15th November 2020
Rev David Osborn speaks this Sunday, 15th November.
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Psalm 90 verses 1 to 8
Lord, thou hast been our refuge : from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made : thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-day : seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
5 As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep : and fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up : but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
7 For we consume away in thy displeasure : and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
8 Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee : and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever.
The gospel according to St Matthew 25 verses 14 to 27
The Parable of the Talents
‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.
Prayer for Sunday 15th November
The collect for today the Second Sunday before Advent
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour Christ has taught us
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.