Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 26]

Nahum 1:9-15 OR Ezekiel 20:32-49
Psalm 31: (105) 6-14 (15-16) 17-24 OR 40: (1-11) 12-17
Luke 23:26-32
Romans 15:1-3, 14-33


Love the LORD, all you his saints.
         The LORD preserves the faithful,
         but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
Let the lying lips be stilled that speak insolently
against the righteous with pride and contempt.
         O how abundant is your goodness, O LORD,
that you have laid up for those who fear you,
         and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
         in the sight of everyone!
Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.
For on my holy mountain, says the LORD God,
there I will accept them, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

O God our Father, who sent Jesus Christ into the world, not in order to please himself, but to graciously bear the insults that you and your saints have endured, to put up with the failings of the weak, to bless the barren, and to reveal your good purpose of building up those whom the enemy seeks to tear down: Come and refresh your weary people, refresh us with rest in your company, refresh us with the joy and the love of the Spirit. Rescue from unbelief and inspire us to earnest prayer, that our service to you may be acceptable in your sight and give none of your saints cause for stumbling. For by your grace we have come to share in the spiritual blessings, and we would glorify your name by uniting with your holy ones in the love of Christ and in the fullness of his blessing. Come, Lord Jesus, and refresh us in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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