|Friends of St. George Chapel Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:00|
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, â€œI must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.â€ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, â€œMoses, Moses!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am.â€ Then he said, â€œCome no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.â€ He said further, â€œI am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.â€ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, â€œI have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.â€
But Moses said to God, â€œWho am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?â€ He said, â€œI will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.â€ But Moses said to God, â€œIf I come to the Israelites and say to them, â€˜The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,â€™ and they ask me, â€˜What is his name?â€™ what shall I say to them?â€ God said to Moses, â€œI AM WHO I AM.â€ He said further, â€œThus you shall say to the Israelites, â€˜I AM has sent me to you.â€™â€œ God also said to Moses, â€œThus you shall say to the Israelites, â€˜The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to youâ€™:
This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
23 Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
he made them stronger than their enemies;
25 Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant, *
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, â€œVengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.â€ No, â€œif your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.â€ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
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