Proper 27
week of the Sunday closest to November 9

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

First Lesson: Job 19:23-27a
"Oh, that my words were recorded,
that they were written on a scroll,
that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead,
or engraved in rock forever!
I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes--I, and not another.

Second Lesson: 2 Thessalonians 2:13—3:5
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.

Psalm: 17:1-8(9-16)

  1. Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD;
    give heed to my cry; *
    listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  2. Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
    let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  3. Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
    melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  4. I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
    I have heeded the words of your lips.
  5. My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
    in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  6. I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
    incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  7. Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
    O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
    from those who rise up against them.
  8. Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
    hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  9. (From the wicked who assault me, *
    from my deadly enemies who surround me.
  10. They have closed their heart to pity, *
    and their mouth speaks proud things.
  11. They press me hard,
    now they surround me, *
    watching how they may cast me to the ground,
  12. Like a lion, greedy for its prey,
    and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
  13. Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
    deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
  14. Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
    from those whose portion in life is this world;
  15. Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
    who are well supplied with children
    and leave their wealth to their little ones.
  16. But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding
    your likeness.)

Gospel: Luke 20:27(28-33)34-38
Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. ("Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?")

Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."

Collect & Psalm from the Book of Common Prayer
Other excerpts from the New International Bible

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