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Sentences, Prayers
and Readings for the
Church’s Year

Historical Note: Please note that this section has replaced the content from the 1989 Prayer Book, which remains authorised for use. The historial content may be found here Historical Content Index.


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Concerning Sentences, Prayers and Readings for the Church’s Year




The minister chooses one or more of the Collects set down for the Day for use in the service, and selects the Sentence, Psalms, and Set Readings.

At the end of a Collect, when needed, the minister may add


Hear this prayer for your love’s sake. Amen.


Or Praise to you our God; you answer prayer. Amen.


Or when the prayer is addressed to God

This we ask through Christ our Mediator / Saviour /
Redeemer / Lord. Amen.


Or when the prayer is addressed to God and ends with words
referring to Jesus Christ

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever. Amen.

Seasons and Sundays

The Season of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:3a

Collect of the Day

Praise and honour to you living God;
your coming will be like a thief in the night,
like lightning flashing across the sky.
Grant that we may be ready,
and our hearts answer, Come Lord Jesus.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 122 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 2:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 13:11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 24:36–44 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘Heaven and earth will pass away,’ says the Lord, ‘but my words will not pass away.’ Mark 13:31

Collect of the Day

God of hope,
When Christ your Son appears
may he not find us asleep or idle,
but active in his service and ready;
through the same Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 64:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:3–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 13:24–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Stand up and raise your heads; your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28

Collect of the Day

Come, O come Emmanuel,
you are the way, the truth and the life;
Come, living Saviour
come to your world which waits for you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 25:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 33:14–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 21:25–36 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Second Sunday of Advent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Mark 1:15

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you sent your servant John the Baptist
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son;
grant that those who proclaim your word
may so guide our feet into the way of peace,
that we may stand with confidence before him
when he comes in his glorious kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 11:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 15:4–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 3:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight. For the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together. Luke 3:4; Isaiah 40:5a

Collect of the Day

God for whom we wait and watch,
you sent John the Baptist
to prepare for the coming of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth
even to the point of suffering.
This we ask through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 40:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Peter 3:8–15a Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78–79

Collect of the Day

Praise and honour to you living God
for John the Baptist,
and for all those voices crying in the wilderness
who prepare your way.
May we listen when a prophet speaks your word,
and obey;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

For the Psalm: Luke 1:68–79 Lookup Reading: NLT
Baruch 5:1–9 Lookup Reading: RV
or Malachi 3:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 1:3–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 3:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Third Sunday of Advent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.’ Isaiah 35:3–4

or

Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Matthew 11:11

Collect of the Day

Terror and doom, and wrath to come,
John your herald preached
to bring us to repentance;
open our eyes, almighty God,
show us our sin, and grant us forgiveness.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 146:5–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Luke 1:47–55 Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 35:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 5:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 11:2–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, the day of vengeance of our God. Isaiah 61:1–2

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you sent your servant John the Baptist
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son;
grant that those who proclaim your word
may so guide our feet into the way of peace,
that we may stand with confidence before him
when he comes in his glorious kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 126 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Luke 1:47–55 Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:6–8, 19–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Do not fear. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love. Zephaniah 3:16–17

Collect of the Day

God our strength and our hope,
grant us the courage of John the Baptist,
constantly to speak the truth,
boldly to rebuke vice
and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

For the Psalm: Isaiah 12:2–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Zephaniah 3:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 4:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 3:7–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel: God with us. Matthew 1:23

Collect of the Day

Living God, you called your people out of Egypt
and gave them the covenant;
prepare our hearts to hear your call,
so that we may receive with joy the gospel of your Son
and be your faithful people, now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 7:10–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 1:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 1:18–25 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

This child will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:32–33

Collect of the Day

God of all hope and joy,
open our hearts in welcome,
that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming
may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

For the Psalm: Luke 1:47–55 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 16:25–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:26–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. Luke 1:45

Collect of the Day

God, faithful and true,
make us eager with expectation,
as we look for the fulfilment of your promise
in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

For the Psalm: Luke 1:47–55 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Psalm 80:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Micah 5:2–5a Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 10:5–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:39–45, (46–55) Lookup Reading: NLT

The Season of Christmas

The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ

Christmas

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; for to us a child is born, to us a son is given. Isaiah 9:2, 6

or

I bring you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11

or

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14

Collect of the Day
Year A

Son of God,
light that shines in the dark,
child of joy and peace,
help us to come to you
and be born anew this holy night.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Year B

Almighty God,
you gave your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and be born of the Virgin Mary;
grant that we, who are born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Year C

Son of God, Child of Mary,
born in the stable at Bethlehem,
be born again in us this day
that through us the world may know
the wonder of your love.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Proper I

Psalm 96 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 9:2–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Titus 2:11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:1–14, (15–20) Lookup Reading: NLT

Proper II

Psalm 97 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 62:6–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Titus 3:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:(1–7), 8–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Proper III

Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 52:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 1:1–4, (5–12) Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

The First Sunday after Christmas

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Because Jesus himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. Hebrews 2:18

Collect of the Day

Jesus, you saw the world through the eyes of a child.
Save us from the pride
that would refuse your command to live like you
in simplicity and joy.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 148 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 63:7–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 2:10–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 2:13–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Luke 2:30–32

Collect of the Day

Holy and eternal God,
your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
to learn from the simple trust of children;
give us pure hearts and steadfast faith
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 148 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 61:10–62:3 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 4:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:22–40 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and be thankful. Colossians 3:14–15

Collect of the Day

Jesus, your ways are not our ways.
You are the Jewish boy,
you are the questioning child the parents lost.
Make us willing to listen
and humble in what we believe is right.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 148 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 3:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:41–52 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Second Sunday after Christmas

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

God has destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:5–6

or

‘I will turn your mourning into joy,’ says the Lord. ‘I will comfort you, and give you gladness for sorrow.’ Jeremiah 31:13

Collect of the Day

O God,
you wonderfully created,
and yet more wonderfully, restored
the dignity of human nature;
grant that we may share the divine life
of your Son Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 147:12–20 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Wisdom 10:15–21
Lookup Reading: RV
Jeremiah 31:7–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Sirach 24:1–12 Lookup Reading: RV
Ephesians 1:3–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:(1–9), 10–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Season of Epiphany

The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

or

They saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and worshipped him. Matthew 2:11

Collect of the Day

Jesus, light of the world,
let your bright star stand over the place
where the poor have to live;
lead our sages to wisdom
and our rulers to reverence.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 60:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 3:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 2:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday
The First Day of Lent

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Return to the Lord your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Joel 2:13

or

When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret. Matthew 6:17–18

Collect of the Day

God of the desert,
as we follow Jesus into the unknown,
may we recognise the tempter when he comes;
let it be your bread we eat,
your world we serve and you alone we worship.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

or

Almighty and merciful God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent;
create in us new and contrite hearts,
so that when we turn to you and confess our sins
we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 51:1–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joel 2:1–2, 12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Isaiah 58:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

The First Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Collect of the Day

God, you know better than we
the temptations that will bring us down.
Grant that our love for you may protect us
from all foolish and corrupt desire.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 32 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:12–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 4:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Mark 1:15

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
your Son Jesus Christ
fasted forty days in the wilderness;
give us grace to direct our lives
in obedience to your Spirit;
and as you know our weakness
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 25:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 9:8–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 3:18–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:9–15 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him. Luke 4:8

Collect of the Day

Hear us, Jesus Christ,
when we ask for help to recognise temptation,
for honesty to face it,
for strength to resist it
and humility to give God the glory.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 26:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 10:8b–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 4:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Second Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

Collect of the Day

Come Holy Spirit, to all baptised in your name,
that we may turn to good
whatever lies ahead
Give us passion, give us fire;
make us transform the world from what it is,
to what you have created it to be.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 121 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 12:1–4a Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 4:1–5, 13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 3:1–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Matthew 17:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

If you want to become a disciple of Jesus, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him. Mark 8:34

Collect of the Day

Servant God, grant us opportunity,
give us willingness
to serve you day by day;
that what we do
and how we bear each other’s burdens,
may be our sacrifice to you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 22:23–31 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 4:13–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 8:31–38 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Mark 9:2–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20

Collect of the Day

God of life and glory,
your Son was revealed in splendour
before he suffered death upon the cross;
grant that we, beholding his majesty,
may be strengthened to follow him
and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory;
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 27 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 15:1–12, 17–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 3:17–4:1 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 13:31–35 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Luke 9:28–36 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Third Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

or

‘The water that I will give,’ says the Lord, ‘will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ John 4:14

Collect of the Day

Give us grace and courage to hope, and to risk disappointment.
Teach us to pray expectantly,
and when our prayers seem to fail,
bring us to pray again and again;
for you are our God,
who acts, and will act again.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 95 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 17:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 4:5–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

God spoke these words and said, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.’ Exodus 20:1

Collect of the Day

Lord, help us to see:
to see what is eternally good and true,
and having seen, to go on searching
until we come to the joys of heaven.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 20:1–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:18–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 2:13–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts, says the Lord. Isaiah 55:9

or

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

Collect of the Day

God of grace and goodness,
you know that by reason of our frailty we cannot but fail;
keep us always under your protection
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 63:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 55:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 10:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 13:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the light of the world,’ says the Lord; ‘those who follow me will have the light of life.’ John 8:12

Collect of the Day

God of unchangeable power,
when you fashioned the world
the morning stars sang together
and the host of heaven shouted for joy;
open our eyes to the wonders of creation
and teach us to see all things for good,
to the honour of your glorious name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 16:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 5:8–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 9:1–41 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14–15

Collect of the Day

Most merciful God,
by the passion of your Son Jesus Christ
you delivered us from the power of darkness;
grant that through faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may be found acceptable in your sight,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Numbers 21:4–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 3:14–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

God has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18

or

While he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:21

Collect of the Day

We praise you God,
that the light of Christ shines in our darkness
and is never overcome;
show us the way we must go to eternal day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 32 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joshua 5:9–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 5:16–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32 Lookup Reading: NLT

Passion Sunday
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ says the Lord; ‘whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’ John 1:25–26

Collect of the Day

God in Trinity,
Creator, Saviour, Giver of life and truth,
reveal the possibilities within us,
that we may attain to the fullness of our humanity.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 130 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 37:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:6–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 11:1–45 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘This is the covenant I will make with them,’ says the Lord: ‘I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’ Jeremiah 31:33

Collect of the Day

Almighty and eternal God,
you have made of one blood all the nations of the earth
and will that they live together
in peace and harmony;
so order the course of this world
that all peoples may be brought together
under Christ’s most gentle rule;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 51:1–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 119:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 31:31–34 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 5:5–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 12:20–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:6

Collect of the Day

Jesus,
receive our love and worship.
Show us how to give you what we have,
for nothing is too big or too small
for us to offer, or for you to use;
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 126 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 43:16–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 3:4b–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 12:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Palm Sunday
The Sixth Sunday in Lent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10–11

Collect of the Day

Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem
the people waved palms
with shouts of acclamation.
Grant that when the shouting dies
we may still walk beside you even to a cross;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Matthew 21:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Use collect for Lent 6:1 (as above)

Liturgy of the Passion

Psalm 31:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 50:4–9a Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 2:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 26:14–27:66 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Matthew 27:11–54 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10–11

Collect of the Day

Lord Jesus,
acclaimed as King,
crucified as criminal,
teach us to accept our sufferings and triumphs
for your glory alone.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Mark 11:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
or John 12:12–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Use collect for Lent 6:3 (as above)

Liturgy of the Passion

Psalm 31:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 50:4–9a Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 2:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 14:1–15:47 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Mark 15:1–39, (40–47) Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10–11

Collect of the Day

Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem
the people waved palms
with shouts of acclamation.
Grant that when the shouting dies
we may still walk beside you even to a cross;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Luke 19:28–40 Lookup Reading: NLT
Use collect for Lent 6:1 (as above)

Liturgy of the Passion

Psalm 31:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 50:4–9a Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 2:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 22:14–23:56 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Luke 23:1–49 Lookup Reading: NLT

Holy Week

Monday in Holy Week

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

‘Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights,’ says the Lord; ‘I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.’ Isaiah 42:1

Collect of the Day

Jesus the anointed,
teach us to honour those who need our help,
and we shall give without condescension,
and receive with humility.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 36:5–11 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 42:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 9:11–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 12:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Tuesday in Holy Week

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies; it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24

Collect of the Day

When all we are and everything we do
are called into question,
grant us dignity and direction,
grant us patience;
Jesus, be there then;
For your name’s sake we pray.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 71:1–14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 49:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:18–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 12:20–36 Lookup Reading: NLT

Wednesday in Holy Week

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

or

‘By this will everyone know that you are my disciples,’ says the Lord: ‘if you love one another.’ John 13:35

Collect of the Day

Most merciful God,
by the passion of your Son Jesus Christ
you delivered us from the power of darkness;
grant that through faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may be found acceptable in your sight,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 70 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 50:4–9a Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 12:1–3 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 13:21–32 Lookup Reading: NLT

Maundy Thursday

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

‘I give you a new commandment,’ says the Lord, ‘that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’ John 13:34

or

Jesus said, ‘If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’ John 13:14

Collect of the Day

Infinite, intimate God;
this night you kneel before your friends
and wash our feet.
Bound together in your love, trembling,
we drink your cup and watch.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 12:1–4, (5–10), 11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 11:23–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 13:1–17, (31b–35) Lookup Reading: NLT

Good Friday

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Christ became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and has given him the name that is above every name. Philippians 2:8–9

or

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:12

Collect of the Day
Year A

Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified for us,
we kneel at the foot of your cross to watch with you.
Help us to see the cost of our forgiveness
so that we may be made new through your love;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Years B, C

Crucified Saviour, naked God,
You hang disgraced and powerless.
Grieving, we dare to hope,
as we wait at the cross
with your mother and your friend.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 52:13–53:12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 10:16–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 18:1–19:42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Holy Saturday
Easter Eve

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

When we were baptised into Christ Jesus, we were baptised into his death; so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3–4

Collect of the Day

Grant O God,
that we who are baptised into the death
of your Son Jesus Christ,
may continually die to sin
and be buried with him,
that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
for his sake, who died and was buried
and rose again for us,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 31:1–4, 15–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 14:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Lamentations 3:1–9, 19–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 4:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 27:57–66 Lookup Reading: NLT
or John 19:38–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Season of Easter

Easter Eve
At the Vigil

Year A

Sentence of the Day

We have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Collect of the Day

Eternal giver of life and light,
this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ;
renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism,
that we may worship you in sincerity and truth,
and shine as a light in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

or

Lord of the passover,
you have lit this night with the radiance of Christ;
renew in us our baptism,
and bring us through the Red Sea waters
to the promised land.
Through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Old Testament Readings and Psalms

Genesis 1:1–2:4a Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 46 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 22:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Exodus 15:1b–13, 17–18Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 55:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Isaiah 12:2–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Baruch 3:9–15, 32–4:4 Lookup Reading: RV
or Proverbs 8:1–8, 19–21; 9:4b–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 36:24–28Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 42; 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 37:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 143 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zephaniah 3:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

New Testament Readings

Psalm 114 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Romans 6:3–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Gospel Reading

Matthew 28:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. 1 Corinthians 5:7–8

Collect of the Day

Lord God,
you made this night bright
with the radiance of the risen Christ;
may we who have been raised with him in baptism
reflect the light of his glory,
and live with him for ever.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Old Testament Readings and Psalms

Genesis 1:1–2:4a Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 46 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 22:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Exodus 15:1b–13, 17–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 55:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Isaiah 12:2–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Baruch 3:9–15, 32–4:4 Lookup Reading: RV
or Proverbs 8:1–8, 19–21; 9:4b–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 36:24–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 42 and 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 37:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 143 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zephaniah 3:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

New Testament Readings

Psalm 114 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Romans 6:3–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Gospel Reading

Mark 16:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

We have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Collect of the Day

Lord of the passover,
you have lit this night with the radiance of Christ;
renew in us our baptism,
and bring us through the Red Sea waters
to the promised land;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

or

Eternal Giver of life and light,
this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ:
renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism,
that we may worship you in sincerity and truth,
and shine as a light in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Old Testament Readings and Psalms

Genesis 1:1–2:4a Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 46 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 22:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Exodus 15:1b–13, 17–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 55:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
For the Psalm: Isaiah 12:2–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Baruch 3:9–15, 32–4:4 Lookup Reading: RV
or Proverbs 8:1–8, 19–21; 9:4b–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 36:24–28Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 42 and 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 37:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 143 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zephaniah 3:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

New Testament Readings

Psalm 114 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Romans 6:3–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Gospel Reading

Luke 24:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Easter Day

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The Lord has risen indeed, alleluia! Luke 24:34

or

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Collect of the Day

Glorious Lord of Life,
we praise you,
that by the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have delivered us from sin and death
and made your whole creation new;
grant that we who celebrate with joy
Christ’s rising from the dead,
may be raised from the death of sin
to the life of righteousness;
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Jeremiah 31:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 20:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Matthew 28:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia! Luke 24:34

or

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Collect of the Day

Living Christ, you are risen from the dead!
Love reigns!
You are life stronger than death;
raise our eyes to see you
as the new day dawns;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Isaiah 25:6–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 20:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Mark 16:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia! Luke 24:34

or

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Collect of the Day

Jesus Christ our Saviour,
you have delivered us from sin and death.
You have brought with the dawn
a new beginning and an empty tomb;
grant us strength and humility
to enter into life.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Isaiah 65:17–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 20:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Luke 24:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Second Sunday of Easter

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

Collect of the Day

Eternal Father,
through the resurrection of your Son,
help us to face the future
with courage and assurance,
knowing that nothing in death or life
can ever separate us from your love.
This we ask through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 2:14a, 22–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 1:3–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘Peace be with you,’ says the Lord, ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ John 20:21

Collect of the Day

God you are the first light
cutting through the void.
You are the final light
which we shall enjoy forever.
Help us to welcome the light and walk in it always.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 133 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 4:32–35 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 1:1–2:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ John 20:27

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
you have broken the power of death
and brought life and immortality to light;
grant that we who have been raised with him
may triumph over all temptation
and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 118:14–29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 150 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 5:27–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 1:4–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Third Sunday of Easter

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38–39

Collect of the Day

Jesus, we believe you;
all we heard is true.
You break the bread, we recognise you,
you are the fire that burns within us;
use us to light the world.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 2:14a, 36–41 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 1:17–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 24:13–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19–20

Collect of the Day

Lord, help us to see:
to see what is eternally good and true,
and having seen, to go on searching
until we come to the joys of heaven.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 4 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 3:12–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 3:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 24:36b–48 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever. Revelation 5:13

Collect of the Day

Living host, call us together,
call us to eat and drink with you.
Grant that by your body and your blood
we may be drawn to each other
and to you.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 30 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 9:1–6, (7–20) Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 5:11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 21:1–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the good shepherd,’ says the Lord. ‘The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ John 10:11

Collect of the Day

Good shepherd of the sheep,
by whom the lost are sought
and guided into the fold;
feed us and we shall be satisfied,
heal us and we shall be whole,
and lead us that we may be with you,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
where you reign one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 2:42–47 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 2:19–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 10:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the good shepherd,’ says the Lord: ‘I know my own and my own know me.’ John 10:14

Collect of the Day

Good shepherd of the sheep,
by whom the lost are sought
and guided into the fold;
feed us and we shall be satisfied,
heal us and we shall be whole,
and lead us that we may be with you,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
where you reign one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 4:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 3:16–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 10:11–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:17

Collect of the Day

God of peace,
by the blood of the eternal covenant
you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep;
make us perfect in every good work,
and work in us that which is pleasing and good;
through Jesus Christ to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 9:36–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 7:9–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 10:22–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life,’ says the Lord. ‘No one comes to the Father except through me.’ John 14:6

or

Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, being dead to sin, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Collect of the Day

Eternal God,
your Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth and the life for all creation;
grant us grace to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 7:55–60 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 2:2–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 14:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:10–11

Collect of the Day

Christ of the new covenant,
give us the happiness to share,
with full measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
all that you give us.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 22:25–31 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 8:26–40 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 4:7–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. John 4:16b

or

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34

Collect of the Day

Make us glad we pray you, gentle God,
to give each other your loving care;
make us happy to receive it.
May there daily grow within us
a generous, trusting spirit.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 148 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 11:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 21:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 13:31–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Those who love me will keep my word,’ Jesus promises, ‘and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14:23

Collect of the Day

Eternal God,
light of the minds that know you,
joy of the hearts that love you,
strength of the wills that serve you;
grant us so to know you that we may truly love you,
and so to love you that we may gladly serve you,
now and always.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 66:8–20 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 17:22–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 3:13–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 14:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said, ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit.’ John 15:16

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you teach us in your word that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with all our heart
and our neighbor as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 10:44–48 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 5:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:9–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’ John 14:27

Collect of the Day
Almighty God,
you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples,
filling them with joy and boldness
to preach the gospel;
send us out in the power of the same Spirit
to witness to your redeeming love
and draw all people to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 16:9–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 14:23–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
or John 5:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

Ascension Day

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said to them: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations; and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19–20

Collect of the Day

The heavens are open wide
since Jesus our brother, our Redeemer,
has entered through the veil.
We thank you for his new and living way,
by which we join the unnumbered millions
who are with you forever.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 47 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 93 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:15–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 24:44–53 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation,’ says the Lord. Mark 16:15

Collect of the Day

Eternal God,
you have given your Son authority
in heaven and in earth;
grant that we may never lose
the vision of his kingdom
but serve him with hope and joy;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 47 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 93 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:15–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 24:44–53 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

God has raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named. Ephesians 1:20–21

Collect of the Day

Eternal God,
by raising Jesus from the dead
you proclaimed his victory,
and by his ascension
you declared him king.
Lift our hearts to heaven
that we may live and reign with him.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 47 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 93 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:15–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 24:44–53 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sunday after Ascension

Year A

Sentence of the Day

This is eternal life, that we may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3

Collect of the Day

Christ our great high priest,
you understand our weakness;
you pray for us while we are sinners.
Help us, through you,
to find a new and living way to God;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 68:1–10, 32–35 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:6–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 4:12–14; 5:6–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 17:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Jesus prayed, ‘Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.’ John 17:11

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
ever lives to make intercession for us;
have pity on our weakness,
and in your mercy give us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask,
except through his merits,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 1 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:15–17, 21–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 5:9–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 17:6–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Collect of the Day

Holy God, you feed us
with earthly and spiritual food.
Deathless, unalterable, you have chosen us,
sinful as we are,
to hear your word and to proclaim your truth.
Alleluia! Make us salt of the earth;
make us yeast in the loaf.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 97 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 16:16–34 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 17:20–26 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Day of Pentecost
Whitsunday

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,’ says the Lord; ‘and let the one who believes in me drink. For out of your heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ John 7:38

Collect of the Day

Father,
you have filled your people with the Spirit
who rested first on your Son
and united us in your Church;
open the channels for your Spirit
that we may freely work together,
and your kingdom and your rule increase;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 104:24–34, 35b Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Numbers 11:24–30 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 20:19–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
or John 7:37–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you,’ says the Lord; ‘I will put my spirit within you and you shall live.’ Ezekiel 3:26; 37:14

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
at the feast of Pentecost
you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples,
filling them with joy and boldness
to preach the gospel;
send us out in the power of the same Spirit
to witness to your redeeming love
and draw all people to you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 104:24–34, 35b Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Ezekiel 37:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: Romans 8:22–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

Collect of the Day

Living God,
eternal Holy Spirit,
let your bright intoxicating energy
which fired those first disciples
fall on us
to turn the world again.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 104:24–34, 35b Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1st Reading: Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Genesis 11:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
2nd Reading: Romans 8:14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 2:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Gospel: John 14:8–17, (25–27) Lookup Reading: NLT

The Season after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday
The First Sunday after Pentecost

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Proclaim the Name: ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.’ Exodus 34:6

Collect of the Day

Father,
you sent your Son to bring us truth
and your Holy Spirit to make us holy;
open our hearts to exalt you,
open our lives to reveal you,
our one true God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 1:1–2:4a Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 13:11–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 28:16–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3

or

Christ Jesus came and preached peace to you all; through him we have access in the one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:17–18

Collect of the Day

God of unchangeable power,
you have revealed yourself
to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
keep us firm in this faith
that we may praise and bless your holy name;
for you are one God
now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 6:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 3:1–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? ‘The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.’ Proverbs 8:1, 22

or

God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! Galatians 4:6

Collect of the Day

Trinity of Love,
maker of man and woman in your image
help us to accept ourselves as we are,
and to know our need for each other.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 16:12–15 Lookup Reading: NLT

If the Sunday between 24 and 28 May inclusive follows Trinity Sunday, the proper for the Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany is used.

Baptism of the Lord
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday between 7 and 13 January

Year A

Sentence of the Day

A voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ Matthew 3:17

Collect of the Day

Open the heavens, Holy Spirit,
for us to see Jesus intercede for us;
may we be strengthened to share his cup
and ready to serve him for ever.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 42:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 10:34–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 3:13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; and he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Collect of the Day

Holy Spirit,
as you drove Jesus into the wilderness,
when John baptised him and the heavens opened,
drive us to wrestle and reflect
so that we may fulfil our baptism,
and live the life of victory.
This we ask through the same Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 1:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 19:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:4–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ Luke 3:22

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you anointed Jesus at his baptism
with the Holy Spirit,
and revealed him as your own beloved Son;
grant that we who are baptised into his name
may give our lives to your service,
and be found worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 43:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 8:14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday between 14 and 20 January

Year A

Sentence of the Day

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
give us such a vision of your purpose
and such an assurance of your love and power,
that we may ever hold fast the hope
which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 40:1–11 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 49:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:29–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the king of Israel! John 1:41–49

Collect of the Day
Praise to you, God, for all your work among us.
Yours is the vigour in creation,
yours is the impulse in our new discoveries.
Make us adventurous, yet reverent and hopeful
in all we do.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 3:1–10, (11–20) Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 6:12–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:43–51 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

Collect of the Day

We pray you, Jesus,
take the old water,
our busy, conscientious lives,
and turn them into gospel wine,
that everyone may see your life and thirst;
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 36:5–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 62:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 12:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 2:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday between 21 and 27 January

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
your Son revealed in signs and wonders
the greatness of your saving love;
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 27:1, 4–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 9:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:10–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 4:12–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel. Mark 1:15

Collect of the Day

Jesus, our Redeemer,
give us your power to reveal and proclaim the good news,
so that wherever we may go
the sick may be healed, lepers embraced,
and the dead and dying given new life;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 62:5–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jonah 3:1–5, 10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 7:29–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives.’ Luke 4:18

Collect of the Day

God of all mercy,
your Son brought good news to the despairing,
freedom to the oppressed
and joy to the sad;
fill us with your spirit
that the people of our day may see in us his likeness
and glorify your name.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 4:14–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday between 28 January and 3 February

Year A

Sentence of the Day

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Collect of the Day

Teach us, Jesus,
how to live and worship
without being worldly or greedy.
Drive from our lives what spoils them
and make us temples of the Spirit;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Micah 6:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:18–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. Matthew 9:35

Collect of the Day

Jesus, you spoke with passion,
you acted without fear, and we remember.
Help us when we have to speak out,
to speak the truth
and without malice to speak.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 111 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 18:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 8:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:21–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:14

Collect of the Day

Gracious and merciful God,
for our sake your Son became incarnate
and suffered death upon the cross;
purify our hearts and grant us zeal in your service;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 71:1–6 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 1:4–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 13:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 4:21–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 4 and 10 February

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Is not this the fast that I choose,’ says the Lord: ‘to loose the bonds of injustice, and to let the oppressed go free?’ Isaiah 58:6

or

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Collect of the Day

We praise you, God,
that the light of Christ shines in our darkness
and is never overcome;
show us the way we must go to eternal day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 112:1–9 (10) Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 58:1–9a, (9b–12) Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 2:1–12, (13–16) Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:13–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you have called us to serve you,
yet without your grace
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 our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 147:1–11, 20c Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 40:21–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 9:16–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:29–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, and was buried, and was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and appeared to many. 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

Collect of the Day

Almighty and eternal God,
it is your will to bring the whole creation
into unity in Christ;
grant that your Church may faithfully proclaim
the Good News
until all people are saved
and the earth is full of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 138 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 6:1–8, (9–13) Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 5:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 11 and 17 February or between 8 and 14 May

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Psalm 119:1

Collect of the Day

God of Israel old and new,
write in our hearts the lesson of your law;
prepare our minds to receive the gospel
made visible in your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Sirach 15:15–20 Lookup Reading: RV
1 Corinthians 3:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:21–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

A great prophet has arisen among us! God has visited his people! Luke 7:16

or

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones; and give thanks to God’s holy name! Psalm 30:4

Collect of the Day

Mighty God,
strong, loving and wise,
help us depend upon your goodness
and to place our trust in your Son.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 30 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Kings 5:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 9:24–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 1:40–45 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Blessed are you when people hate you on account of the Son of man. Rejoice and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. Luke 6:23

Collect of the Day

God of the hungry,
make us hunger and thirst for the right,
till our thirst for justice has been satisfied
and hunger has gone from the earth.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 1 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 17:5–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 15:12–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 6:17–26 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 18 and 24 February or between 15 and 21 May

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Your Father in heaven makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Matthew 5:45, Luke 6:36

or

You shall be holy, for the Lord your God is holy. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Leviticus 19:2,18

Collect of the Day

Give us, we pray you, gentle God,
a mind forgetful of past injury,
a will to seek the good of others
and a heart of love.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:33–40 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:38–48 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

In the Son of God, Jesus Christ, every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes!’ 2 Corinthians 1:19–20

Collect of the Day

Merciful God,
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 41 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 43:18–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 1:18–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 2:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. You will be children of the Most High; for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35

Collect of the Day

Grant us Jesus, that tender, indestructible love
which asks forgiveness of its executioners
and gives hope to the thief on the cross.
Keep us compassionate when the way is hard,
and gentle with those who oppose us;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 37:1–11, 39–40 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 45:3–11, 15 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 15:35–38, 42–50 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 6:27–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 25 February and 3 March or between 24 and 28 May

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you,’ says the Lord. Isaiah 49:15

or

Do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31, 33

Collect of the Day

Abba God, we call you Father,
and your care for us
is motherly as well.
Protect our power to love and be loved,
and make us glad to be called your children
one whanau in Christ.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 131 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 49:8–16a Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 4:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 6:24–34 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Collect of the Day

We pray you, Jesus, take the old water, our busy, conscientious lives, and turn them into gospel wine, that everyone may see your life and thirst. Hear this prayer for your name’s sake. Amen.

Readings

Psalm 103:1–13, 22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Hosea 2:14–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 3:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 2:13–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

‘My word shall not return to me empty,’ says the Lord, ‘but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.’ Isaiah 55:11

Collect of the Day

Holy Spirit, grant us who serve your Church to mend what is spoiled, to strengthen what is sound, and to follow you wherever and however you may lead. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Readings

Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Sirach 27:4–7 Lookup Reading: RV
or Isaiah 55:10–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 15:51–58 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 6:39–49 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 4 and 7 March
or between 29 May and 4 June

Year A

Sentence of the Day

I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith. Romans 1:16

or

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Collect of the Day

God, our ruler and guide,
when we come to the place where the road divides,
keep us true to the way of Christ,
alive to present opportunities,
and confident of eternal life.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 46 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 6:9–22; 7:24; 8:14–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 1:16–17; 3:22b–28, (29–31) Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 7:21–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 31:1–5, 19–24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 11:18–21, 26–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 1:16–17; 3:22b–28, (29–31) Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 7:21–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

It is the God who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

Collect of the Day

God of unchangeable power,
when you fashioned the world
the morning stars sang together
and the host of heaven shouted for joy;
open our eyes to the wonders of creation
and teach us to use all things for good,
to the honour of your glorious name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 3:1–10, (11–20) Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 2:23–3:6 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 81:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 5:12–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 2:23–3:6 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Thus says the one whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in a high and holy place, but I also live with those who are broken and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, to restore the courage of the broken.’ Isaiah 57:15

Collect of the Day

Give us courage to hope,
and to risk disappointment.
Teach us to pray expectantly,
and when our prayers seem to fail,
bring us to pray again and again;
for you are our God,
who acts and will act again.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 96 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 18:20–21, (22–29), 30–39 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 1:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 96:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 8:22–23, 41–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 1:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 5 and 11 June

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners. Matthew 9:12–13

Collect of the Day

Lord of the Church,
you have called us to witness to every nation.
May we do your work and bear your cross,
await your time and see your glory.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 33:1–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 12:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 4:13–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:9–13, 18–26 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 50:7–15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Hosea 5:15–6:6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 4:13–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:9–13, 18–26 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and my sister and my mother. Mark 3:34–35

Collect of the Day

God of compassion,
deepen and increase our love for you
so that we may leave behind the sins
from which you have redeemed us,
and serve you in perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 138 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 8:4–11, (12–15), 16–20, (11:14–15) Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 3:20–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 130 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 3:8–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 3:20–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

A great prophet has arisen among us! God has visited his people! Luke 7:16

Collect of the Day

Jesus, you turned death into life,
turned defeat into victory.
Grant that with your help
we may raise our expectations
and achieve what is yet impossible.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 146 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 17:8–16, (17–24) Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 1:11–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:11–7 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 30 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 17:17–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 1:11–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:11–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 12 and 18 June

Year A

Sentence of the Day

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. Romans 5:1–2

or

The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:37–38

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
by your grace alone
we are accepted and called to your service;
strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and empower our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 18:1–15, (21:1–7) Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:35–10:8, (9–23) Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 100 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 19:2–8a Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:35–10:8, (9–23) Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Collect of the Day

Eternal Father,
your Son Jesus Christ,
now exalted Lord of all,
pours out his gifts on the Church;
grant us that unity which your Spirit gives,
keep us in the bond of peace,
and bring all creation to worship
before your throne;
for you live and reign
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 20 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 15:34–16:13 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 5:6–10, (11–13), 14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 4:26–34 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 17:22–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 5:6–10, (11–13), 14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 4:26–34 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Collect of the Day

Jesus,
receive our love and worship.
Show us how to give you what we have,
for nothing is too big or small
for us to offer, or for you to use;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 5:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 21:1–10, (11–14), 15–21a Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 2:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:36–8:3 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 32 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 11:26–12:10, 13–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 2:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 7:36–8:3 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 19 and 25 June

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for Jesus’ sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

Collect of the Day

Holy God, grant us the beginning of wisdom
and love to cast out every fear:
that we may grow more brave,
more ready to hear,
more ready to obey;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 86:1–10, 16–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 21:8–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 6:1b–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:24–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 69:7–10, (11–15), 16–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 20:7–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 6:1b–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:24–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:41

Collect of the Day

Jesus, Saviour in storm,
when the waters of the deep are broken up,
when the landmarks are washed away or drowned,
come to us across the water.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 9:9–20 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4–11, 19–23), 32–49 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Psalm 133 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 10–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 6:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 4:35–41 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 38:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 6:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 4:35–41 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; and he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
till they find their rest in you;
so lead us by your Spirit
that in this life we may live to your glory
and in the life to come enjoy you for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 42 and 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 19:1–4, (5–7), 8–15a Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 3:23–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 8:26–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 22:19–28 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 65:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 3:23–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 8:26–39 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 26 June and 2 July

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Collect of the Day

Almighty Father,
grant that we your children
may never be ashamed
to confess the faith of Christ crucified,
but continue his faithful servants
to our lives’ end;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 22:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 6:12–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:40–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 89:1–4, 15–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 28:5–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 6:12–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:40–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23

Collect of the Day

Save us, Lord,
from the worship of power or science.
Save us from making you in our image,
and keep us humble.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 130 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 8:7–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 5:21–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 30 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Lamentations 3:23–33 Lookup Reading: NLT
Wisdom 1:13–15; 2:23–24 Lookup Reading: RV
2 Corinthians 8:7–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 5:21–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for Jesus’ sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

Collect of the Day

Jesus crucified, despised and suffering,
you made yourself one with us.
Help us to follow you and bear the shame;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 5:1, 13–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 9:51–62 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 5:1, 13–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 9:51–62 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 3 and 9 July

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,’ says the Lord. ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart.’ Matthew 11:28–29

Collect of the Day

Holy and eternal God,
give us such trust in your sure purpose,
that we measure our lives
not by what we have done or failed to do,
but by our faithfulness to you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 45:10–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Song of Solomon 2:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 7:15–25a Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 145:8–14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zechariah 9:9–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 7:15–25a Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Of Jesus many said, ‘What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!’ Mark 6:2

Collect of the Day

Christ of the new covenant,
give us the happiness to share,
with full measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
all that you give us.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 48 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 12:2–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 123 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 2:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 12:2–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; ask therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2

Collect of the Day

God, you are working still,
breaking down and building up;
open our eyes to discern your hands
so that we may take our place
as labourers together with you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 30 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Kings 5:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 6:(1–6), 7–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:1–11, 16–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 66:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 66:10–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 6:(1–6), 7–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:1–11, 16–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 10 and 16 July

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The words you have spoken are spirit and life, O Lord; you have the words of eternal life. John 6:63, 68

Collect of the Day

Praise to you, God,
for all your work among us.
Yours is the vigour in creation,
yours is the impulse in our new discoveries.
Make us adventurous, yet reverent and hopeful
in all we do.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 119:105–112 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 25:19–34 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 65:(1–8), 9–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 55:10–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Who shall stand in the Lord’s holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their hands to what is false. Psalm 24:3–4

Collect of the Day

God our strength and our hope,
grant us the courage of John the Baptist,
constantly to speak the truth,
boldly to rebuke vice
and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:3–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:14–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 85:8–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 7:7–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:3–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:14–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Luke 6:31, 35

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you teach us in your word
that love is the fulfilling of the law;
grant that we may love you with all our heart
and our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

or

Save us, Jesus, from hurrying away,
because we do not wish to help,
because we know not how to help,
because we dare not.
Inspire us to use our lives
serving one another.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 82 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 7:7–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:25–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 25:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 30:9–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:25–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 17 and 23 July

Year A

Sentence of the Day

You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

Collect of the Day

God of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things,
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us all goodness,
and of your great mercy
keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 28:10–19a Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:12–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 86:11–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Wisdom 12:13, 16–19 Lookup Reading: RV
Romans 8:12–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

As he went ashore, Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

or

‘My sheep hear my voice,’ says the Lord. ‘I know them and they follow me; and I give them eternal life.’ John 10:27–28

Collect of the Day

Father,
imprint upon our hearts
that because we belong to you
no one can pluck us from your hand,
and because we fear you
we need fear no other.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 89:20–37 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 7:1–14a Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:11–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 23:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:11–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:16

Collect of the Day

God of all delight,
grant us that joy
which none can take from us,
of having a work to do,
a life to live;
that joy in believing
which will carry us through.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 52 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 8:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:15–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:38–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 18:1–10a Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:15–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:38–42 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 24 and 30 July

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39

Collect of the Day

God of mercy,
you have blessed us beyond our dreams;
you have set before us promises and perils
beyond our understanding;
help us to struggle and pray
that the perils may be averted
and your promises fulfilled.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 105:1–11, 45b Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 128 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 29:15–28Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:26–39 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 119:129–136 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 3:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 8:26–39 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven,’ says the Lord. ‘Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ John 6:51

Collect of the Day

All-seeing God,
teach us to be open with you about our needs,
to seek your support in our trials,
to admit before you our sins,
and to thank you for all your goodness;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 11:1–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 3:14–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 145:10–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Kings 4:42–44 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 3:14–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Luke 1:9

Collect of the Day

Almighty and merciful God,
more ready to hear than we to pray,
giving more than we desire or deserve;
pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgive those things
of which our conscience is afraid,
and give us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask,
except through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 85 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Hosea 1:2–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 2:6–15, (16–19) Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 11:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 138 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 18:20–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 2:6–15, (16–19) Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 11:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 31 July and 6 August

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desire of all that fear him, hears their cry, and saves them. Psalm 145:18–19

Collect of the Day

God of the hungry,
make us hunger and thirst for the right,
till our thirst for justice has been satisfied
and hunger has gone from the earth.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 17:1–7, 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 32:22–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 9:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 14:13–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 55:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 9:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 14:13–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Isaiah 55:2

Collect of the Day

Heavenly Father,
you see how your children hunger
for food, and fellowship and faith.
Help us to meet one another’s needs
of body mind and spirit,
in the love of Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 51:1–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Samuel 11:26–12:13a Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 4:1–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:24–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 78:23–29 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 4:1–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:24–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Collect of the Day

God of all the earth,
you have given us the heritage
of this good and fertile land;
grant that we may so respect and use it
that others may thank us
for what we leave to them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 107:1–9, 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Hosea 11:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 3:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:13–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 49:1–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 3:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:13–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 7 and 13 August

Year A

Sentence of the Day

They cried out in fear, but Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Matthew 14:26–27

Collect of the Day

Jesus, Saviour in storm,
when the waters of the deep are broken up,
when the landmarks are washed away or drowned,
come to us across the water;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 10:5–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 14:22–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 85:8–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 19:9–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 10:5–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 14:22–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 5:1–2

Collect of the Day

Merciful God,
you gave your only Son
to be a sacrifice for sin
and an example of godly life;
help us gladly to receive
all that he has done for us
and follow in his footsteps;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 130 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 4:25–5:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:35, 41–51 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 34:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 19:4–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 4:25–5:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:35, 41–51 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Watch and be ready, for you do not know on what day our Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42, 44

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God,
by your Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified;
hear the prayers we offer
for all your faithful people
that in the ministry to which you have called us
we may serve you in holiness and truth;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 1:1, 10–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:32–40 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 33:12–22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 15:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:32–40 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 14 and 20 August

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Thus says the Lord, ‘Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.’ Isaiah 56:1

Collect of the Day

Come Holy Spirit with new fire;
when our prayers seem to fail,
when we hear no voice nor any answer,
rouse us and light our way.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 133 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 45:1–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 15:(10–20), 21–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 56:1, 6–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 15:(10–20), 21–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said, ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.’ John 6:56

Collect of the Day

Living host, call us together,
call us to eat and drink with you.
Grant that by your body and your blood
we may be drawn to each other and to you.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 111 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 5:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:51–58 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 34:9–14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 9:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 5:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:51–58 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

‘Is not my word like fire,’ says the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’ Jeremiah 23:29

Collect of the Day

Come Holy Spirit,
to all baptised in your name,
that we may turn to good
whatever lies ahead.
Give us passion, give us fire;
make us transform the world from what it is,
to what you have created it to be.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 5:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 11:29–12:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:49–56 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 82 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 23:23–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 11:29–12:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:49–56 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 21 and 27 August

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Martha said, Yes Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world. John 11:27

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God,
by your Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified;
hear the prayer we offer
for all your faithful people,
that in the ministry to which you have called us
we may serve you in holiness and truth;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 124 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 1:8–2:10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 12:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 16:13–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 138 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 51:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 12:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 16:13–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said, ‘It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.’ John 6:63

Collect of the Day

God of Israel old and new,
write in our hearts the lessons of your law;
prepare our minds to receive the gospel
made visible in your Son Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 84 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10–11),
22–30, 41–43 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 6:10–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:56–69 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 34:15–22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 6:10–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:56–69 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

You, O Lord are my hope, my trust from my youth. Upon you have I leaned since my birth. Psalm 7:5–6

Collect of the Day

Universal and unchanging God,
we are one, unalterably one,
with all the human race.
Grant that we who share Christ’s blood
may, through your unifying Spirit,
break down the walls that divide us.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 71:1–6 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 1:4–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 12:18–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 13:10–7 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 103:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 58:9b–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 12:18–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 13:10–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 28 August and 3 September

Year A

Sentence of the Day

If you want to become a disciple of Jesus, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow him. Matthew 16:24–25

Collect of the Day

God of unchangeable power,
our strength at all times;
guard us from all dangers
and support us in all difficulties
that we may live victoriously now and forever;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 3:1–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 12:9–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 16:21–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 26:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 15:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 12:9–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 16:21–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

Collect of the Day

Gentle Father,
show us our sins as they really are
so that we may truly renounce them
and know the depth and richness of your mercy.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Song of Solomon 2:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 1:17–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 1:17–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:11

or

Let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15

Collect of the Day

Lord, help us to see:
to see what is eternally good and true,
and having seen, to go on searching
until we come to the joys of heaven;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 81:1, 10–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 2:4–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 14:1, 7–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 112 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Sirach 10:12–18 Lookup Reading: RV
or Proverbs 25:6–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 14:1, 7–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 4 and 10 September

Year A

Sentence of the Day

‘Where two or three are gathered in my name,’ says the Lord, ‘I am there among them.’ Matthew 18:20

or

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for whoever loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

Collect of the Day

Creator God,
you have made us
not in one mould, but in many:
so deepen our unity in Christ
that we may rejoice in our diversity.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 149 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 12:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 13:8–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 18:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 119:33–40 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 33:7–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 13:8–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 18:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:12

Collect of the Day

God the strength of all who believe in you,
increase our faith and trust
in your Son Jesus Christ,
that in him we may live victoriously,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 125 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 22:1–2, 8–9, 22–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 2:1–10, (11–13), 14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 7:24–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 146 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 35:4–7a Lookup Reading: NLT
James 2:1–10, (11–13), 14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 7:24–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Whoever does not carry the cross and follow Jesus cannot be his disciple. Luke 14:27

Collect of the Day

Servant God,
grant us opportunity,
give us willingness
to serve you day by day;
that what we do
and how we bear each other’s burdens,
may be our sacrifice to you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 18:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philemon 1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 14:25–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 1 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philemon 1–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 14:25–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 11 and 17 September

Year A

Sentence of the Day

If you, O Lord, should note what we do wrong, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. Psalm 130:34

Collect of the Day

God of infinite mercy
grant that we who know your pity
may rejoice in your forgiveness
and gladly forgive others
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 114 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Exodus 15:1b–11, 20–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Exodus 14:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 14:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 18:21–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 103:(1–7), 8–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 50:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 14:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 18:21–35 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for the sake of the gospel will save it. Mark 8:35

Collect of the Day

Holy and eternal God,
give us such trust in your sure purpose,
that we measure our lives
not by what we have done or failed to do,
but by our faithfulness to you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or for the Psalm: Wisdom 7:26–8:1 Lookup Reading: RV
Proverbs 1:20–33 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 3:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 8:27–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 116:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 50:4–9a Lookup Reading: NLT
James 3:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 8:27–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Collect of the Day

Loving God,
in Jesus you gather us into your family;
confidently we call you Father;
may your Spirit bring us to share
the glorious liberty of your children.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 1:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 15:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 51:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 32:7–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 1:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 15:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 18 and 24 September

Year A

Sentence of the Day

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8–9

Collect of the Day

God, you have given us a lodging in this world
but not an abiding city.
Help us, as a pilgrim people, to endure hardness,
knowing that at the end of our journey
Christ has prepared a place for us.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 16:2–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 1:21–30 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 20:1–16 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 145:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jonah 3:10–4:11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 1:21–30 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 20:1–16 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. Mark 9:35

Collect of the Day

Give us, we pray you gentle God,
a mind forgetful of past injury,
a will to seek the good in others
and a heart of love;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 1 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 31:10–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 3:13–4:3, 7–8a Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 9:30–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 54 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Wisdom 1:16–2:1, 12–22 Lookup Reading: RV
or Jeremiah 11:18–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 3:13–4:3, 7–8a Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 9:30–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
fount of all wisdom, crown of all knowledge;
give us eyes to see
and minds to understand your marvelous works,
that we may know you through your handiwork
and use your creations to your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 79:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 2:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 16:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 113 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 8:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 2:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 16:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 25 September and 1 October

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Come, let us return to the Lord, that we may live before him. Hosea 6:1a, 2b

Collect of the Day

Merciful God,
you gave your only Son
to be both a sacrifice for sin
and an example for godly life;
help us gladly to receive
all that has been done for us
and follow in his footsteps;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 17:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 2:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 21:23–32 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 25:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 2:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 21:23–32 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can it be seasoned? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another. Mark 9:50

Collect of the Day

God of grace and goodness,
you know that by reason of our frailty we cannot but fail;
keep us always under your protection
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 124 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 5:13–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 9:38–50 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 19:7–14 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
James 5:13–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 9:38–50 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you alone are our true judge,
for you know what we are,
you know what we should be,
and with you there is mercy.
Give us feeling for what is right;
set us on fire to see that right is done.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 6:6–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 16:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 146 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 6:1a, 4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Timothy 6:6–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 16:19–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 2 and 8 October

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Forgetting what lies behind and straining for what lies ahead, let us press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b–14

or

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Matthew 21:42

Collect of the Day

Merciful God,
in Christ you make all things new;
transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 19 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 3:4b–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 21:33–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 80:7–15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 5:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 3:4b–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 21:33–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. Mark 10:15

Collect of the Day

God, the mother and father of us all,
you have created families and love of every kind.
Give us courage to listen to each other and to learn,
and grant us the gentle blessing
which a home can give.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 26 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 1:1; 2:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:2–16 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 2:18–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:2–16 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Who is the greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? But I am among you as one who serves. Luke 22:27

Collect of the Day

Holy God,
holy and strong, holy and immortal,
keep us under the protection of your good providence,
and help us continually
to revere and love your holy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

For the Psalm: Lamentations 3:19–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Psalm 137 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Lamentations 1:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 1:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 17:5–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 37:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 1:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 17:5–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 9 and 15 October

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, let us press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b–14

or

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Matthew 21:42

Collect of the Day

Living host,
call us together,
call us to eat and drink with you.
Grant that by your body and your blood
we may be drawn to each other and to you.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 106:1–6, 19–23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 32:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 4:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 25:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 4:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age, and in the age to come eternal life. Mark 10:29–30

Collect of the Day

God of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things,
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish in us all goodness,
and of your great mercy
keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 22:1–15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 23:1–9, 16–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 4:12–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:17–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 90:12–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 4:12–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:17–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116:12–14

Collect of the Day

God of compassion,
deepen and increase our love for you
so that we may leave behind the sins
from which you have redeemed us,
and serve you in perfect freedom.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 66:1–12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 2:8–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 17:11–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 111 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 2:8–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 17:11–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 16 and 22 October

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21

Collect of the Day

God of nations,
help us to reflect and share
the goodness that surrounds us.
Help us to win justice for poor and rich alike,
and bring trust and friendship
to all our different races;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 99 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 33:12–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:15–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 96:9, (10–13) Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 45:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:15–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Collect of the Day

Eternal God,
you have given us one baptism
for the remission of sins;
grant that we who are born of water and the Spirit
and made members of Christ,
may be one in inward faith
and outward service;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 104:1–9, 24, 35c Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 38:1–7, (34–41) Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 5:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:35–45 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 91:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 53:4–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 5:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:35–45 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Will not God grant justice to those who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? Luke 18:7–8

Collect of the Day

Mighty God,
strong, loving and wise,
help us to depend upon your goodness
and to place our trust in your Son;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 119:97–104 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 31:27–34 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 3:14–4:5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 18:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 121 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 32:22–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 3:14–4:5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 18:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 23 and 29 October

Year A

Sentence of the Day

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37–40

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you teach us in your word
that love is the fulfilment of the law:
grant that we may love you with all our heart
and our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 34:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:34–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 1 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 22:34–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. Isaiah 51:11

Collect of the Day

We praise you, God,
that the light of Christ shines in our darkness
and is never overcome;
show us the way we must go to eternal day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 34:1–8, (19–22) Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 42:1–6, 10–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 7:23–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:46–52 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 126 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 31:7–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 7:23–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 10:46–52 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. Luke 18:17

or

Sell all that you own, and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. Luke 18:22

Collect of the Day

Jesus our Lord,
you have taught us that judgement
begins at the house of God;
save us from our self-satisfaction,
rigidity and corruption,
so that we may stand ready to do your will;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 65 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joel 2:23–32 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 18:9–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 84:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Sirach 35:12–17 Lookup Reading: RV
or Jeremiah 14:7–10, 19–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 18:9–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 30 October and 5 November

Year A

Sentence of the Day

The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:11–12

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
give your people grace to withstand
the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil,
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you,
the one true God;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joshua 3:7–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 2:9–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 23:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 43 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Micah 3:5–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 2:9–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 23:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29–31

Collect of the Day

Jesus Christ,
you have taught us
that what we do to each other, we do to you;
make us quick to help and slow to hurt,
knowing that in our neighbour it is you
who receive our love or our neglect.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 146 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ruth 1:1–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 9:11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 12:28–34 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 119:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Deuteronomy 6:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 9:11–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 12:28–34 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Today salvation has come to this house, for the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

Collect of the Day

Lord of the Church,
you have called us to witness in every nation.
May we do your work and bear your cross,
await your time and see your glory.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 119:137–144 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 19:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 32:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 1:10–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 19:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 6 and 12 November

Year A

Sentence of the Day

Watch and be ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42,44

Collect of the Day

Father,
let us not serve you grudgingly like slaves,
but with the gladness of children
who delight in you
and rejoice in their work;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 78:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

For the Psalm: Wisdom 6:17–20 Lookup Reading: RV
or Psalm 70 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Wisdom 6:12–16 Lookup Reading: RV
or Amos 5:18–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Luke 6:38

Collect of the Day

God of all delight, grant us that joy
which none can take from us,
of having a work to do,
a life to live;
that joy in believing
which will carry us through temptation,
anxiety and grief.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 127 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ruth 3:1–5; 4:13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 9:24–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 12:38–44 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 146 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
1 Kings 17:8–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 9:24–28 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 12:38–44 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ says the Lord. ‘Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ John 11:25–26

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
and set us free from the bondage of sin;
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all your people may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 145:1–5, 17–21 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Haggai 1:15b–2:9 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 20:27–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 17:1–9 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 19:23–27a Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 20:27–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday between 13 and 19 November

Year A

Sentence of the Day

God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:9–11

Collect of the Day

We pray you, Jesus,
take the old water, our busy conscientious lives,
and turn them into gospel wine,
that everyone may see your life and thirst;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 123 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Judges 4:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:14–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 90:1–8, (9–11), 12 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:14–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed. 1 Samuel 2:10

Collect of the Day

God, our ruler and guide,
when we come to the place where the road divides,
keep us true to the way of Christ,
alive to the present opportunities,
and confident of eternal life.
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

For the Psalm: 1 Samuel 2:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Samuel 1:4–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 10:11–14, (15–18), 19–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 13:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Daniel 12:1–3 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 10:11–14, (15–18), 19–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 13:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you alone can bring order
to our unruly wills and affections;
give us grace to love what you command
and desire what you promise,
that in all the changes and chances
of this uncertain world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

For the Psalm: Isaiah 12 Lookup Reading: NLT
Isaiah 65:17–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 21:5–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 98 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Malachi 4:1–2a Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 21:5–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday before Advent

Year A

Sentence of the Day

O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his face with songs of joy. Psalm 100:1

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
the Redeemer of all who trust in you;
give heed to the cry of your people,
deliver us from the bondage of sin
that we may serve you in perfect freedom
and rejoice in your unfailing love;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 100 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:15–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:31–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 95:1–7a Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:15–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:31–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year B

Sentence of the Day

Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing! Revelation 5:12

Collect of the Day

Christ our Redeemer,
you have crushed the serpent’s head;
you have freed us from our sin;
rescue all your suffering world from evil
that attracts us still.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 132:1–12, (13–18) Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Samuel 23:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 1:4b–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 18:33–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 93 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 1:4b–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 18:33–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Year C

Sentence of the Day

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

Collect of the Day

Living Christ,
you are risen from the dead.
Love reigns!
You are stronger than death;
raise our eyes to see you
as the new day dawns;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

For the Psalm: Luke 1:68–79 Lookup Reading: NLT
Jeremiah 23:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:11–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 23:33–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 46 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 23:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Colossians 1:11–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 23:33–43 Lookup Reading: NLT

Other Feasts and Saints’ Days

The Naming of Jesus
1 January

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among us by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Collects of the Day

We thank you, Lord God, for the gift of your Son
whom you commanded to be called Jesus;
grant that we may so honour his name on earth,
that others may be led to him who alone is Lord and Saviour.
Amen.

Praise to you, Christ our Redeemer
for you were circumcised this day
and given Jesus as your name.
Praise to you, Jesus, well are you named
for you save us from our sins.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Numbers 6:22–27 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Philippians 2:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 4:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

New Year’s Day
1 January

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among us by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Collects of the Day

Eternal God,
to whom a thousand years are no more than a moment;
renew us in your Holy Spirit,
so that we may serve you with courage
while we have life and breath;
through the grace of Jesus your Son our Saviour.
Amen.

God of time and eternity,
as we enter this new year
day by day
open us to your new age.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Ecclesiastes 3:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 21:1–6a Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:31–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

The Conversion of Saint Paul
25 January

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what he has entrusted to me. 2 Timothy 1:12

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
you have caused the light of the gospel
to shine throughout the world
through the preaching of your servant Paul;
grant that we who remember his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Convert us,
Jesus the persecuted,
as you converted Paul
and sent him as apostle to the world.
May our love, our prayers, our suffering
carry your gospel at whatever cost
to all who wait to hear it.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 1:4–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 9:1–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 19:27–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 9:1–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 1:11–16a Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 19:27–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
2 February

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:23–24

Collects of the Day

Everliving God,
your Son Jesus Christ was presented as a child in the temple
to be the hope of your people;
grant us pure hearts and minds
that we may be transformed into his likeness,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Holy God,
they brought the little Christ to his Father’s house,
with peasant gifts, to consecrate him;
grant to us, little or great,
that consecration;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 24:(1–6), 7–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Malachi 3:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 2:14–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 2:22–40 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

We have called to mind your steadfast love O God in the midst of your temple. As your name is great O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with victory. Psalm 48:9–10

The Holy Innocents
16 February (alternative date)

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Collects of the Day

Holy Father,
your Son was saved from the slaughter of infants
at the hand of Herod;
grant that we may never be indifferent
to the sufferings of your children,
but may bring them help and compassion
in your unfailing love;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Loving Jesus,
let the tears of Rachel express our desolation,
let her weep for battered babies and clinical deformity,
weep for human cruelty and ignorance and arrogance.
Loving Jesus, may we weep with her,
may we see what we are doing,
what is happening to us;
help us repair it soon.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 124 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 31:15–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:26–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 2:13–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from humanity as first fruits for God and the Lamb. Revelation 14:4

Saint Matthias the Apostle
24 February

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

You have not chosen me, I have chosen you, says the Lord. Go and bear fruit that will last. John 15:16

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
your faithful apostle Matthias
was chosen in place of Judas;
grant that your Church may be saved from false teachers
and guided by faithful and true pastors,
to the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Holy Spirit,
grant to us who serve your Church
to mend what is spoiled,
to strengthen what is sound,
and to follow you
wherever and however you may lead.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 22:15–25 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 1:15–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:9–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 1:15–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 4:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:9–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

One of them must become with us a witness of the resurrection of Jesus. Acts 1:22

The Annunciation of our Saviour
to the Blessed Virgin Mary
25 March

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Mary said, ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ Luke 1:38

Collects of the Day

God of grace,
grant that Mary’s obedience may inspire us
to obey your will
and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as Lord;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God for ever.
Amen.

Father of love,
through your most Holy Spirit,
Mary the Jewish girl conceived your Son;
may his beauty, his humanity,
his all-transforming grace be born in us,
and may we never despise the strange and stirring gentleness
of your almighty power.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 40:5–11 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 7:10–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 10:4–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:26–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

And Mary said, ‘From this day all generations will call me blessed; for you O Most Mighty have done great things for me, and holy is your name.’ Luke 1:48–49 (adapted)

Saint Mark the Evangelist
26 April

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Go out into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
by your grace John Mark rose above failure,
and proved useful in your service;
grant that we may steadfastly abide in Christ,
and be fruitful in good works,
to the honour of your name.
Amen.

When new fashions, new ideas, new fears,
burst on us, unchanging God,
grant us then to know with Mark the evangelist,
that Christ is risen and the gospel stands.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:9–16 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 15:28–33 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 15:35–41 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 4:7–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Mark 13:5–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him as he told you. Mark 16:7

Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles
1 May

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said, ‘Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.’ John 14:13

Collects of the Day

Merciful God,
whom truly to know is eternal life;
teach us to know your Son Jesus Christ
as the way, the truth and the life
that, following in the steps of your apostles Philip and James,
we may walk in the way that leads to eternal life;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

God, whose work is never done,
look on us with Philip, James,
and all the countless millions
who have served you, and who serve you still.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 30:15–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:3–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 14:1–14 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

O Lord the heavens proclaim your wonders; and the council of the holy ones praises your faithfulness. Psalm 89:5

Saint John the Evangelist
6 May (alternative date)

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

The life was made visible, we have seen it, and bear our testimony; we here declare to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. 1 John 1:2

Collects of the Day

God our Father,
we praise you for John, your evangelist,
whose gospel reveals the mystery of the Word made flesh;
grant that, enlightened by his teaching,
we may walk in the way of your truth,
and finally come to the light of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Jesus, new beginning, heavenly bread, living water,
we hear the word of life,
we see and grasp the truth;
help us to proclaim it.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 117 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 33:7–11a Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 1:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 21:19b–25 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus. John 13:23

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
31 May

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

The Lord has lifted up the lowly and has filled the hungry with good things. Luke 1:52–53

Collects of the Day

Everloving God,
by your grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary
and hailed her as the mother of the Lord.
Fill us with your grace,
that we may acclaim her Son as our Saviour
and rejoice in our fellowship with him;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

God of the humble and expectant,
you bless those who believe when you promise;
help us, like Mary and Elizabeth,
simply to delight
in the good things you prepare for us,
to say, ‘Yes.’
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 113 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zephaniah 3:14–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 12:9–16b Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:39–49 (50–56) Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord’s promise would be fulfilled. Luke 1:45

Saint Barnabas the Apostle
11 June

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

When Barnabas came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose. Acts 11:23

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
we remember today your servant Barnabas,
whose great joy was to proclaim your love;
grant us also the gift of your Holy Spirit,
to bring others to know your goodness,
to encourage the faint hearted
and to minister to those in need;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Holy and humble Spirit,
we thank you for Barnabas
who went to seek for Saul;
grant us the integrity and perception
to recognise the one you choose.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Readings
Continuous

Psalm 112 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Job 29:11–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 11:19–30 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Related

Psalm 112 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Acts 11:19–30 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 2:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:12–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. Acts 11:24

Saint John the Baptist
24 June

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came to bear witness to the light. John 1:6–7

Collects of the Day

God our strength and our hope,
grant us the courage of John the Baptist,
constantly to speak the truth,
boldly to rebuke vice
and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Terror and doom, and wrath to come,
John your herald preached
to bring us to repentance;
open our eyes, almighty God,
show us our sin,
and grant us forgiveness.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 85:7–13 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 40:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Act 13:14b–26 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Galatians 3:23–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:57–66, 80 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

You will go before the Lord to prepare the way, to give God’s people knowledge of salvation. Luke 1:76–77

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles, Martyrs
29 June

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11–12

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
we thank you for your servants Peter and Paul,
leaders of your Church and martyrs for your name;
fill us like them with your Spirit
that we may follow in the way of Jesus Christ
who endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is at your right hand,
now and for ever.
Amen.

God of the new and the old,
we praise you for Peter and Paul,
for the Church their leadership has established,
and for all we have received from them;
grant that we, like them,
may recognise our moment when it comes
and choose for you.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

God of grace,
your Church is built on Peter’s faith;
grant that we, like him, forgiven and restored,
may overcome our weakness
and serve you without wavering,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 125 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Zechariah 4:1–6a, 10b–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 12:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 12:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
or 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 16:13–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

By God’s power Paul was made an apostle to the Gentiles, just as Peter was made an apostle to the Jews. Galatians 2:8 (adapted)

Saint Thomas, Apostle, Martyr
3 July (alternative date)

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day
Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ John 20:29

Collects of the Day

Almighty and everliving God,
your Son’s resurrection was doubted
by the apostle Thomas;
grant that though we cannot see Jesus,
we may learn to put our whole trust in him,
our Lord and our God.
Amen.

Christ our light,
like Thomas we need to see,
need to touch,
need to be sure before we believe.
When we don’t know, help us to trust;
when we can’t see, help us to keep on walking.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 31:1–6 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Habakkuk 2:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:19–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:24–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ John 20:27

Saint Mary Magdalene
22 July

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said to Mary, ‘Go to my friends and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ John 20:17

Collects of the Day

Merciful God,
your Son restored Mary Magdalene to health
of body and mind
and called her to be a witness
of his resurrection;
heal us and make us whole
that we may serve you
in the power of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sweet is your friendship, Saviour Christ;
Mary you accepted,
Mary you drew to the foot of the cross,
Mary you met in the garden;
grant us a like redemption.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 42:1–10 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Song of Solomon 3:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 5:14–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:1–2, 11–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). John 20:16

Saint James and Saint John, Apostles
25 July

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said, ‘In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33b

Collects of the Day

Grant to us, merciful God,
that as James and John left their father
and all that they had
to follow your Son Jesus Christ,
so may we be ready to follow,
even unto death,
to the glory of your name.
Amen.

Grant us, Christ our life,
the courage of James and John, your friends,
to undergo your baptism,
to drink the cup you drank,
to follow you, even to the place of death.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

These collects may be used omitting the references to John.

Readings

Psalm 126 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 45:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:7–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 20:20–28 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said to them, ‘You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’ Matthew 20:23

Saint Stephen, the first Christian Martyr
3 August (alternative date)

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Stephen said, ‘I can see heaven open, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.’ Acts 7:56

Collects of the Day

Merciful God,
give us grace in all our sufferings for the truth
to follow the example
of your martyr Stephen,
that we also may look to him who was crucified
and pray for those who persecute us;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Jesus,
your glory is not in power alone
but even more in suffering and death;
may Stephen’s vision
crown our resolution and keep us true;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:161–168 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Chronicles 24:20–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 7:51–60 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 7:51–60 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Galatians 2:16b–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:17–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8

The Transfiguration of the Beloved Son
6 August

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

One thing I have asked of the Lord, which I long for: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on your beauty O Lord: and to seek you in your temple. Psalm 27:4–5

Collects of the Day

Jesus, your justice goes beyond the ancient law,
your wisdom embodies all prophetic insight;
make us glad to be yours,
and able to follow you to Jerusalem;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

God of life and glory,
your Son was revealed in splendour
before he suffered death upon the cross;
grant that we, beholding his majesty,
may be strengthened to follow him
and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory;
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

God of glory,
you gave the vision of your Son
to those who watched on the mountain;
grant that by our glimpses of him
we may be changed into his glorious likeness;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 97 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Peter 1:16–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 9:28b–36 Lookup Reading: NLT

Saint Mary, the Mother of Jesus
15 August

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

The Angel Gabriel came to her and said, ‘Hail, O favoured one!’ Luke 1:28a

Collects of the Day

God of love,
you chose the blessed virgin Mary
to be the mother of your only Son;
grant that we who have been redeemed by his blood,
may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Jesus, your birth is wonderful
and your mother is the most beloved woman of all time.
Help all of us who believe in you
to honour each other equally,
whatever our gender,
whatever our ability,
whatever our social state may be;
to the honour of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 45:10–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 61:10–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Revelation 11:19–12:6, 10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Galatians 4:4–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 1:46–55 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Hail, O favoured one, the Lord is with you! The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Luke 1:28, 35

Saint Bartholomew (Nathanael), Apostle
24 August

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

What we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
grant that as the apostle Bartholomew truly believed
and preached the word of life,
so now your Church may continually hear and proclaim
the gospel of Jesus Christ,
to the glory of your name.
Amen.

Bestow upon us, Lord,
the grace of the honest and open heart
which you gave to Bartholomew,
so that we may rightly discern the truth
and willingly believe in your Son Jesus Christ.
Hear this prayer for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 145:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 43:8–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 5:12–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 5:12–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
or 1 Corinthians 4:9–15 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 22:24–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

When Jesus saw Nathanael he said, ‘Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false!’ John 1:47

Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
1 September

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Call to remembrance O Lord your tender care and the unfailing love which you have shown from of old. Psalm 25:5

Collects of the Day

Everlasting God,
your messengers have carried the good news of Christ
to the ends of the earth;
grant that we who commemorate
the builders of your Church in these islands
may know the truth of the gospel in our hearts
and build well on the foundations they have laid;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

God of every generation
that has been and is yet to be,
we praise and thank you
for those who have served and shaped
your Church beneath the Southern Cross;
in our day raise up prophets and visionaries
to bring us new insights, new challenges
and renewed confidence in you and the gospel of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 126; 145 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Sirach 44:1–15 Lookup Reading: RV
or Proverbs 8:1–13 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 3:11–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Come to him, our living stone; come and let yourselves be built as living stones into a spiritual temple. 1 Peter 2:4–6 (adapted)

Holy Cross Day
14 September

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world is crucified to us and we to the world. Galatians 6:14

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
in the passion of your blessed Son
you made an instrument of shameful death
to be for us the means of life;
grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ
that we may gladly suffer for his sake,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Jesus, crucified and risen,
you have turned a criminal’s cross
into release and reconciliation.
Let us who are marked with the cross
be not ashamed to witness to you;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 98:1–5 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 78:1–2, 34–38 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Numbers 21:4b–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:18–24 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 3:13–17 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said, ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.’ John 12:32

Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist
21 September

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19–20

Collects of the Day

Gracious and eternal God,
through your Son Jesus Christ
you called Matthew from his place of business
to be an apostle and evangelist;
free us from all greed and selfish love of money
that we may follow in the steps of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Jesus, Word of God, may we hear your call
to lay aside sharp practices and ruthlessness;
and still, like Matthew, to love
all those with whom we live and work;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:65–72 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Proverbs 3:13–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:9–13 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

Saint Michael and All Angels
29 September

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

I looked, and heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands. Revelation 5:11

Collects of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God,
whom we adore with all the angelic host,
may we always rejoice in your heavenly protection
and serve you faithfully in this present life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Make us your messengers, Jesus,
make us the guardians of your faith,
and grant us also that great and ancient vision
Michael,
numberless angels
the dazzling host of heaven
to accompany and inspire us for all time;
to the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 103:19–22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 28:10–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Revelation 12:7–12a Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 12:7–12a Lookup Reading: NLT
or Hebrews 1:5–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 1:47–51 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

O praise the Lord all you angels, you mighty ones who do God’s bidding; and heed the command of the Most High. Psalm 103:20

Saint Luke the Evangelist
18 October

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good tidings of salvation. Isaiah 52:7

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
you inspired Luke the physician to proclaim
the love and healing power of your Son;
give your Church grace through his teaching
to strengthen the afflicted,
heal the desolate
and bind up the broken-hearted;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Jesus, the crucified,
let not our feet take us from suffering
to the other side of the road;
keep us, with Luke,
helpers, healers and bearers of hope.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 147:1–7 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 35:3–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 16:6–12a Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Timothy 4:5–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ Luke 5:31

Saint James of Jerusalem,
Brother of our Lord
23 October

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

How good and pleasant a thing it is when God’s people live together in unity. Psalm 133:1

Collects of the Day

Grant, O God,
that following the example of your servant James,
the brother of our Lord,
your Church may give itself continually
to prayer and to the reconciliation
of all who are at variance and enmity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

God of revelation and reform,
we thank you for James
and his change from unbelief
to knowing Jesus, his brother, as Saviour,
and dying for his faith.
Grant that when we are wrong
we may trust you enough to change.
to the honour of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:65–72 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Genesis 33:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 15:12–22a Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:53–58 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

The risen Christ appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:7

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
28 October

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
your Church is built on the foundation
of the apostles and prophets
with Christ our Lord as the cornerstone;
grant that, united with them in faith and love,
we may be part of that living temple
which is being built to your glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Your Church, Christ Jesus,
is home for the Judes and Simons,
recognition for the unregarded,
hope for the hopeless,
fulfilment for the obscure.
Make us proud of those whom you call friend.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:89–96 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 28:14–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:19–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:17–27 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

But you, my friends, must build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Jude 20

All Saints Day
1 November

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Know what is the hope to which God has called you, what are the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of God’s power in us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19

Collects of the Day

Almighty God,
your saints are one with you
in the mystical body of Christ;
give us grace to follow them
in all virtue and holiness
until we come to those inexpressible joys
which you have prepared for those
who truly love you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Eternal God,
you have always taken men and women
of every nation, age and colour
and made them saints;
like them, transformed,
like them, baptised in Jesus’ name,
take us to share your glory;
where you reign one God for ever.
Amen.

Readings for Year A

Psalm 34:1–10, 22 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Revelation 7:9–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 3:1–3 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:1–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

Readings for Year B

Psalm 24 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Wisdom 3:1–9 Lookup Reading: RV
or Isaiah 25:6–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Revelation 21:1–6a Lookup Reading: NLT
John 11:32–44 Lookup Reading: NLT

Readings for Year C

Psalm 149 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 1:11–23 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 6:20–31 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now they are being crowned, and receive palms. 2 Esdras 2:45

All Souls Day
2 November

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Collects of the Day

Merciful God,
your Son is the resurrection and the life
of all the faithful;
raise us from the death of sin
to the life of righteousness,
that at the last,
with all your faithful servants,
we may come to your eternal joy;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Jesus Christ,
Lord of the living and dead;
With each generation
Your body of believers grows and grows.
Thank you for all who have gone before us,
For what they achieved and what they learned.
Give us strength to do your will,
to be your body now;
to the honour of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 23 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Lamentations 3:17–26, 31–33 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 5:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 5:19–25 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Psalm 27:1–6, 16–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Wisdom 3:1–9 Lookup Reading: RV
1 Peter 1:3–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 6:37–40 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said, ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.’ John 12:32

Saint Andrew, Apostle, Martyr
30 November

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Andrew said, ‘Here are five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’ John 6:9

Collects of the Day

Everliving God,
your apostle Andrew obeyed the call of your Son
and followed him without delay;
grant that we like him may give ourselves readily
to do what you command;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Jesus, when you call
may we like Andrew leave our nets,
our home, our everything, to follow you.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 19:1–6 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Isaiah 52:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 10:12–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 4:18–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Andrew first found his brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah,’ and he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41–42

Saint Thomas the Apostle
21 December or 3 July

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ John 20:29

Collects of the Day

Almighty and everliving God,
your Son’s resurrection was doubted
by the apostle Thomas;
grant that though we cannot see Jesus,
we may learn to put our whole trust in him,
our Lord and our God;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Christ our light,
like Thomas we need to see,
need to touch,
need to be sure before we believe.
When we don’t know, help us to trust;
when we can’t see, help us to keep on walking.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 31:1–6 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Habakkuk 2:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 2:19–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 20:24–29 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ John 20:27

Saint Stephen, the first Christian Martyr
26 December or 3 August

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

Stephen said, ‘I can see heaven open, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.’ Acts 7:56

Collects of the Day

Merciful God, give us grace, in all our sufferings for the truth
to follow the example
of your martyr Stephen,
that we also may look to him who was crucified
and pray for those who persecute us;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

Jesus,
your glory is not in power alone
but even more in suffering and death;
may Stephen’s vision
crown our resolution and keep us true;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 119:161–168 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
2 Chronicles 24:20–22 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Acts 7:51–61 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 7:51–60 Lookup Reading: NLT
or Galatians 2:16b–20 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:17–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8

Saint John the Evangelist
27 December or 6 May

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

The life was made visible, we have seen it, and bear our testimony; we here declare to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. 1 John 1:2

Collects of the Day

God our Father,
we praise you for John, your evangelist,
whose gospel reveals the mystery of the Word made flesh;
grant that, enlightened by his teaching,
we may walk in the way of your truth,
and finally come to the light of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Jesus,
new beginning, heavenly bread, living water,
we hear the word of life,
we see and grasp the truth;
help us to proclaim it.
Hear this prayer for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 117 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Exodus 33:7–11a Lookup Reading: NLT
1 John 1:1–5 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 21:19b–25 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus. John 13:23

The Holy Innocents
28 December or 16 February

Years A, B, C

Sentence of the Day

I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Collects of the Day

Holy Father,
your Son was saved from the slaughter of infants
at the hand of Herod;
grant that we may never be indifferent
to the sufferings of your children,
but may bring them help and compassion
in your unfailing love;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever.
Amen.

Loving Jesus,
let the tears of Rachel express our desolation,
let her weep for battered babies and clinical deformity,
weep for human cruelty and ignorance and arrogance.
Loving Jesus, may we weep with her,
may we see what we are doing,
what is happening to us;
help us repair it soon.
Praise to you our God; you answer prayer.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 124 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
Jeremiah 31:15–17 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 1:26–29 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 2:13–18 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post-Communion Sentence

It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from humanity as first fruits for God and the Lamb. Revelation 14:4

Other Special Days

Regional Commemorations (see page 9)

Sentence

Praise the Lord all you nations, acclaim the Most High all you peoples; for great is God’s love for us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever. Psalm 117:1, 2

Collects

Almighty God,
you call witnesses from every nation
and reveal your glory in their lives;
make us thankful for their example,
and strengthen us by their fellowship
that like them we may be faithful
in the service of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of earth and heaven,
on your Church the sun is always rising;
we commend to you our sisters and brothers in ...
Be with them in the work they do,
as you are with us.

Psalms

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 87 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Isaiah 52:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:5–12Lookup Reading: NLT
John 12:20–26 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Sirach 2:10–18 Lookup Reading: RV
Hebrews 11:32–12:2 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:16–27 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Sirach 44:1–15 Lookup Reading: RV
Hebrews 13:7, 8, 15, 16 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 17:18–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

You Lord have made known your victory; you have displayed your saving power to all the nations. Psalm 98:3 (adapted)

For a Martyr

Sentence

Those who want to save their life will lose it; but those who lose their life for the sake of Christ and the gospel will save it. Mark 8:35

Collects

Everloving God,
by your grace and power
your holy martyr N triumphed over suffering
and was faithful even to death;
strengthen us with your grace
that we may faithfully witness
to Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Jesus our Redeemer,
you gave your life to ransom us;
you have called us to drink your cup
and undergo your baptism.
Thank you for N’s witness;
may we have faith and resolution too.

Almighty God,
you gave your servant N
courage to confess Jesus Christ
and to die for this faith;
may we always be ready
to give a reason for the hope that is in us
and to suffer gladly for Christ’s sake.

Psalms

Psalm 3 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 116 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

2 Chronicles 24:17–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Hebrews 11:32–40 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 10:16–22 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Isaiah 43:1–7 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 4:12–19 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:2–12 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Wisdom 3:1–9 Lookup Reading: RV
Revelation 12:10–12 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 15:18–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

Blessed are those who have suffered for the cause of right, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:10

For a Bishop or Pastor

Sentence

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good tidings, who publish salvation. Isaiah 52:7

Collects

Good and gracious God,
the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls,
you set your servant N to be a bishop/priest in your Church
to feed your sheep with your word
and to guide them by her/his example;
give us grace to keep the faith s/he taught
and to follow in her/his footsteps.

Good Shepherd, king of love,
accept our thanks and praise
for all the love and care we have received;
and for your servant, N.
May our care for each other grow constantly
more reverent and more discerning.

Psalms

Psalm 15 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 99 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Jeremiah 1:4–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 20:28–35 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 24:42–47 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Ezekiel 3:16–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 10:11–16 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Ezekiel 34:11–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Peter 5:1–4 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 21:15–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

Jesus said to Peter, ‘Feed my sheep.’ John 21:15

For a Missionary

Sentence

Proclaim God’s glory to the nations, God’s marvellous deeds to all the peoples. For the Lord is great and highly to be praised. Psalm 96:3, 4

Collects

Everlasting God,
you have sent your messengers
to carry the good news of Christ
into the world;
grant that we who commemorate N
may know the hope of the gospel in our hearts
and show forth its light in all our ways;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus, incarnate God,
good news for all who have ears to hear;
thank you for N,
and for all who bring the gospel to ....
Hasten the time, we pray,
when the earth is filled with your glory
as the waters cover the sea.

Almighty God,
we thank you for N,
whom you called to preach the gospel
to the people of .....
Raise up in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may make known
the immeasurable riches of our Saviour Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

Psalms

Psalm 67 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 96 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Isaiah 49:1–6 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 16:6–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 9:35–38 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Isaiah 52:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Acts 17:22–31 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 28:16–20 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Isaiah 61:1–3 Lookup Reading: NLT
Romans 15:17–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 10:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

To all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak. Jeremiah 1:7b

For a Teacher or Confessor of the Faith

Sentence

Jesus said, ‘Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.’ John 12:26

Collects

Almighty God,
you have enlightened your Church
by the teaching of your servantN;
enrich it evermore with your heavenly grace,
and raise up faithful witnesses,
who by their life and teaching
may proclaim to all people
the truth of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ, invincible light of the world,
thank you for N,
and for all whose vision has enlightened us
and brought us near to you.
Keep us imaginative, expectant
and willing to learn,
so that we may come even closer to the light.

Psalms

Psalm 34:11–17 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 119:97–104 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Nehemiah 8:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 2:6–16 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 5:13–19 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Proverbs 4:1–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
1 Corinthians 3:5–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 13:52–58 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Sirach 39:1–10 Lookup Reading: RV
Timothy 4:1–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
John 16:12–15 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31, 32

For a Monastic or Other Religious

Sentence

You Lord are all that I have; I have promised to keep your Word. I have sought your favour with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promises. Psalm 119:57, 58

Collects

Gracious and eternal God,
by your grace N,
kindled with the fire of your love,
became a burning and a shining light in your Church;
inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love
that we may always walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus, Son of God,
thank you for N, and for all
who strive for holiness;
grant us also a readiness to strive
and an obedience to suffer,
for the joy of being one with you.

Psalms

Psalm 27:1–8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 119:161–168 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

1 Kings 19:9–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 6:1–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 6:24–33 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21 Lookup Reading: NLT
Philippians 3:7–14 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 19:23–30 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Jeremiah 17:7–10 Lookup Reading: NLT
3 John 2–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 12:32–37 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

Jesus said, ‘Anyone who has left brothers or sisters, father, mother, or children, land or houses for the sake of my name will be repaid many times over, and given eternal life.’ Matthew 19:29

For Any Saint

Sentence

Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not set their minds on falsehood, or sworn and deceitful oath, shall receive blessing from the Lord and recompense from God their saviour. Psalm 24:4, 5

Collects

Almighty God,
you have built up your Church
through the love and devotion of your saints;
we give you thanks for your servant N
whom we commemorate today.
Inspire us to follow her/his example
that like her/him we may in our day rejoice
in the vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus, founder and member
of the reconciled society,
thank you for N,
whom you called to a forgiving and forgiven life,
and for the success
with which you crowned her/his work.
May we too reflect the glory
we receive from you.

Almighty God,
by your grace
you surround us with so great a cloud of witnesses;
may we, encouraged by the example of your servant N,
persevere and run the race you set before us,
until at last, through your mercy,
we with her/him attain to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalms

Psalm 34 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 119:1-8 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Proverbs 8:1–11 Lookup Reading: NLT
2 Corinthians 4:11–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 19:16–21 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Micah 6:6–8 Lookup Reading: NLT
Ephesians 6:11–18 Lookup Reading: NLT
Matthew 25:31–46 Lookup Reading: NLT

or

Sirach 2:1–11 Lookup Reading: RV
Philippians 4:4–9 Lookup Reading: NLT
Luke 6:17–23 Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 5:2a

Mothering Sunday

Sentence

‘As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem,’ says the Lord. Isaiah 66:13

Collects

Everloving God,
your care for us is greater
even than a mother’s love for her child;
teach us to value a mother’s love
and see in it an expression of your grace,
that we may ever feel more deeply your love for us
in Christ Jesus our Saviour.

Blessed are you, God of strength and patience;
yours is the love our mothers showed us,
yours the care we need;
as we learn to care for one another
and to share your love,
may it be with our mother we share it
first of all.

Psalms

Psalm 84 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT
or Psalm 122 Lookup Reading: ANZPBNLT

Readings

Isaiah 49:13–16

A mother’s love Lookup Reading: NLT

Ephesians 3:14–21

Christ lives in our hearts Lookup Reading: NLT

Luke 2:40–52

The Holy Family Lookup Reading: NLT

Post Communion Sentence

Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. Galatians 4:26

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