Readings for Proper 28 The Sunday closest to November 16
A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah (1:7, 12-18).
Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. “At that time,” says the Lord, “I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are thickening upon their lees, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter, the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. I will bring distress on men, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealous wrath, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full, yea, sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Psalm 90:1-8, 12. Domine, refugium.
1. Lord, thou hast been our refuge, *
from one generation to another.
2. Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever the earth and the world were made, *
thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
3. Thou turnest man to destruction; *
again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
4. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday
when it is past, *
and as a watch in the night.
5. As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as asleep; *
and fade away suddenly like the grass.
6. In the morning it is green, and groweth up; *
but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
7. For we consume away in thy displeasure, *
and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
8. Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee; *
and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
12. So teach us to number our days, *
that we may apply our hearts unto / wisdom.
A Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (5:1-10).
As to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.
The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
+ The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Matthew (25:14-15,19-29).
People Glory be to thee, O Lord.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise be to thee, O Christ.