November 12, 2017
Reading: Amos 5:18-24
the days of Amos people thought that the day of the Lord would be a
time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of
darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience.
The Lord demands justice and righteousness in the community.
for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
not the day of the Lord
darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Reading (alternate): Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16
is part of the structure of the universe and is easily accessible to
those who want to find her. Wisdom actually seeks people out. People
who are wise are free from care.
is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from
she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.
First Reading: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
this farewell speech, Joshua exhorts the people to serve only the
Lord. Joshua erected a stone monument to serve as a witness to the
solemn promise the people had made to serve the Lord.
1Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem,
and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of
Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2And
Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord,
the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons
Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other
I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through
all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many.
therefore revere the Lord,
and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods
that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve
the Lord. 15Now
if you are unwilling to serve the Lord,
choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors
served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in
whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will
serve the Lord.”
the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the
Lord to serve other
it is the Lord our God
who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of
the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He
protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the
peoples through whom we passed; 18and
the Lord drove out
before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land.
Therefore we also will serve the Lord,
for he is our God.”
Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not
forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20If
you forsake the Lord
and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and
consume you, after having done you good.” 21And
the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!”
Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves
that you have chosen the Lord,
to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23He
said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and
incline your hearts to the Lord,
the God of Israel.” 24The
people said to Joshua, “The Lord
our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” 25So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day,
and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord,
do not tarry. (Ps. 70:5)
pleased, O God, to de- |
haste to help me.
those who seek my life be put to shame |
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back
be disgraced. R
those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat |
turn back because |
of their shame.
all who seek you rejoice and be |
glad in you;
let those who love your salvation say forever,
is the Lord!”
as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quick- |
ly, O God.
You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord,
do not tarry. R
(alternate): Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction. (Ws. 6:17)
beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire |
and concern for instruction is |
love of wisdom,
love of wisdom is the keeping |
of wise laws,
and giving heed to wise laws is assurance of |
immortality brings one |
near to God;
Psalm: Psalm 78:1-7
will recount to generations to come the power of the Lord. (Ps. 78:4)
my teaching, |
O my people;
incline your ears to the words |
of my mouth.
will open my mouth |
in a parable;
I will declare the mysteries of |
which we have heard and known, and what our fore- |
bears have told us,
we will not hide |
from their children.
will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the
of the Lord,
and the wonderful works |
God has done. R
Lord gave a decree in
Jacob and established a |
law in Israel,
commanding our ancestors to teach it |
to their children;
the generations to come might know, and the children |
that they in their turn might tell it |
to their children;
that they might put their |
trust in God,
and not forget the deeds of God, but keep |
God’s commandments. R
the desire for wisdom leads |
to a kingdom. R
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be
excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes
again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all
Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life
13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and
sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as
others do who have no hope. 14For
since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through
Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For
this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are
alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means
precede those who have died. 16For
the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call
and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and
the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then
we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds
together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be
with the Lord forever. 18Therefore
encourage one another with these words.
tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need
for readiness at all times.
said to the disciples:] 1“Then
the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their
lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When
the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but
the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became
drowsy and slept. 6But
at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come
out to meet him.’ 7Then
all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The
foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps
are going out.’ 9But
the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for
us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were
ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to
he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day
nor the hour.”
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