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Readings & Bulletins for Sept. 18-19

Readings & Bulletins for Sept. 18-19

The collect for the day

O Lord, you have taught us that without love, all our deeds are worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you; grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lesson: 2 Peter 1: 3-9

Confirm Your Calling and Election

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

The psalm: Psalm 84: 10-13

10  For one day in your courts
is better than a thousand;

11 I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

12 For the Lord God is a light and defense;
the Lord will give grace and honor, and no good thing
shall he withhold from those who live a godly life.

13 O Lord God of hosts,
blessed is the one who puts his trust in you.

(BCP 2019)

The gospel: john 14: 12-14

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.