Weekly scripture

Sunday, November 3, 2019 All Saints Sunday

The Collect of the Day (kneeling)

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical Body of your Son: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in

all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have

prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you

and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The First Lesson: Ecclesiastscus 44:1-14

Let us now praise famous men and our fathers in their generations., The Lord appor-

tioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who

ruled in their kingdoms and were men renowned for their power, giving counsel by

their understanding and proclaiming prophecies; leaders of the people in their delib-

ertations and in understanding of the people’s learning, wise in their words of in-

struction; those who composed musical tunes and set forth verses in writing; rich

men furnished with resources, living peaceably in their dwelling places—all these

were honoured in their generations and were the glory of their times. There are some

of them who have left a name, so that their praises are declared. And there are some

who have no memorial, who have perished as though they had not lived; they have

become as though they had not been born, and so have their children after them. But

these were, nevertheless, men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgot-

ten; with their descendants it will remain, a goodly inheritance to their posterity.

Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake. Their

posterity will continue forever, and their glory will not be blotted out. Their bodies

were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations. Peoples will declare

their wisdom, and the congregation proclaims their praise.

Psalm 149 (standing) BCP 466

1 Praise the Lord. O sing unto the Lord a new song; * let the congregation of the

faithful praise him.

2 Let Israel rejoice in the one who made him, * and let the children of Zion be joyful

in their King.

3 Let them praise his Name in the dance; * let them sing praises unto him with tim-

brel and harp.

4 For the Lord has pleasure in his people * and gives victory to those who are op-

pressed.

5 Let the faithful be joyful with glory; * let them rejoice upon their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth * and a two-edged sword in their hands,

7 To inflict vengeance on the nations, * and to rebuke the peoples,

8 To bind their kings in chains, * and their nobles with links of iron,

9 That they may execute judgment upon them, as it is written; * this is the honor of all

his servants. Praise the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the begin-

ning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Second Lesson: Revelations 7:9-17...........................ESV..........p. 1032

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from eve-

ry nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and

before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and cry-

ing out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and

to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the el-

ders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and

worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving

and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of

the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from

where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These

are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes

and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Therefore they are before the throne

of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will

shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;

the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of

the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Gospel: Luke 6:20-26 ............................................ESV...........p. 862

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you

who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for

you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you

and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice

in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their

fathers did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received

your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe

to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. “Woe to you, when all people

speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.