Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: teach us to offer ourselves to your service, that here we may have your peace, and in the world to come may see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Jeremiah 29. 1, 4-7
These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
2 Timothy 2. 8-15
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.
Psalm 66. 1-12
Be joyful in God / all the / earth :
sing the glory of his name;
sing the / glory / of his / praise.
Say to God, ‘How awesome / are your / deeds! :
Because of your great strength
your / enemies shall / bow be/fore you.
All the / earth shall / worship you :
sing to you, sing / praise / to your / name.’
Come now and behold the / works of / God :
how wonderful he is in his / dealings with / human/kind.
He turned the sea into dry land;
the river they passed / through on / foot :
there / we re/joiced in / him.
In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch / over the / nations :
let no / rebel rise / up a/gainst him.
Bless our God, / O you / peoples :
make the voice of his / praise / to be / heard,
Who holds our / souls in / life :
and suffers / not our / feet to / slip.
For you, O / God, have / proved us :
you have / tried us as / silver is / tried.
You brought us / into the / snare :
you laid heavy / burdens up/on our / backs.
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through / fire and / water :
but you brought us out / into a / place of / liberty.
Luke 17. 11-19
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’
Post Communion Prayer
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.