September 22, 2019
Readings

FIRST LESSON                                                                  I Peter 2:1-9
Lector         A reading from the First Letter of Saint Peter.
 
Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall. "They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
 
Lector    The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL                                                                             Matthew 21:10-14
 
Celebrant    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Saint Matthew.
People        Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were Saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee." Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, "It is written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you are making it a den of robbers." The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them.
 
Celebrant    The Gospel of the Lord.
People        Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 

A LITANY OF THANKSGIVING FOR A CHURCH
 
Let us thank God whom we worship here in the beauty of holiness.
 
Eternal God, the heaven of heavens cannot contain you, much less the walls of temples made with hands. Graciously receive our thanks for this place, and accept the work of our hands, offered to your honor and glory.
 
For the Church universal, of which these visible buildings are the symbol,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For your presence whenever two or three have gathered together in your Name,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For this place where we may be still and know that you are God,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For making us your children by adoption and grace, and refreshing us day by day with the bread of life.
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the knowledge of your will and the grace to perform it,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the fulfilling of our desires and petitions as you see best for us,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the pardon of our sins, which restores us to the company of your faithful people,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the blessing of our vows and the crowning of our years with your goodness,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the faith of those who have gone before us and for our encouragement by their perseverance,
We thank you, Lord.
 
For the fellowship of Saint Clement and all your Saints,
We thank you, Lord.
 
After a brief silence, the Celebrant concludes with the following Doxology
                        Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty;
People         For everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
Celebrant    Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;
People         And you are exalted as head over all. Amen.