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Exodus 33:12-23

Psalm 99

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Matthew 22:15-22



O God, whose name we bear,

whose face we seek;

the whole world is yours, and all that it contains.

Recall us to our true allegiance,

so that beyond the powers of this world

you alone may claim our fullest loyalty and love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Almighty God,

you rule the world with justice,

and our hearts with love.

May we who have received your abundant grace

care for the world you have made,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.


FIRST READING:  Exodus 33:12-23


A Reading from the Book of Exodus.


          Moses said to God, “Look, you have told me to lead this people, but you have never told me who you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name,’ and, ‘You have found favour in my sight.’ So if I have found favour in your sight, show me your ways so that I may truly know you and indeed find favour in your sight. Remember that these people are the nation you have chosen as your own.”


          God said, “My presence shall go with you; let this set your mind at ease.” Moses said, “If your presence will not go with us, do not send us from this place. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight—I, and your people—unless you go with us? In this way shall we be marked—I, and your people—from every other people on the face of the earth.”


          God said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please, show me your glory!” God said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim in your presence my Name: ‘I AM’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But you cannot see my face; for no one shall see my face and live.”


          Then God said, “See, here is a place beside me where you can stand on a rock. When my glory passes by I will place you in a cleft in the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face you must not see.”


Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.


Our God reigns;

let the people tremble;

          our God is enthroned upon the Cherubim;

          let the earth shake.


Our God is great in Zion,

high above all peoples.

          Let them confess God’s name:

          Great and Awesome One.


You are holy and mighty,

a ruler who loves justice;

          you have established fairness

          and executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.


We proclaim your greatness, O God,

and fall down before your footstool:

          you are the Holy One!


Moses and Aaron are among your priests,

and Samuel among those who call upon your name,

they called upon you, and you answered them.

          You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;

          they kept your laws

          and the decrees that you gave them.


O God, you answered them indeed;

you were a God who forgave them,

yet punished them for their evil deeds.

          We proclaim your greatness, O God,

          and worship you upon your holy mountain;

          for you, O God, are the Holy One!
SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10


A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.


          From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace.


          We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith, your labour of love, and your steadfastness of hope in our Saviour Jesus Christ.


          For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that God has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of our God, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.


          For indeed God’s word has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for God’s Only Begotten to return from heaven, whom God raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is to come.      


Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 22:15-22


The Lord be with you.

And with thy Spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

 of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


          Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor, or not?”


          But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The Emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the Emperor the things that are the Emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”


          When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.


The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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