Sunday 8 July 2018 6th Sunday after Trinity Proper 9 Year B

Merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises,

which exceed all that we can desire;

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

Creator God,

you made us all in your image:

may we discern you in all that we see,

and serve you in all that we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Continuous:

2 Samuel 5.1-5, 9-10

5

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, ‘Look, we are your bone and flesh. 2For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.’ 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for forty years. 5At Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. 9David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inwards. 10And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 48

1  Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, •

in the city of our God.

2  His holy mountain is fair and lifted high, •

the joy of all the earth.

3  On Mount Zion, the divine dwelling place, •

stands the city of the great king.

4  In her palaces God has shown himself •

to be a sure refuge.

5  For behold, the kings of the earth assembled •

and swept forward together.

6  They saw, and were dumbfounded; •

dismayed, they fled in terror.

7  Trembling seized them there;

they writhed like a woman in labour, •

as when the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.

8  As we had heard, so have we seen

in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city of our God: •

God has established her for ever.

9  We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God, •

in the midst of your temple.

10  As with your name, O God,

so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; •

your right hand is full of justice.

11  Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of Judah be glad, •

because of your judgements, O Lord.

12  Walk about Zion and go round about her;

count all her towers; •

consider well her bulwarks; pass through her citadels,

13  That you may tell those who come after

that such is our God for ever and ever. •

It is he that shall be our guide for evermore.

Related:

Ezekiel 2.1-5

2

He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. 4The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 123

1  To you I lift up my eyes, •

to you that are enthroned in the heavens.

2  As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, •

or the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3  So our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, •

until he have mercy upon us.

4  Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, •

for we have had more than enough of contempt.

5  Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of the arrogant, •

and of the contempt of the proud.

New Testament Reading

2 Corinthians 12.2-10

2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

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 6.1-13

6

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God of our pilgrimage,

you have led us to the living water:

refresh and sustain us

as we go forward on our journey,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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