Old Testament: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 or Amos 8:4-7
Psalter: Psalm 79:1-9 or Psalm 113
Epistle: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Gospels: Luke 16:1-13
When joy is gone and hearts are sick, O God, you give us Christ as our healing balm. He came in human flesh that he might give himself as a ransom for our salvation and anoint us with the Spirit of consolation and joy. Hear the cry of your people, that we may rejoice in the richness of your love and be faithful stewards of your many gifts. Amen.
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