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    09.16.21 | Worship by Rob Courtney

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    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost readings


    Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    First Reading:

    Proverbs 31:10-31

    10 A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls. 11 Her husband entrusts his heart to her, and with her he will have all he needs. 12 She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life. 13 She seeks out wool and flax; she works joyfully with her hands. 14 She is like a fleet of merchant ships, bringing food from a distance. 15 She gets up while it is still night, providing food for her household, even some for her female servants. 16 She surveys a field and acquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard. 17 She works energetically; her arms are powerful. 18 She realizes that her trading is successful; she doesn't put out her lamp at night. 19 She puts her hands to the spindle; her palms grasp the whorl. 20 She reaches out to the needy; she stretches out her hands to the poor. 21 She doesn't fear for her household when it snows, because they are all dressed in warm clothes. 22 She makes bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple are her clothing. 23 Her husband is known in the city gates when he sits with the elders of the land. 24 She makes garments and sells them; she supplies sashes to traders. 25 Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future. 26 Her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue. she doesn't eat the food of laziness. 27 She is vigilant over the activities of her household; 28 Her children bless her; her husband praises her: 29 "Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!" 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates.

    Psalm 1 (Book of Common Prayer p. 585)

    1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
    nor lingered in the way of sinners,
    nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

    2 Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
    and they meditate on his law day and night.

    3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,
    bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
    everything they do shall prosper.

    4 It is not so with the wicked; *
    they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

    5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
    nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

    6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
    but the way of the wicked is doomed.


    Second Reading:

    James 3:13 - 4:3;7-8a

    13 Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. 14 However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. 16 Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. 17 What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. 18 Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts. 1 What is the source of conflict among you? What is the source of your disputes? Don't they come from your cravings that are at war in your own lives? 2 You long for something you don't have, so you commit murder. You are jealous for something you can't get, so you struggle and fight. You don't have because you don't ask. 3 You ask and don't have because you ask with evil intentions, to waste it on your own cravings. 7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you.


    Mark 9:30-37

    30 Jesus and his followers went through Galilee, but he didn't want anyone to know it. 31 This was because he was teaching his disciples, "The Human One will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. Three days after he is killed he will rise up." 32 But they didn't understand this kind of talk, and they were afraid to ask him. 33 They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about during the journey?34 They didn't respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all." 36 Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, 37 "Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn't actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me."

    Scripture readings (except the Psalm) are taken from the Common English Bible (CEB), Copyright © 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved.