Sunday 24 June 2018 Alternative 1 of 2 4th Sunday after Trinity Proper 7 Year B

Reading Notes: Use this provision if the Birth of John the Baptist is transferred to Monday 25 June.

Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Readings

Continuous:

1 Samuel 17. [1a,4-11, 19-23] 32-49

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17

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 4And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armoured with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ‘Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.’ 10And the Philistine said, ‘Today I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man, that we may fight together.’ 11When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20David rose early in the morning, left someone in charge of the sheep, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. 23As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.] 32David said to Saul, ‘Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.’ 33Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’ 34But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, 35I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. 36Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.’ 37David said, ‘The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.’ So Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may the Lord be with you!’

38 Saul clothed David with his armour; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39David strapped Saul’s sword over the armour, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, ‘I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.’ So David removed them. 40Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.

41 The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44The Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field.’ 45But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.’

48 When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly towards the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 9.9-end

9  Then will the Lord be a refuge for the oppressed, •

a refuge in the time of trouble.

10  And those who know your name will put their trust in you, •

for you, Lord, have never failed those who seek you.

11  Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion; •

declare among the peoples the things he has done.

12  The avenger of blood has remembered them; •

he did not forget the cry of the oppressed.

13  Have mercy upon me, O Lord; •

consider the trouble I suffer from those who hate me,

you that lift me up from the gates of death;

14  That I may tell all your praises in the gates of the city of Zion •

and rejoice in your salvation.

15  The nations shall sink into the pit of their making •

and in the snare which they set will their own foot be taken.

16  The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice; •

the wicked are snared in the works of their own hands.

17  They shall return to the land of darkness, •

all the nations that forget God.

18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten •

and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19  Arise, O Lord, and let not mortals have the upper hand; •

let the nations be judged before your face.

20  Put them in fear, O Lord, •

that the nations may know themselves to be but mortal.

or 1 Samuel 17.57-18.5, 10-16

57On David’s return from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58Saul said to him, ‘Whose son are you, young man?’ And David answered, ‘I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.’

18

When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armour, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 5David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him; as a result, Saul set him over the army. And all the people, even the servants of Saul, approved.

10 The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11and Saul threw the spear, for he thought, ‘I will pin David to the wall.’ But David eluded him twice.

12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. 13So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and David marched out and came in, leading the army. 14David had success in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him. 15When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him. 16But all Israel and Judah loved David; for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 133

1  Behold how good and pleasant it is •

to dwell together in unity.

2  It is like the precious oil upon the head, •

running down upon the beard,

3  Even on Aaron’s beard, •

running down upon the collar of his clothing.

4  It is like the dew of Hermon •

running down upon the hills of Zion.

5  For there the Lord has promised his blessing: •

even life for evermore.

Related:

Job 38.1-11

38

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:

2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

3 Gird up your loins like a man,

I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell me, if you have understanding.

5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

Or who stretched the line upon it?

6 On what were its bases sunk,

or who laid its cornerstone

7 when the morning stars sang together

and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

8 ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors

when it burst out from the womb?—

9 when I made the clouds its garment,

and thick darkness its swaddling band,

10 and prescribed bounds for it,

and set bars and doors,

11 and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther,

and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 107.1-3, 23-32

1  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, •

for his steadfast love endures for ever.

2  Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, •

those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3  And gathered out of the lands

from the east and from the west, •

from the north and from the south.

23  Those who go down to the sea in ships •

and ply their trade in great waters,

24  These have seen the works of the Lord •

and his wonders in the deep.

25  For at his word the stormy wind arose •

and lifted up the waves of the sea.

26  They were carried up to the heavens

and down again to the deep; •

their soul melted away in their peril.

27  They reeled and staggered like a drunkard •

and were at their wits’ end.

28  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, •

and he brought them out of their distress.

29  He made the storm be still •

and the waves of the sea were calmed.

30  Then were they glad because they were at rest, •

and he brought them to the haven they desired.

31  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness •

and the wonders he does for his children.

32  Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people •

and praise him in the council of the elders.

or Psalm [ 107.23-32]

[ 23  Those who go down to the sea in ships •

and ply their trade in great waters,

24  These have seen the works of the Lord •

and his wonders in the deep.

25  For at his word the stormy wind arose •

and lifted up the waves of the sea.

26  They were carried up to the heavens

and down again to the deep; •

their soul melted away in their peril.

27  They reeled and staggered like a drunkard •

and were at their wits’ end.

28  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, •

and he brought them out of their distress.

29  He made the storm be still •

and the waves of the sea were calmed.

30  Then were they glad because they were at rest, •

and he brought them to the haven they desired.

31  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness •

and the wonders he does for his children.

32  Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people •

and praise him in the council of the elders.

]

New Testament Reading

2 Corinthians 6.1-13

6

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,

‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you,

and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.

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 4.35-end

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Eternal God,

comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

that all the world may acknowledge

the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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