BETWEEN 11 SEPTEMBER AND 17 SEPTEMBER
you call your Church to witness
that in Christ we are reconciled to you.
Help us so to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may turn to you;
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 PROVERBS
Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her
voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the
city gates she speaks: "How long, O simple ones, will you
love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their
scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof; I will
pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand
and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and
would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a
storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and
anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not
answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the
Lord, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with
their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the
complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me
will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his
day tells its tale to another, and one night imparts knowledge to
they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard,
sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends
of the world.
the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; it comes forth like a
bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run
goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about
to the end of it again; nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of
the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; the
commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; the judgements of
the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
them also is your servant enlightened, and in keeping them there
is great reward.
can tell how often he offends? cleanse me from my secret faults.
all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get
dominion over me; then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of
a great offense.
the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable
in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
READING FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES
Not many of you should
become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who
teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make
many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is
perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we
put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide
their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large
that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a
very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also
the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How
great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a
fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of
iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of
nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of
beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has
been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue a
restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord
and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the
likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My
brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour
forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a
fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine
figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
Jesus went on with his
disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he
asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And
they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and
still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But
who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are
the Messiah." And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone
about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must
undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief
priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise
again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and
began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he
rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are
setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If
any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take
up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their
life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and
for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit
them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what
can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of
me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of
them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the
glory of his Father with the holy angels."
OVER THE GIFTS
accept all we offer you this day.
May we who are reconciled at this table
bring wholeness to our broken world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of peace,
in this eucharist we have been reconciled
to you and to our neighbours.
May we who have been nourished by holy things
always have the courage to forgive.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.