9 October                                                      Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


First Reading

2 Kings 5.1-3,6-15c

Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.

Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

So the king of Aram sent a letter to the king of Israel: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 

As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”

When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Make the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’?” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.”


Psalm   Psalm 111

Refrain: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

1 Alleluia.  I will give thanks to the

Lord with my whole heart, in the 

company of the faithful and in the 

congregation.  2 The works of the 

Lord are great, sought out by all 

who delight in them.  3 His work is 

full of majesty and honour and his 

righteousness endures for ever.

4  He appointed a memorial for his 

marvellous deeds; the Lord is 

gracious and full of compassion. 

5 He gave food to those who feared 

him; he is ever mindful of his 

covenant.  6   He showed his people 

the power of his works in giving 

them the heritage of the nations.

7  The works of his hands are truth 

and justice; all his commandments 

are sure.  8  They stand fast for ever 

and ever; they are done in truth and 

equity.  9  He sent redemption to 

his people; he commanded his 

covenant for ever; holy and 

awesome is his name.  10  The fear 

of the Lord is the beginning of 

wisdom; a good understanding have  

those who live by it; his praise 

endures for ever.


Second Reading

2 Timothy 2.8-15

8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David – that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; 13if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.
14Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.


Gospel    Luke 17.11-19

11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ 14When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ 19Then he said to the Samaritan, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’ 


Post Communion Prayer

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

2 Kings 5.1-3,6-15c ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton

2 Timothy 2.8-15 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Luke 17.11-19 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Collect (17th after Trinity) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Psalm 111 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Post Communion (17th after Trinity) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)