GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Alleluia.

GOSPEL READING
MATTHEW 6:25-33

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you
     will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and
     the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor
     reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
     of more value than they? And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to
     your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the
     field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all
     his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the
     field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much
     more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What will we
     eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the gentiles who
     seek all these things, and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all
     these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all
     these things will be given to you as well.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2022

CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY

LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day.
     By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your
     benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


FIRST READING

JOEL 2:21-27
Do not fear, O soil;
       be glad and rejoice,
       for the LORD has done great things!
     Do not fear, you animals of the field,
       for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
       the tree bears its fruit;
       the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
     O children of Zion, be glad,
       and rejoice in the LORD your God,
       for he has given the early rain[a] for your vindication;
       he has poured down for you abundant rain,
       the early and the later rain, as before.
     The threshing floors shall be full of grain;
       the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
      I will repay you for the years
       that the swarming locust has eaten,
       the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
       my great army that I sent against you.
     You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied
       and praise the name of the LORD your God,
       who has dealt wondrously with you.
     And my people shall never again be put to shame.
     You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel
       and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other.
     And my people shall never again be put to shame.​


PSALM
PSALM 126

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
     we were like those who dream.
(Response) Then our mouth was filled with laughter
     and our tongue with shouts of joy;
     then it was said among the nations,
     “The LORD has done great things for them.”

The LORD has done great things for us,
     and we rejoiced.
(Response) Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
     like the watercourses in the Negeb.

May those who sow in tears
     reap with shouts of joy.
(Response) Those who go out weeping,
     bearing the seed for sowing,
     shall come home with shouts of joy,
     carrying their sheaves.


SECOND READING

1ST TIMOTHY 2:1-7
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
     thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions,
     so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is
     right and acceptable before God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved
     and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one
     mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave
     himself a ransom for all — this was attested at the right time. For this I was
     appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying),

a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth.

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