you have created the heavens and the earth,
and ourselves in your image.
Teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark,
the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: Is the
Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her? ("Why have they
provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign
idols?") The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are
not saved." For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I
mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in
Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my
poor people not been restored? O that my head were a spring of
water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day
and night for the slain of my poor people!
Refrain Help us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your
God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have
profaned your holy temple; they have made Jerusalem a heap of
have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of
the air, and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the
have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, and
there was no one to bury them. R
have become a reproach to our neighbours, an object of scorn and
derision to those around us.
long will you be angry, O Lord? will your fury blaze like fire for
ever? Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your name. R
they have devoured Jacob and made his dwelling a ruin.
not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; for we
have been brought very low.
us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and
forgive us our sins, for your name's sake.
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings
and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone
to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there
is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all -
this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a
herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-7
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich
man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this
man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to
him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of
your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'
Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my
master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough
to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so
that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into
their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he
asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' He answered, 'A
hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit
down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, 'And how
much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He
said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master
commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for
the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own
generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make
friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when
it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. Whoever
is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever
is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then
you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will
entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful
with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the
one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of power,
the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe.
Accept our offering this day,
and help us to live in peace and harmony
with all your creation,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ruler of the universe,
all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son.
May we who have shared in holy things
grow into maturity in him.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.