Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7 or Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalter: Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 or Psalm 82
Epistle: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
Judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression; you give peace to those who seek it, and you condemn the rage of violence. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.
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