Scripture Readings for August 25, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29  •  Luke 13:10-17

Jeremiah 1:4-10
1:4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I
consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

1:6 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a
boy."

1:7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to
all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you,

1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."

1:9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said
to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.

1:10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and
to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."

Psalm 71:1-6
71:1 In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

71:2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me
and save me.

71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock
and my fortress.

71:4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the
unjust and cruel.

71:5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

71:6 Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my
mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.

Hebrews 12:18-29
12:18 You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and
darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,

12:19 and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg
that not another word be spoken to them.

12:20 (For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even an animal
touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death."

12:21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear.")

12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

12:23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God
the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that
speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

12:25 See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not
escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less
will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven!

12:26 At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once
more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven."

12:27 This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken
--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with
reverence and awe;

12:29 for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Luke 13:10-17
13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

13:11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for
eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.

13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free
from your ailment."

13:13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began
praising God.

13:14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the
sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be
done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day."

13:15 But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on
the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it
water?

13:16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for
eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?"

13:17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd
was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.