Scripture Readings for November 17, 2019   (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Isaiah 65:17-25 and Isaiah 12  • Psalm 118  •  
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13  •  Luke 21:5-19

Isaiah 65:17-25
65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former
things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

65:18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about
to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

65:19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the
sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.

65:20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an
old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred
years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will
be considered accursed.

65:21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards
and eat their fruit.

65:22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another
eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen
shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

65:23 They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they
shall be offspring blessed by the LORD-- and their descendants as well.

65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like
the ox; but the serpent--its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.

Isaiah 12
12:1 You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you
were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me.

12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the
LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

12:4 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.

12:5 Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in
all the earth.

12:6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the
Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 118
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:  “His love endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the Lord say:“His love endures forever.”

5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a
spacious place.

6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.

9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut
them down.

11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut
them down.

12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as
quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,  but the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;the Lord’s right hand has
done mighty things!”

17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

18 The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over
to death.

19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks
to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.

27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
3:6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to
the tradition that they received from us.

3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle
when we were with you,

3:8 and we did not eat anyone's bread without paying for it; but with toil
and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you.

3:9 This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you
an example to imitate.

3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone
unwilling to work should not eat.

3:11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies,
not doing any work.

3:12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ
to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

3:13 Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

Luke 21:5-19
21:5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned
with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said,

21:6 "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one
stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."

21:7 They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign
that this is about to take place?"

21:8 And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come
in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them.

21:9 "When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for
these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately."

21:10 Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom;

21:11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and
plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

21:12 "But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you;
they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought
before kings and governors because of my name.

21:13 This will give you an opportunity to testify.

21:14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance;

21:15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will
be able to withstand or contradict.

21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and
friends; and they will put some of you to death.

21:17 You will be hated by all because of my name.

21:18 But not a hair of your head will perish.

21:19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.