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Friday September 30 - Morning

St Jerome

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp84-87 or pp128-130

The readings are those set for the Feast of St Jerome.

Psalm 119:105-112,129-136
Nehemiah 8:1-3,9-12
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Luke 24:44-48

Psalm 119:105-112,129-136

105Your word is a lamp for my feet,
 a light on my path.
106I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
 that I will follow your righteous laws.
107I have suffered much;
 preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
 and teach me your laws.
109Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
 I will not forget your law.
110The wicked have set a snare for me,
 but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111Your statutes are my heritage forever;
 they are the joy of my heart.
112My heart is set on keeping your decrees
 to the very end.

129 Your statutes are wonderful;
 therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
 it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
 longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
 as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
 let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
 that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
 and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
 for your law is not obeyed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Nehemiah 8:1-3,9-12

1 All the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.

2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. 3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Luke 24:44-48

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.


Everliving God,
we give you thanks for your servant Jerome,
who with zealous care
translated the Scriptures;
and we pray that through your Spirit
the words we read may show us Christ the living word
and shape our discipleship in his name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Friday September 30 - Evening

St Jerome

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp87-89 or pp130-132

The readings are those set for Evening Prayer for 30 September.

Psalm 35
Zechariah 14:1-11
Mark 12:13-17

Psalm 35

1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
 fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield and armor;
 arise and come to my aid.
3 Brandish spear and javelin
 against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
 “I am your salvation.”

4 May those who seek my life
 be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
 be turned back in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff before the wind,
 with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
 with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
 and without cause dug a pit for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—
 may the net they hid entangle them,
 may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
 and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,
 “Who is like you, Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
 the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
 they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
 and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
 and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning
 as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
 as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
 assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
 They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
 they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
 Rescue me from their ravages,
 my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
 among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
 who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
 maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
 but devise false accusations
 against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
 With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
 Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
 Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
 do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
 or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 May all who gloat over my distress
 be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
 be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
 shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
 who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Zechariah 14:1-11

1 A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.

2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

6 On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. 7 It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.

8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.

9 The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.

10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up high from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses, and will remain in its place. 11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.

Mark 12:13-17

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him.


Everliving God,
we give you thanks for your servant Jerome,
who with zealous care
translated the Scriptures;
and we pray that through your Spirit
the words we read may show us Christ the living word
and shape our discipleship in his name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Sunday October 2

Feast of St Francis

8:00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00am Pet Blessing Service
10:00am Zoom Service

Queen Elizabeth

Everlasting God, we thank you for the life and service of Queen Elizabeth.
As we with give you thanks for the past,
we also look to you for the future,
praying for the work and witness of Charles, our new King.
May your truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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