The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to October 26
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Psalm 84 or 84:1-6
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- [The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
- Judah mourns
- and her gates languish;
- they lie in gloom on the ground,
- and the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
- Her nobles send their servants for water;
- they come to the cisterns,
- they find no water,
- they return with their vessels empty.
- They are ashamed and dismayed
- and cover their heads,
- because the ground is cracked.
- Because there has been no rain on the land
- the farmers are dismayed;
- they cover their heads.
- Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn
- because there is no grass.
- The wild asses stand on the bare heights,
- they pant for air like jackals;
- their eyes fail
- because there is no herbage.]
- 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 savior in time of trouble,
- why should you be like a stranger in the land,
- like a traveler 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 dishonor 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 or 84:1-6 Page 707, BCP
- How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
- The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
- Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.
- Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.
- Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
- They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.
- LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
hearken, O God of Jacob.
- Behold our defender, O God; *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.
- For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, *
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
- For the LORD God is both sun and shield; *
he will give grace and glory;
- No good thing will the LORD withhold *
from those who walk with integrity.
- O LORD of hosts, *
happy are they who put their trust in you!
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
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 me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
At my first defense 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 forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus 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."
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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