23 October                                                                            Bible Sunday 

Collect of the Day

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


First Reading

Isaiah 45.22-25

Thus says the LORD, 22Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other.
23By myself I have sworn,
from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.’ 

24Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength;
all who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed.  25In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall triumph and glory.


Psalm   Psalm 119.129-136

129 Your testimonies are 

wonderful; therefore my soul 

keeps them.  130 The

opening of your word gives 

light; it gives understanding to 

the simple.  131 I open my 

mouth and draw in my 

breath, as I long for your 

commandments.  132   Turn 

to me and be gracious to me, 

as is your way with those  

who love your name.  133 

Order my steps by your 

word, and let no wickedness 

have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from earthly 

oppressors so that I may 

keep your commandments.

135 Show the light of your 

countenance upon your 

servant and teach me your 

statutes.  136 My eyes run 

down with streams of water, 

because the wicked do not 

keep your law.


Second Reading

Romans 15.1-6

1We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us must please our neighbour for the good purpose of building up the neighbour. 3For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Gospel   Luke 4.16-24

16When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:        18‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’  20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ 23He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.”’ 24And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town.’


Post Communion Prayer

God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (Last after Trinity) ©  1985 Anglican Church of Canada: The Book of Alternative Services

Isaiah 45.22-25 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Luke 4.16-24 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Romans 15.1-6 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 119.129-136 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000.  Collect (Last after Trinity) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)