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Sunday September 16, 2018

    

Lectionary texts

Proverbs 1:20-33

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 disaster."

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling
   the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims
   God's handiwork.

Day to day
   pours forth speech,
and night to night
   declares knowledge.

There is no speech,
   nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;

yet their voice goes out
   through all the earth,
and their words to the end
   of the world.

In the heavens God has set a tent
   for the sun,
which comes out like a beloved
   from a wedding canopy,
and like an athlete runs its course
   with joy.

Its rising is from the end
   of the heavens,
and its circuit
   to the end of them;
and nothing is hid
   from its heat.

The law of God is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of God are sure,
   making wise the simple;

the precepts of God are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of God is clear,
   enlightening the eyes;

the fear of God is pure,
   enduring forever;
the ordinances of God are true
   and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they
   than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them
   is your servant warned;
in keeping them
   there is great reward.

But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults.

Keep back your servant also
   from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion
   over me.

Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth
   and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
   O God, my rock and my redeemer.

or

Wisdom 7:26-8:1

For she is a reflection of eternal light,
   a spotless mirror of the working of God,
   and an image of his goodness.

Although she is but one, she can do all things,
   and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
   and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much
   as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
   and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
   for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
   and she orders all things well.

 

Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

 

Psalm 116:1-9

I love God,
   because God has heard my voice
and has heard my supplications.

Because God inclined an ear
   to me,
therefore I will call on God
   as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of God:
   "O God, I pray, save my life!"

Gracious is God,
   and righteous;
our God is merciful.

God protects the simple;
   when I was brought low,
God saved me.

Return, O my soul,
   to your rest,
for God has dealt bountifully
   with you.

For you have delivered my soul
   from death,
my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling.

I walk before God
   in the land of the living.

 

James 3:1-12

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.

 

Mark 8:27-38

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."