Readings for September 27, 2020, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32     Psalm 25:1-14 (15-21)   Philippians 2:2-13 Matthew 21:28-32


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY            Page 620 BCP

O merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON                       Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

18 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge’? 3 As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”


PSALM 25:1-14 (15-21)                    Page 297-298 BCP

1 Unto you, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God, I have put my trust in you; * O let me not be ashamed, neither let my enemies triumph over me.

2 For all those who hope in you shall not be ashamed, * but those who deal untruly shall be put to confusion.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, * and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me forth in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation; in you has been my hope all the day long.

5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, your tender mercies, * and your loving-kindnesses, which have been from of old.

6 O remember not the sins and offenses of my youth, * but according to your mercy think on me, O Lord, in your goodness.

7 Gracious and righteous is the Lord; * therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

8 Those who are meek shall he guide in judgment, * and those who are gentle shall he teach his way.

9 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth * to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

10 For your Name’s sake, O Lord, * forgive my sin, for it is great.

11 Who is the one who fears the Lord? * He shall teach him in the way that he shall choose.

12 He shall dwell at ease, * and his seed shall inherit the land.

13 The Lord reveals his secret counsel to those who fear him, * and he will show them his covenant.


THE SECOND LESSON      Philippians 2:2-13

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

THE HOLY GOSPEL            Matthew 21:28-32

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Special Readings for Saint Francis Day on Sunday, October 4, 2020

Genesis 1:20-28                 Psalm 148                 Romans 8:18-23           Matthew 6:25-33 


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY                                                    

O God, your blessed Son became poor for our sake, and chose the Cross over the kingdoms of this world: Deliver us from an inordinate love of worldly things, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant St. Francis of Assisi, may seek you with singleness of heart, behold your glory by faith, and attain to the riches of your everlasting kingdom, where we shall be united with our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON                          Genesis 1:20-28

20 Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” 21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”



PSALM 148                                         Page 465-466 BCP

1 Praise the Lord. O praise the Lord of heaven; * praise him in the heights.

2 Praise him, all you angels of his; * praise him, all his host.

3 Praise him, sun and moon; * praise him, all you stars of light.

4 Praise him, all you highest heavens, * and you waters that are above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, * for he spoke the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.

6 He has made them stand fast for ever and ever; * he has given them a law which shall not be broken.

7 Praise the Lord upon earth, * you sea monsters and all deeps;

8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;

9 Mountains and all hills, * fruitful trees and all cedars;

10 Beasts and all cattle, * creeping things and birds of the air;

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, * princes and all rulers of the world;

12 Young men and maidens, * old men and children together.

13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.

14 He shall exalt the horn of his people; all his faithful shall praise him, * the children of Israel, the people who are near him. Praise the Lord.


THE SECOND LESSON                         Romans 8:18-23

    18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                              Matthew 6:25-33         

    25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.