PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK

MONDAY

Psalm 94

TUESDAY​

1 Timothy 5:9-16

WEDNESDAY

Luke 4:16-30

THURSDAY

Psalm 16

FRIDAY

Daniel 4:19-27

SATURDAY

commemoration of Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, 1231

Mark 12:1-12

26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018

25th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Widows are visible everywhere in today's readings. Jesus denounces those scribes who pray impressive prayers

but devour widows' houses. He commends the poor widow who in his view gave far more than the major

donors. Jesus doesn't see her simply as an object of compassion or charity. She, like the widow of

Zarephath who shares her last bit of food with Elijah, does something of great importance.


PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the

fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share

in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

AMEN


FIRST READING

1 KINGS 17:8-16

This chapter begins the story of Elijah. God sends a drought on Israel because of the sins of King

Ahab. This passage depicts God's saving acts not only on behalf of Elijah, but also on behalf of

those who are associated with the prophet, even a foreigner, the widow of Zarephath.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.

PSALM
PSALM 146; REFRAIN, PS. 146:8

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.
PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


SECOND READING

HEBREWS 9:24-28
The letter to the Hebrews describes Christ as a high priest who offers himself as a

sacrifice for our sin. Christ does not die again and again each year. He died once,

is alive with God, and will reveal himself on the last day.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


GOSPEL

MARK 12:38-44

After engaging in a series of public arguments with religious leaders in the temple, Jesus contrasts

the proud and oppressive ways of those leaders with sacrificial huility and poverty of the widow.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.​​


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