Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 23)

Hymn of the Day

Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower (LSB 694)


Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

   [5] Seek the Lord and live,
       lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
       and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, 
   [7] O you who turn justice to wormwood
       and cast down righteousness to the earth!
   [10] They hate him who reproves in the gate,
       and they abhor him who speaks the truth. 
   [11] Therefore because you trample on the poor
       and you exact taxes of grain from him,
   you have built houses of hewn stone,
       but you shall not dwell in them;
   you have planted pleasant vineyards,
       but you shall not drink their wine. 
   [12] For I know how many are your transgressions
       and how great are your sins—
   you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
       and turn aside the needy in the gate. 
   [13] Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time,
       for it is an evil time. 
   [14] Seek good, and not evil,
       that you may live;
   and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
       as you have said. 
   [15] Hate evil, and love good,
       and establish justice in the gate;
   it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
       will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Psalm 90:12-17 (antiphon: v. 1)

   So teach us to number our days
       that we may get a heart of wisdom. 
   [13] Return, O Lord! How long?
       Have pity on your servants! 
   [14] Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
       that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
   [15] Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
       and for as many years as we have seen evil. 
   [16] Let your work be shown to your servants,
       and your glorious power to their children. 
   [17] Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
       and establish the work of our hands upon us;
       yes, establish the work of our hands!

Hebrews 3:12-19 

   Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. [13] But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. [14] For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. [15] As it is said,

   "Today, if you hear his voice,
       do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
[16] For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? [17] And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? [18] And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? [19] So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Mark 10:17-22 

   And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" [18] And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.' " [20] And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth." [21] And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." [22] Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.