Scripture Readings for September 8, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Jeremiah 18:1-11 • Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18  •
Philemon 1:1-21  •  Luke 14:25-33

Jeremiah 18:1-11
18:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

18:2 "Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words."

18:3 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel.

18:4 The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he
reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me:

18:6 Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says
the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand,
O house of Israel.

18:7 At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I
will pluck up and break down and destroy it,

18:8 but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil,
I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it.

18:9 And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom
that I will build and plant it,

18:10 but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change
my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.

18:11 Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem: Thus says the LORD: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you
and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and
amend your ways and your doings.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
139:1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

139:2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts
from far away.

139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all
my ways.

139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

139:5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

139:13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my
mother's womb.

139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are
your works; that I know very well.

139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

139:16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

139:17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of
them!

139:18 I try to count them -- they are more than the sand; I come to the end
-- I am still with you.

Philemon 1:1-21
1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our
dear friend and co-worker,

1:2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church
in your house:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4 When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God

1:5 because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the
Lord Jesus.

1:6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you
perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.

1:7 I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love,
because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.

1:8 For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to
do your duty,

1:9 yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love--and I, Paul, do this
as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus.

1:10 I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become
during my imprisonment.

1:11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to
you and to me.

1:12 I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.

1:13 I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in
your place during my imprisonment for the gospel;

1:14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your
good deed might be voluntary and not something forced.

1:15 Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while,
so that you might have him back forever,

1:16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother--
especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

1:17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

1:18 If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my
account.

1:19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing
about your owing me even your own self.

1:20 Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh
my heart in Christ.

1:21 Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will
do even more than I say.

Luke 14:25-33
14:25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said
to them,

14:26 "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself,
cannot be my disciple.

14:27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and
estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?

14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,
all who see it will begin to ridicule him,

14:30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'

14:31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit
down firstand consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the
one who comes against him with twenty thousand?

14:32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation
and asks for the terms of peace.

14:33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give
up all your possessions.