Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Occasion: 
Proper 15
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Year (cycle): 
B
The Collect: 

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 [Alternate: Proverbs 9:1-6]

10 Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. 11The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned for seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. 4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt-offerings on that altar. 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ 6And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.’

Alternate:

1 Wisdom has built her house,
   she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
   she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
   from the highest places in the town,
4 ‘You that are simple, turn in here!’
   To those without sense she says,
5 ‘Come, eat of my bread
   and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Lay aside immaturity,* and live,
   and walk in the way of insight.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 111 [Alternate: Psalm 34:9-14]

1 Hallelujah!
   I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *
       in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *
       they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
       and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
       the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
       he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
       in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
       all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
       because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
   he commanded his covenant for ever; *
       holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
       those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
       his praise endures for ever.

Alternate:

9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * 
       for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * 
       but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
11 Come, children, and listen to me; * 
       I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who among you loves life * 
       and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking * 
       and your lips from lying words.
14 Turn from evil and do good; * 
       seek peace and pursue it.

Epistle: 
Ephesians 5:15-20

15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel: 
John 6:51-58

51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ 53So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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