November 10, 2019

FIRST LESSON                                            Deuteronomy 10:1-13, 17-21
Lector         A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.
Lector      Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People    Thanks be to God.

SECOND LESSON                                         Hebrews 11:8-16
Lector        A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old -- and Sarah herself was barren -- because he considered him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore." All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth,  for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
Lector       Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
People     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL                                                         John 15:12-17
Priest       The Holy Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Saint John.
People     Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.“
Priest       The Gospel of the Lord
People     Praise to you, Lord Christ.


For the holy church of God throughout the world, that the Lord may confirm it in faith, sustain it in hope, and deepen its communion in charity, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who wield earthly power, that they might use that power rightly for the protection and service of others, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those beset by persecution, and those weighed down any distress, that the example of the saints may give them courage and the help of believers give them hope, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those throughout the world intent on causing war, terror and violence against the innocent instead of pursuing peace, that they may see the light of God, hear the voice of love, and live in peace and harmony with their neighbors throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For this assembly gathered to celebrate Veterans Day, the anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, and the Eucharist in communion with the church in heaven and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those in our armed forces at home and abroad, that they may be defended day by day with God's heavenly grace; strengthened in their trials and temptations; given courage to face the perils which beset them; and granted a sense of God’s abiding presence, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all family members of those serving in the armed forces, especially the families of those who are deployed, that they may be given the wisdom and strength to know that God is walking with them as God walks with the ones they love, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For a future of freedom and peace: for courage, wisdom and strength of heart to live every day in hope for a peaceful world, grounded in the knowledge of God’s love and care for each of us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those departed this life in faith and in the fear of God, especially all armed services personnel who have fallen in battle, that they may join the innumerable throng of the holy ones gathered before God, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
    (Here the people may offer their own intercessions.)
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, adored by angels and praised by the saints, receive the prayers of your people, and grant them in accordance with your gracious will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.