Come To Grace, Delight In Giving 10/14/12

Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B

From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.

October 14, 2012

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Pr. 23, L 28)

FIRST READING: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

6Turn back to the LORD, you descendants of Joseph,
and you will live.
If you don’t, the LORD will attack like fire.
Bethel will burn to the ground, and no one can save it.
7You people are doomed! You twist the truth
and stomp on justice.

The LORD said:
10You people hate judges and honest witnesses;
11you abuse the poor and demand heavy taxes from them.
You have built expensive homes, but you won’t enjoy them;
you have planted vineyards, but you will get no wine.
12I am the LORD, and I know your terrible sins.
You cheat honest people and take bribes;
you rob the poor of justice.
13Times are so evil that anyone with good sense
will keep quiet.

14If you really want to live, you must stop doing wrong
and start doing right.
I, the LORD God All-Powerful, will then be on your side,
just as you claim I am.
15Choose good instead of evil! See that justice is done.
Maybe I, the LORD All-Powerful,
will be kind to what’s left of your people.

PSALMODY: Psalm 90:12-17

12Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.

13Help us, LORD! Don’t wait! Pity your servants.
14When morning comes,
let your love satisfy all our needs.
Then we can celebrate
and be glad for what time we have left.

15Make us happy for as long
as you caused us trouble and sorrow.
16Do wonderful things for us, your servants,
and show your mighty power to our children.
17Our LORD and our God, treat us with kindness
and let all go well for us.
Please let all go well!

Special Series: “Delight In Giving!”

2 Corinthians 8: 1-7

Generous Giving

8 My friends, we want you to know that the churches in Macedonia[a] have shown others how kind God is. Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to. They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God’s people. And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, just as God wanted them to do.

Titus was the one who got you started doing this good thing, so we begged him to have you finish what you had begun. You do everything better than anyone else. You have stronger faith. You speak better and know more. You are eager to give, and you love us better.[b] Now you must give more generously than anyone else.

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