19th Sunday after Trinity

10th 0ctober 2021
19th Sunday after Trinity
Year B



O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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.


Amos 5.6-7,10-15

     Seek the LORD and live,
         or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;
     it will devour,
         and Bethel will have no-one to quench it.
     You who turn justice into bitterness
         and cast righteousness to the ground,
     you hate the one who reproves in court
         and despise him who tells the truth.
     You trample on the poor
         and force him to give you grain.
     Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
         you will not live in them;
     though you have planted lush vineyards,
         you will not drink their wine.
     For I know how many are your offences
         and how great your sins.
     You oppress the righteous and take bribes
         and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
     Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times,
         for the times are evil.
     Seek good, not evil,
         that you may live.
     Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
         just as you say he is.
     Hate evil, love good;
         maintain justice in the courts.
     Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
         on the remnant of Joseph.


Hebrews 4.12-16

The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


Mark 10.17-31

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good – except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no-one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”


Post Communion Prayer

Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Amos 5.6-7,10-15 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Hebrews 4.12-16 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Mark 10.17-31 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Post Communion (19th after Trinity) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000
Collect (19th after Trinity) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)