BETWEEN 25 SEPTEMBER AND 1 OCTOBER, PROPER 26
Grant, O merciful God,
that your Church,
being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one,
may show forth your power among all peoples,
to the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS
From the wilderness of Sin
the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as
the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no
water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses,
and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses said to them,
"Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?"
But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained
against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt,
to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?" So
Moses cried out to the Lord, "What shall I do with this
people? They are almost ready to stone me." The Lord said to
Moses, "Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the
elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which
you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of
you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out
of it, so that the people may drink." Moses did so, in the
sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and
Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord,
saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"
REFRAIN The Lord split the
rocks and gave them drink.
my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my
will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of
ancient times. R
which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told
us, we will not hide from their children.
will recount to generations to come the praise-worthy deeds and
the power of the Lord, and the wonderful works he has done. R
worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, in the land of
Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
split open the sea and let them pass through; he made the waters
stand up like walls. R
led them with a cloud by day, and all the night through with a
glow of fire.
split the hard rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as from
the great deep.
brought streams out of the cliff, and the waters gushed out like
PSALM 78:1-4, 12-16
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS
If then there is any
encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in
the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be
of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and
of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in
humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you
look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though
he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as
something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of
a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human
form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death
- even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and
gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of
Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the
earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you
have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now
in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both
to will and to work for his good pleasure.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
When Jesus entered the
temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him
as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you
doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus
said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell
me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do
these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it
of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If
we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not
believe him?' But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of
the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they
answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them,
"Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these
things. What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the
first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He
answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went.
The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered,
'I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of
his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to
them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the
prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For
John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not
believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed
him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and
OVER THE GIFTS
in Jesus Christ we behold your glory.
Receive the offering of your people gathered before you,
and open our hearts and mouths
to praise your great salvation,
the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father in heaven,
strengthen the unity of your Church,
so that we who have been fed with holy things
may fulfil your will in the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.