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Sunday Readings


Holy Cross Day


Collect

Almighty God,
who in the passion of your blessed Son
made an instrument of painful death
to be for us the means of life and peace:
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


First Reading

Numbers 21.4-9

4The Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ 6Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.


Psalm 22.23-28

R My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.

23  Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *
O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.

24  For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
neither has he hidden his face from them; *
but when they cried to him he heard them. R

25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation; *
I will perform my vows
in the presence of those that fear you.

26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied; *
those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
their hearts shall live for ever. R

27  All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.

28  For the kingdom is the Lord’s *
and he rules over the nations. R


Second Reading

Philippians 2.6-11

 6Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
 did not regard equality with God
 as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
 taking the form of a slave,
 being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
 8he humbled himself
 and became obedient to the point of death –
 even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
 and gave him the name
 that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
 every knee should bend,
 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
 that Jesus Christ is Lord,
 to the glory of God the Father.


Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Alleluia.


Gospel

John 3.13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus: 13‘No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’


Post Communion

Faithful God,
whose Son bore our sins in his body on the tree
and gave us this sacrament to show forth his death until he comes:
give us grace to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for he is our salvation, our life and our hope,
who reigns as Lord, now and for ever.


Blessing

Christ crucified draw you to himself,
to find in him a sure ground for faith,
a firm support for hope,
and the assurance of sins forgiven;
and the blessing …



Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Some material included in this service is copyright: © Anglican Church of Canada

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2002


September 15th, 2019


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