PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
NOVEMBER 17, 2019
Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity
OLD TESTAMENT: Micah
What Does the Lord Require?
what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Thanksgiving and Prayer
thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always
in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because
of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And
I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to
completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It
is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart,
for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in
my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God
is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And
it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all
discernment, 10 so
that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day
of Christ, 11 filled with
the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and
praise of God.
HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus
said to him, “I
do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts
with his servants. 24 When
he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And
since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife
and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So
the servant fell
on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you
everything.’ 27 And
out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the
debt. 28 But
when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed
him a hundred denarii, and
seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So
his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I
will pay you.’ 30 He
refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When
his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and
they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then
his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all
that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And
should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And
in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until
he should pay all his debt. 35 So
also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your
brother from your heart.”
Altar during Epiphany, 2019
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