October 13, 2019- Morning Prayer (The eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Psalm 113 (standing, said)
1 Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the LORD;* praise the Name of the
2 Let the Name of the LORD be blessed,* from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down* let the Name of the LORD be
4 The LORD is high above all nations,* and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,* but stoops to be-
hold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust* and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes,* with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house* to be a joyful mother of children.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the be-
ginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The First Lesson: Ruth 1:1-19a ....................................................p. 222
In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man
of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and
his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi,
and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from
Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But
Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These
took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other
Ruth.They lived there about ten years; and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the
woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband. Then she started with her daugh-
ters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of
Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. So she set out from
the place where she was, with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to
return to the land of Judah. When Naomi's sons died, and she decided to return to her
native Bethlehem, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to
her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the
dead and with me. The LORD grant that you may find a home, each of you in the
house of her husband!" Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and
wept. And they said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people." But Naomi
said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my
womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way,
for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a
husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were
grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is ex-
ceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone forth against
me." Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-
law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her
people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law." But Ruth said, "Entreat me not
to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where
you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where
you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more al-
so if even death parts me from you." And when Naomi saw that she was determined
to go with her, she said no more. So the two of them went on until they came to Beth-
The Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 2:1-15..............................................p. 995
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you
have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who
will also be qualified to teach others. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Je-
sus. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy
the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to
the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. Re-
member Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my
gospel, the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the
word of God is not fettered. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect,
that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. The saying is
sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall al-
so reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains
faithful — for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of this, and charge them before
the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hear-
ers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no
need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
The Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 .........................................................p. 876
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.
And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and
lifted up their voices and said, "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 cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned
back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving
him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed?
Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this
foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you
The Collect of the Day (kneeling)
O God, our refuge and strength, true source of all godliness: Graciously hear the
devout prayers of your Church, and grant that those things which we ask faithfully,
we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.