PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
September 23, 2018
The Seventeenth Sunday after
OLD TESTAMENT: Proverbs 25:6-14
not put yourself forward in the king's presence
stand in the place of the great,
it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes
not hastily bring into court,
what will you do in the end,
your neighbor puts you to shame?
your case with your neighbor himself,
do not reveal another's secret,
he who hears you bring shame upon you,
your ill repute have no end.
word fitly spoken
like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
a gold ring or an ornament of gold
a wise reprover to a listening ear.
the cold of snow in the time of harvest
a faithful messenger to those who send him;
refreshes the soul of his masters.
clouds and wind without rain
a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
The Reign of the Lord's Anointed
2 Why do the nations rage
the peoples plot in vain?
kings of the earth set themselves,
the rulers take counsel together,
and against his Anointed, saying,
us burst their bonds apart
cast away their cords from us.”
who sits in the heavens laughs;
Lord holds them in derision.
he will speak to them in his wrath,
terrify them in his fury, saying,
for me, I have set my King
Zion, my holy hill.”
will tell of the decree:
Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
I have begotten you.
of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
the ends of the earth your possession.
them with a rod of iron
dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
therefore, O kings, be wise;
warned, O rulers of the earth.
rejoice with trembling.
he be angry, and you perish in the way,
his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
EPISTLE: EPHESIANS 4:1-6
Unity in the Body of Christ
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been
all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs
to your call—
Lord, one faith, one baptism,
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
HOLY GOSPEL: LUKE 14:1-11
Healing of a Man on the Sabbath
1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at
the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully.
behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying,
“Is it lawful
to heal on the Sabbath, or not?”
they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away.
he said to them,
“Which of you, having a son
or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull
they could not reply to these things.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the
places of honor, saying to them,
you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of
honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him,
he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this
person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host
comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in
the presence of all who sit at table with you.
everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be
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