21st Sunday after Trinity

17th 0ctober 2021
St Luke
Year B

 

Collect

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

Isaiah 35.3-6

     Strengthen the feeble hands,
         steady the knees that give way;
     say to those with fearful hearts,
         “Be strong, do not fear;
     your God will come,
         he will come with vengeance;
     with divine retribution
         he will come to save you.”
     Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
         and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
     Then will the lame leap like a deer,
         and the mute tongue shout for joy.
     Water will gush forth in the wilderness
         and streams in the desert.

 

2 Timothy 4.5-17

Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

At my first defence, no-one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

 

Luke 10.1-9

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’”

 

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty God,
who on the day of Pentecost
sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to witness to your truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

2 Timothy 4.5-17 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Isaiah 35.3-6 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Luke 10.1-9 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Post Communion (Luke, 1) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000
Collect (Luke) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)