SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 P15
THE FIRST LESSON: JEREMIAH 15:15-21
THE WORD OF THE LORD
15 O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach. 16Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. 17 I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? 19 Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. 20And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord. 21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
HERE ENDS THE READING OF THE FIRST LESSON
PSALMODY PSALM 26
P Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. C Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
P For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. C I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
P I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. C I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord,
P proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. C O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.
P Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, C in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.
P But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. C My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
THE SECOND LESSON: ROMANS 12:1-8
THE WORD OF THE LORD
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
HERE ENDS THE READING OF THE SECOND LESSON
THE GOSPEL: MATTHEW 16:21-26
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
HERE ENDS THE GOSPEL READING TODAY