TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST FIRST READING

       Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire; it will devour, and Bethel will have no one to quench it. You who turn justice into bitternesss and cast righteousness to the ground

      you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth. You trample on the poor and force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil. Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.

Amos 5:5-6, 10-15

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST GOSPEL READING

      Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

      “What did Moses command you?” he replied.

      They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

     “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together , let man not separate.”

      When they were in the house again the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

      People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

 

Mark 10:2-16

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SECOND READING

      In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

      It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:

      “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”

      In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus , who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was gitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,

     “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

 

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST PSALM READING

     O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

     You have set your glory above the heavens.

     From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

      When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

      what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

      You made him a little lower than heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

      You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:

      all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,

      the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

      O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

Psalm 8

TWENTIETH WEEK AFTER PENTECOST FIRST READING

      The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

      Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.

      But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said,

      “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Genesis 2:18-24

TRUNK OR TREAT

      

TRUNK OR TREAT

OCTOBER 31ST

6PM-7:30PM

You are invited to take part in a free event being held in the east parking lot of the church.  Children will move from car trunk to car trunk to trick or treat!  The atmosphere may be spooky, but it is not meant to be frightening.  Enjoyable, SAFE, trick or treat experience for children!

NIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST GOSPEL READING

      “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

      “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly  not lose his reward.

      “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where

     “‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’

     Everyone will be salted with fire.

     “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Mark 9:38-50

NIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST PSALM READING

      The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

       The precepts of the Lord are right giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

      The fear of the Lord is pure enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.

      They are more precious than gold, and much pure gold; theey are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

      By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

     Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

      Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

      May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:7-14