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Monday September 27 - Morning

The Martyrs of Melanesia

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp63-66 or pp109-111

Psalm 71
1 Maccabees 1:1-19
Mark 14:1-11

Psalm 71

1In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
 let me never be put to shame.
2In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
 turn your ear to me and save me.
3Be my rock of refuge,
 to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
 for you are my rock and my fortress.
4Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
 from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

5For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
 my confidence since my youth.
6From birth I have relied on you;
 you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
 I will ever praise you.
7I have become a sign to many;
 you are my strong refuge.
8My mouth is filled with your praise,
 declaring your splendor all day long.

9Do not cast me away when I am old;
 do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10For my enemies speak against me;
 those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11They say, “God has forsaken him;
 pursue him and seize him,
 for no one will rescue him.”
12Do not be far from me, my God;
 come quickly, God, to help me.
13May my accusers perish in shame;
 may those who want to harm me
 be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14As for me, I will always have hope;
 I will praise you more and more.

15My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
 of your saving acts all day long—
 though I know not how to relate them all.
16I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
 I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
 and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18Even when I am old and gray,
 do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
 your mighty acts to all who are to come.

19Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
 you who have done great things.
 Who is like you, God?
20Though you have made me see troubles,
 many and bitter,
 you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
 you will again bring me up.
21You will increase my honor
 and comfort me once more.

22I will praise you with the harp
 for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
 Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will shout for joy
 when I sing praise to you—
 I whom you have delivered.
24My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
 all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
 have been put to shame and confusion.

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. Amen.

1 Maccabees 1:1-19

1After Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came from the land of Kittim, had defeated King Darius of the Persians and the Medes, he succeeded him as king. (He had previously become king of Greece.) 2He fought many battles, conquered strongholds, and put to death the kings of the earth. 3He advanced to the ends of the earth, and plundered many nations. When the earth became quiet before him, he was exalted, and his heart was lifted up. 4He gathered a very strong army and ruled over countries, nations, and princes, and they became tributary to him.

5After this he fell sick and perceived that he was dying. 6So he summoned his most honored officers, who had been brought up with him from youth, and divided his kingdom among them while he was still alive. 7And after Alexander had reigned twelve years, he died.

8Then his officers began to rule, each in his own place. 9They all put on crowns after his death, and so did their descendants after them for many years; and they caused many evils on the earth.

10From them came forth a sinful root, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus; he had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

11In those days certain renegades came out from Israel and misled many, saying, “Let us go and make a covenant with the Gentiles around us, for since we separated from them many disasters have come upon us.” 12This proposal pleased them, 13and some of the people eagerly went to the king, who authorized them to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles. 14So they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, according to Gentile custom, 15and removed the marks of circumcision, and abandoned the holy covenant. They joined with the Gentiles and sold themselves to do evil.

16When Antiochus saw that his kingdom was established, he determined to become king of the land of Egypt, in order that he might reign over both kingdoms. 17So he invaded Egypt with a strong force, with chariots and elephants and cavalry and with a large fleet. 18He engaged King Ptolemy of Egypt in battle, and Ptolemy turned and fled before him, and many were wounded and fell. 19They captured the fortified cities in the land of Egypt, and he plundered the land of Egypt.

Mark 14:1-11

1Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


Creator God,
whose majesty is in the storm as well as in the calm,
we thank you for those of every race
who gave their lives in Melanesia
for the sake of Christ;
may your church always proclaim your gospel,
live your commandments,
and overcome the powers of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Monday September 27 - Evening

The Martyrs of Melanesia

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp66-68 or pp111-113

Psalm 72
1 Kings 21
Acts 21:37–22:21

Psalm 72

1Endow the king with your justice, O God,
 the royal son with your righteousness.
2May he judge your people in righteousness,
 your afflicted ones with justice.

3May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
 the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4May he defend the afflicted among the people
 and save the children of the needy;
 may he crush the oppressor.
5May he endure as long as the sun,
 as long as the moon, through all generations.
6May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
 like showers watering the earth.
7In his days may the righteous flourish
 and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

8May he rule from sea to sea
 and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9May the desert tribes bow before him
 and his enemies lick the dust.
10May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
 bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
 present him gifts.
11May all kings bow down to him
 and all nations serve him.

12For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
 the afflicted who have no one to help.
13He will take pity on the weak and the needy
 and save the needy from death.
14He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
 for precious is their blood in his sight.

15Long may he live!
 May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
 and bless him all day long.
16May grain abound throughout the land;
 on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
 and thrive like the grass of the field.
17May his name endure forever;
 may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,
 and they will call him blessed.

18Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
 who alone does marvelous deeds.
19Praise be to his glorious name forever;
 may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

20This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

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. Amen.

1 Kings 21

1Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”

3But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”

4So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.

5His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”

6He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”

7Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

8So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. 9In those letters she wrote:

“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”

11So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. 14Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”

15As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” 16When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.

17Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18“Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood — yes, yours!’”

20Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”

“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. 21He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel — slave or free. 22I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’

23“And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’

24“Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.”

25(There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)

27When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.

28Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29“Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

Acts 21:37–22:21

37As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?”

“Do you speak Greek?” he replied. 38“Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?”

39Paul answered, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.”

40After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic: 221“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”

2When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.

Then Paul said: 3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

6“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

8“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

“‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 9My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

10“‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.

“‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 11My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

12“A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.

14“Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

17“When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’

19“‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’

21“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”


Creator God,
whose majesty is in the storm as well as in the calm,
we thank you for those of every race
who gave their lives in Melanesia
for the sake of Christ;
may your church always proclaim your gospel,
live your commandments,
and overcome the powers of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

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