Quote of the Week
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away
2nd Sunday of Elijah 6 September 2015
1st Reading/ Isaiah 30: 15-26
A reading from the book of Isaiah Barichmar
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, `No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, `We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
This is the Word of the Lord
2nd Reading /2 Thessalonians 2: 15-3: 1-18
A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians: “Barichmar”
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word. Finally, brothers, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you [both] are doing and will continue to do. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ? We instruct you, brothers, in the name of [our] Lord Jesus Christ, to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us. For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. But you, brothers, do not be remiss in doing good. If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame. 15Do not regard him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother. May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way? The Lord be with all of you. This greeting is in my own hand, Paul’s. This is the sign in every letter; this is how I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.
Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 13: 1-23
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
Response: Lord hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, We ask that your Holy Spirit over-flows this church and it’s congregation, it’s elders and it’s youth. We ask for pouring out of the gifts of the Spirit over this nation. Guiding us day and night so that we may always fall in the path that you’ve set for us on this earth. We pray to the Lord.
Lord Jesus, you said to your apostles “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you might say unto this tree be plucked up by the root and be planted in the sea, and it should obey you”, Jesus we ask you, by grace, to strengthen our faith, everyday, that we may do your will and glorify your name. We pray to the Lord
Father God, We ask that you bless all the fathers on this earth, especially the fathers to be… this Father’s day… We ask you to continue to bless them, shower them with your gifts, wrap them with your protection and plant in them courage and faith like st Joseph … We ask this in Christ our Lord…
Heavenly Father, We pray for those who suffer on a daily basis especially the sick, the hurting and dying, let your merciful and healing touch fall on them, resting their mind, soul and body.
We pray to the Lord.