SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, PROPER 9
GENESIS 6:9-22; 7:24, 8:14-19
Lord God of the nations,
you have revealed your will to all people
and promised us your saving help.
May we hear and do what you command,
that the darkness may be overcome
by the power of your light;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man,
blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. And Noah had
three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in
God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw
that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways
upon the earth. And God said to Noah, "I have determined to
make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence
because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the
earth. Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the
ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are
to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width
fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. Make a roof for the
ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark
in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. For my
part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to
destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of
life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will
establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark,
you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. And of
every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every
kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male
and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the
animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the
ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to
you, to keep them alive. Also take with you every kind of food
that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you
and for them." Noah did this; he did all that God commanded
him. And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty
days. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month,
the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah, "Go out of the ark,
you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.
Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all
flesh - birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on
the earth - so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful
and multiply on the earth." So Noah went out with his sons
and his wife and his sons' wives. And every animal, every creeping
thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went
out of the ark by families.
GENESIS 6:9-22; 7:24, 8:14-19
REFRAIN The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the
mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
its waters rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble at its
Lord of hosts is with us; R
is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy
habitation of the Most High.
is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown; God shall
help her at the break of day.
nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; God has
spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
Lord of hosts is with us; R
now and look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he
has done on earth.
is he who makes war to cease in all the world; he breaks the bow,
and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.
still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations; I will be exalted in the earth."
Lord of hosts is with us. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for
salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to
the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through
faith for faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous
will live by faith." For there is no distinction, since all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now
justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement
by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his
righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed
over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present
time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one
who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of boasting? It is
excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of
faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from
works prescribed by the law.
ROMANS 1:16-17; 3:22B-28
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will
enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of
my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord,
did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your
name, and do many deeds of power in your name?' Then I will
declare to them, 'I never knew you; go away from me, you
evildoers.' Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts
on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The
rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that
house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on
them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The
rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat
against that house, and it fell - and great was its fall!"
Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were
astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having
authority, and not as their scribes.
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day.
Give us the wisdom of obedience
and help us to do your holy and life-giving will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you have fed us at the table of your grace.
Deliver us from all spiritual pride,
and give us a quiet confidence in your mercy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.