Katharina Zell, Church Reformer and Writer, 1562

Thursday, September 05, 2019Saturday, September 05, 2020Monday, September 05, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, we thank thee for those women and men in our midst who, like Katharina Zell, work to build up thy kingdom not only in word but in deed—not only the work of the mind but also the work of the heart—not only with pens but with their presence. Fill us, as she was, with the wisdom to speak out in defense of thy truth. Fill us, as she was, with love for thee and for our neighbor, that we may serve thee and welcome all thy people with a mother’s heart. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, we thank you for those women and men in our midst who, like Katharina Zell, work to build up your kingdom not only with words but with deeds—not only the work of the mind but also the work of the heart—not only with pens but with their presence. Fill us, like her, with the wisdom to speak out in defense of your truth. Fill us, like her, with love for you and for our neighbor, that we may serve you and welcome all your people with a mother’s heart. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Micah 6:6–8

6     ‘With what shall I come before the Lord,
           and bow myself before God on high?
       Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
           with calves a year old?
7     Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
           with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
       Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
           the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’
8     He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
           and what does the Lord require of you
       but to do justice, and to love kindness,
           and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm: 
Psalm 43

1 Give judgment for me, O God,
   and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *
       deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2 For you are the God of my strength;
   why have you put me from you? *
       and why do I go so heavily while the enemy
                                 oppresses me?
3 Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *
       and bring me to your holy hill
       and to your dwelling;
4 That I may go to the altar of God,
   to the God of my joy and gladness; *
       and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
5 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
       and why are you so disquieted within me?
6 Put your trust in God; *
       for I will yet give thanks to him,
       who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Gospel: 
Luke 4:14–21

14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he 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, 17 and 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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

20 And 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. 21 Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.