There were three sets of readings that we could have used for today. This is the one I have selected.
St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth
Reformation Sunday / Day
October 30 / 31, 2016
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34
31The LORD said:
The time will surely come when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and Judah. 32It will be different from the agreement I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt. Although I was their God, they broke that agreement.
33Here is the new agreement that I, the LORD, will make with the people of Israel:
“I will write my laws on their hearts and minds.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
34″No longer will they have to teach one another to obey me. I, the LORD, promise that all of them will obey me, ordinary people and rulers alike. I will forgive their sins and forget the evil things they have done.”
PSALMODY: Psalm 46
1God is our mighty fortress,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2And so, we won’t be afraid!
Let the earth tremble
and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea.
3Let the ocean roar and foam,
and its raging waves shake the mountains.
4A river and its streams bring joy to the city,
which is the sacred home of God Most High.
5God is in that city, and it won’t be shaken.
He will help it at dawn.
6Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!
But at the voice of God the earth itself melts.
7The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
8Come! See the fearsome things
the LORD has done on earth.
9God brings wars to an end all over the world.
He breaks the arrows, shatters the spears,
and burns the shields.
10Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!
All nations on earth will honor me.”
11The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
SECOND READING: Romans 3:19-28
19We know that everything in the Law was written for those who are under its power. The Law says these things to stop anyone from making excuses and to let God show that the whole world is guilty. 20God doesn’t accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.
21Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn’t by obeying the Law of Moses. 22God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ. 23All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. 24But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. 25-26God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.
27What is left for us to brag about? Not a thing! Is it because we obeyed some law? No! It is because of faith. 28We see that people are acceptable to God because they have faith, and not because they obey the Law.
GOSPEL: John 8:31-36
31Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. 32You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered, “We are Abraham’s children! We have never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say we will be set free?”
I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin! 35And slaves don’t stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. 36If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!