READINGS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
Our first reading is Psalm 1, verses 1 through 7. You will find it projected on the monitors. We will read the psalm together, alternating by whole verse.
1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, every deed is vile;
there is no one who does any good.
2The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all,
to see if there is anyone who is wise,
who seeks after God.
3They have all proved faithless; all alike have turned bad;
there is none who does good; no, not one.
4Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers
who eat up my people like bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
5See how they tremble with fear,
because God is in the company of the righteous.
6Your aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of the people,
Jacob will rejoice and Israel will be glad.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Our second reading is from the first pastoral epistle to Timothy, chapter 1, verses 12 through 17. You will find this on page 963 of the pew Bible.
12I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.