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Sunday Bible Readings

  SUNDAY BIBLE READINGS

Bible Readings at all our main services are usually taken from the NIV (New International Version of the Holy Bible) and follow ‘The Lectionary 2018 - According to the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionary’ authorised for use in the Church of England (Year B) from Advent Sunday on 3rd December 2017.

On suitable occasions it may be considered more appropriate to follow ‘The Lectionary 2018 - According to The Book of Common Prayer and The Lectionary for Holy Communion and Schedule of Variations (BCP)’.

The full texts of the chosen readings are given below. Please note that, at some services at both Christ Church and St. Oswald’s, some readings may be omitted or replaced.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING - 14th October 2018

NEW TESTAMENT READING – Joel 2: 21-27

Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice.  Surely the Lord has done great things!
   Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.  The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.
   Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.  He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.  The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

   “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten - the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm - my great army that I sent among you.  You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.   Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

GOSPEL READING – St. Matthew 6: 25-33

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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