The Introit

Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,*
for I am lonely and af- | flicted .
Consider my affliction and my | trouble,*
and forgive | all my sins .

To you, O LORD, I lift | up my soul .*
O my God, in you I trust ; let me not be | put to shame .
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,*
for I am lonely and af- | flicted .
Consider my affliction and my | trouble,*
and forgive | all my sins .

The Collect of the Day

O God, the protector of all who trust in You, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy, multiply Your mercy on us that, with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 
Micah  , 1609, by Raffaello Schiaminossi, Italian from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Micah, 1609, by Raffaello Schiaminossi, Italian from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Old Testament 

Micah 7 :18-20

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
    and passing over transgression
    for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
    because he delights in steadfast love.
He will again have compassion on us;
    he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
    into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
    and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
    from the days of old.

The Epistle

1 Peter 5 :6-11

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 
The Parable of the Lost Drachma  , c. 1750s, by Giuseppe Camerata II, Italian from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Parable of the Lost Drachma, c. 1750s, by Giuseppe Camerata II, Italian from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Luke 15 :1-10

Alleluia. I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress
and my deliverer. Alleluia.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”