Weekly Scripture Readings
20th Sunday After Pentecost
October 22, 2017
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 45:1–7
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:
“I will go before you and level the exalted places,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from
the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the LORD, who does all these things.
Epistle: 1 Peter 3:15–22
But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone
who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good
conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to
shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the
spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through
water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as
an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into
heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to
Holy Gospel: Matthew 10:16–24
Persecution Will Come
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as
doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you
will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.
When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you
are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father
speaking through you.
“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents
and have them put to death,
and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone
through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
19th Sunday After Pentecost
October 15, 2017
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25:6–9
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the LORD has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:26–30
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,
not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world
to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is
low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so
that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ
Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:1–14
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,
and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not
come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my
dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the
wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry,
and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his
servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the
main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into
the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding
garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And
he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him
into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are
called, but few are chosen.”