Here are the Bible readings for October 2019 (it’ll soon be Christmas!) which we’ll be using in church. If you want to read up in advance – or if you can’t be with us and want to follow the same readings – then here you go!
The scriptures this month include a wandering Aramean, a persevering wrestler and a mobile mulberry tree…
- October 6th – 16th after Trinity: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and Luke 17:5-10
- October 13th – Harvest Festival: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35
- October 20th – 18th after Trinity: Genesis 32:22-31; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8
- October 27th – Bible Sunday: Isaiah 45:22-end; Romans 15:1-6; Luke 4:16-24
If you don’t have access to a Bible then please follow this link to the Vanderbilt Divinity Library to see the readings on-line. It doesn’t always match up but it shouldn’t be too far off!
Deuteronomy 26: The first fruits
When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.
You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.”
When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, you shall make this response before the LORD your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.
When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God.
Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.