.

Psalm 84. 1-7
Biblical text
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

Pointed Psalm
How lovely is your dwelling place, O / Lord of / hosts! :
My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh re/joice in the / living / God.
The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may / lay her / young :
at your altars, O Lord of / hosts, my / King and my / God.
Blessed are they who / dwell in your / house :
they will / always be / praising / you.
Blessed are those whose / strength is in / you :
in whose heart / are the / highways to / Zion,
Who going through the barren valley find / there a / spring :
and the early / rains will / clothe it with / blessing.
They will go from / strength to / strength :
and ap/pear before / God in / Zion.

2 Timothy 4. 6-8, 16-18
Luke 18. 9-14




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