Sunday 16th September 2018

Proper 19

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O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Old Testament

Proverbs 1:20-33

   20Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

   21She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

   22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

   23Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

   24Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

   25But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

   26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

   27When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

   28Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

   29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

   30They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

   31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

   32For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

   33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.



James 3:1-12

   1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

   2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

   3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

   4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

   5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

   6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

   7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

   8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

   9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

   10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

   11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

   12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.



Psalm 19

   1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

   2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

   3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

   4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

   5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

   6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

   7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

   8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

   9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

   10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

   11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

   12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

   13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

   14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.



Mark 8:27-38

   27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

   28And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

   29And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

   30And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

   31And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

   32And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

   33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

   34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

   35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

   36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

   37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

   38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.



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