Old Testament: Hosea 11:1-11 or Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
Psalter: Psalm 107:1-9, 43 or Psalm 49:1-12
Epistle: Colossians 3:1-11
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Generous God, in abundance you give us things both spiritual and physical. Help us to hold lightly the fading things of this earth and grasp tightly the lasting things of your kingdom, so that what we are and do and say may be our gifts to you through Christ, who beckons all to seek the things above, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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