Bible readings for September 6
September 6 bulletin for both broadcast and in-person services
a just god for an unjust world
The Collect for the day:
The LESSON: isaiah 30: 15-19
15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling, 16 and you said,
“No! We will flee upon horses”;
therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
17 A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
at the threat of five you shall flee,
till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
like a signal on a hill.
The Lord Will Be Gracious
18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
19 For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.
The Psalm: 89: 8-18
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like you? *
Your faithfulness, most mighty Lord, is round about you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea; *
you still the waves when they arise.
10 You have subdued Rahab of the deep, and destroyed her; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundation of the world, and all that is in it.
12 You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in your Name.
13 You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand, and high is your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; *
mercy and truth shall go before your face.
15 Blessed are the people, O Lord, who rejoice in you; *
they shall walk in the light of your countenance.
16 Their delight shall be in your Name all the day long, *
and in your righteousness shall they make their boast.
17 For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor you shall lift up our might.
18 For the Lord is our defense; *
the Holy One of Israel is our King.
The Gospel: luke 17: 1-8
Temptations to Sin
And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Increase Our Faith
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?