Sexagesima – 02/24/2019

Collect of the Day
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers,
and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing
without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we
may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 45:3-11, 21-28
And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers
could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
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So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And
he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5
And now do not be
distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before
you to preserve life. 6
For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there
are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7
And God sent
me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many
survivors. 8
So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to
Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9
Hurry and go
up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of
all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen,
and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your
flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 There I will provide for you, for there are
yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have,
do not come to poverty.’
21 The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command
of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each and all of them he
gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and
five changes of clothes. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the
good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision
for his father on the journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he
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said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”
25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.
26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him
all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that
Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said,
“It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalter Verses
(In said services, the psalm verses may be placed between the Epistle and the Gospel, with
the congregation standing in preparation for the Gospel. At services where there is a hymn
or canticle before the Gospel, the psalm might be said between the Old Testament and Epistle, the people seated.)
Psalm 37:(1-7)8-17
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Fret not yourself because of the ungodly, *
neither be envious of those who are evildoers.
2 For they shall soon be dried up like the grass, *
and be withered even as the green herb.
3 Put your trust in the LORD, and do good; *
dwell in the land, and surely you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way unto the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; *
do not grieve yourself over the one whose way prospers, over the one who carries
out evil counsels. )
8 Refrain from wrath, and let go of anger; *
fret not yourself, lest you be moved to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be rooted out, *
but those who wait patiently for the LORD, they shall inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone; *
you shall look for their place, and they shall not be there.
11 But the meek-spirited shall possess the land *
and shall be refreshed with an abundance of peace.
12 The ungodly plot against the just *
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and gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at them in scorn, *
for he sees that their day is coming.
14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword and have bent their bow *
to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay those who walk aright.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
16 The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the ungodly.
17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Epistle Reading
1 Corinthians 15:35-49
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they
come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And
what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of
some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed
its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another
for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and
earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly
is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised
is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it
is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a
natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam
became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the
spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from
the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so
also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who
are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear
the image of the man of heaven.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St. Luke
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Luke 6:27-38
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless
those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the
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Sources: The Collect of the Day is taken from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. The Psalm verses
are taken from the New Coverdale Psalter of the BCP 2019. Scripture quotations are taken from
The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a
publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold
your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away
your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you,
do so to them.
32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love
those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit
is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom
you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get
back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting
nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most
High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father
is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good
measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For
with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

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