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Getting Ready for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

Christ Jesus . . . abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:10, ESV)

"From Adam to Moses death reigned"; but the presence of the Word abolished death. No longer in Adam are we all dying. In Christ we are all reviving. -St. Athanasius

The Collect of the Week

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in continual godliness, that through your protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 37:1-17

1 Fret not yourself because of the ungodly, *

neither be envious of those who are evildoers.

2 For they shall soon be dried up like the grass, *

and be withered even as the green herb.

3 Put your trust in the Lord, and do good; *

dwell in the land, and surely you shall be fed.

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, *

and he shall give you your heart’s desire.

5 Commit your way unto the Lord and put your trust in him, *

and he shall bring it to pass.

6 He shall make your righteousness as clear as the light *

and your just dealing as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; *

do not grieve yourself over the one whose way prospers,

over the one who carries out evil counsels.

8 Refrain from wrath, and let go of anger; *

fret not yourself, lest you be moved to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be rooted out, *

but those who wait patiently for the Lord,

they shall inherit the land.

10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone; *

you shall look for their place, and they shall not be there.

11 But the meek-spirited shall possess the land *

and shall be refreshed with an abundance of peace.

12 The ungodly plot against the just *

and gnash at them with their teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at them in scorn, *

for he sees that their day is coming.

14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword and have bent their bow *

to cast down the poor and needy,

and to slay those who walk aright.

15 Their sword shall go through their own heart, *

and their bow shall be broken.

16 The little that the righteous has *

is better than great riches of the ungodly.

17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, *

but the Lord upholds the righteous.



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