Sunday 17 June 2018 3rd Sunday after Trinity Proper 6 Year B

Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God our saviour,

look on this wounded world

in pity and in power;

hold us fast to your promises of peace

won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Readings

Continuous:

1 Samuel 15.34-16.13

34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

16

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ 2Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ 5He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ 7But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ 11Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 20

1  May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, •

the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2  Send you help from his sanctuary •

and strengthen you out of Zion;

3  Remember all your offerings •

and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4  Grant you your heart’s desire •

and fulfil all your mind.

5  May we rejoice in your salvation

and triumph in the name of our God; •

may the Lord perform all your petitions.

6  Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed; •

he will answer him from his holy heaven,

with the mighty strength of his right hand.

7  Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, •

but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.

8  They are brought down and fallen, •

but we are risen and stand upright.

9  O Lord, save the king •

and answer us when we call upon you.

Related:

Ezekiel 17.22-end

22 Thus says the Lord God:

I myself will take a sprig

from the lofty top of a cedar;

I will set it out.

I will break off a tender one

from the topmost of its young twigs;

I myself will plant it

on a high and lofty mountain.

23 On the mountain height of Israel

I will plant it,

in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,

and become a noble cedar.

Under it every kind of bird will live;

in the shade of its branches will nest

winged creatures of every kind.

24 All the trees of the field shall know

that I am the Lord.

I bring low the high tree,

I make high the low tree;

I dry up the green tree

and make the dry tree flourish.

I the Lord have spoken;

I will accomplish it.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 92.1-4,12-end

1  It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord •

and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2  To tell of your love early in the morning •

and of your faithfulness in the night-time,

3  Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, •

and to the melody of the lyre.

4  For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts, •

and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.

12  The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, •

and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.

13  Such as are planted in the house of the Lord •

shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14  They shall still bear fruit in old age; •

they shall be vigorous and in full leaf;

15  That they may show that the Lord is true; •

he is my rock,

and there is no unrighteousness in him.

or Psalm [ 92.1-8]

[

1  It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord •

and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2  To tell of your love early in the morning •

and of your faithfulness in the night-time,

3  Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, •

and to the melody of the lyre.

4  For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts, •

and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.

5  O Lord, how glorious are your works! •

Your thoughts are very deep.

6  The senseless do not know, •

nor do fools understand,

7  That though the wicked sprout like grass •

and all the workers of iniquity flourish,

8  It is only to be destroyed for ever; •

but you, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

]

New Testament Reading

2 Corinthians 5.6-10 [11-13] 14-17

6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.[

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Mark 4.26-34

26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

30 He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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