Bible Readings (p.680)
26th September 2021
Proper 17—Trinity 21
First Reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 Esther holds a feast for King Ahasuerus and Haman. Esther asks for her life and the life of her people to be spared. Haman is hung on gallows he built for Mordecai. The Jews declare an annual holiday of remembrance.
Second Reading: James 5:13-20 James gives instruction regarding prayer for the sick. The prayers of the righteous are powerful. If anyone brings back a wandering soul, that returning one will be saved from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Third Reading: Mark 9:38-50 Jesus teaches “Whoever is not against us is for us.” Jesus warns against putting a stumbling block before little ones who believe in Him. The disciples are taught to cut off members of the body that enable sin. “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Next Sunday’s Readings (p. 685)
Proper 22—18th Sunday after Trinity
- Job 1:1, 2:1-10
- Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
- Mark 10:2-16