The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to October 5
2 Timothy 1:(1-5)6-14
Psalm 37:1-18 or 37:3-10
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
- O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
- and you will not listen?
- Or cry to you "Violence!"
- and you will not save?
- Why do you make me see wrong-doing
- and look at trouble?
- Destruction and violence are before me;
- strife and contention arise.
- So the law becomes slack
- and justice never prevails.
- The wicked surround the righteous--
- therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
- Look at the nations, and see!
- Be astonished! Be astounded!
- For a work is being done in your days
- that you would not believe if you were told.
- For I am rousing the Chaldeans,
- that fierce and impetuous nation,
- who march through the breadth of the earth
- to seize dwellings not their own.
- [Dread and fearsome are they;
- their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.
- Their horses are swifter than leopards,
- more menacing than wolves at dusk;
- their horses charge.
- Their horsemen come from far away;
- they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
- They all come for violence,
- with faces pressing forward;
- they gather captives like sand.
- At kings they scoff,
- and of rulers they make sport.
- They laugh at every fortress,
- and heap up earth to take it.
- Then they sweep by like the wind;
- they transgress and become guilty;
- their own might is their god!]
- Are you not from of old,
- O LORD my God, my Holy One?
- You shall not die.
- O LORD, you have marked them for judgment;
- and you, O Rock, have established them for punishment.
- Your eyes are too pure to behold evil,
- and you cannot look on wrongdoing;
- why do you look on the treacherous,
- and are silent when the wicked swallow
- those more righteous than they?
- I will stand at my watchpost,
- and station myself on the rampart;
- I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
- and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
- Then the LORD answered me and said:
- Write the vision;
- make it plain on tablets,
- so that a runner may read it.
- For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
- it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
- If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
- it will surely come, it will not delay.
- Look at the proud!
- Their spirit is not right in them,
- but the righteous live by their faith
Psalm 37:1-18 or 37:3-10 Page 633, BCP
- Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
- For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
- Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
- Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
- Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
- He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
- Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
- Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
- Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
- For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
- In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
- But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
- The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
- The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
- The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
- Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
- The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
- For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
2 Timothy 1:(1-5)6-14
[Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to God-- whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did-- when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.] For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
"Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, `Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, `We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
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