BETWEEN 4 SEPTEMBER AND 10 SEPTEMBER
Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people,
that richly bearing the fruit of good works,
we may by you be richly rewarded;
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 EXODUS
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month
shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first
month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel
that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each
family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for
a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining
one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of
people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year
old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You
shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the
whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at
twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two
doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They
shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over
the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of
it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its
head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain
until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you
shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your
sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall
eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass
through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every
firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on
all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord.
The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live:
when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall
destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a
day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival
to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a
REFRAIN Sing to the Lord a new song.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praise in the congregation
of the faithful. R
Israel rejoice in his maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in
them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praise to him
with timbrel and harp.
the Lord takes pleasure in his people and adorns the poor with
the faithful rejoice in triumph; let them be joyful on their beds.
the praises of God be in their throat and a two-edged sword in
wreak vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples; R
bind their kings in chains and their nobles with links of iron;
inflict on them the judgement decreed; this is glory for all his
faithful people. Hallelujah! R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who
loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You
shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not
steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are
summed up in this word, "Love your neighbour as
yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love
is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it
is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For
salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the
night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the
works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live
honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in
debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for
the flesh, to gratify its desires.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "If another member of the church sins against
you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If
the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you
are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so
that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three
witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the
church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church,
let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I
tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and
whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly
I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask,
it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or
three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
OVER THE GIFTS
Great and holy God,
accept our offering of labour and love.
May we bring you true and spiritual worship
and be one with you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
your word and sacrament give us food and life.
May we who have shared in holy things
bear fruit to your honour and glory,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.