SUNDAY 9 June Second Sunday after Trinity

FIRST READING Genesis 3.8–15

A reading from the book of Genesis.

The man and the woman heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,

and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him,

‘Where are you?’

He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden,

and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’

He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked?

Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’

The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me,

she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’

Then the LORD God said to the woman,

‘What is this that you have done?’

The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’

The LORD God said to the serpent,

‘Because you have done this,

cursed are you among all animals

and among all wild creatures;

upon your belly you shall go,

and dust you shall eat

all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

he will strike your head,

and you will strike his heel.’#

 

PSALM Psalm 130

R With the Lord there is mercy

and plenteous redemption.

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice;

let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,

O Lord, who could stand?

3 For there is forgiveness with you;

therefore you shall be feared. R

4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;

in his word is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the Lord,

more than the night-watch for the morning,

more than the night-watch for the morning. R

6 O Israel, wait for the Lord,

for with the Lord there is mercy;

7 With him there is plenteous redemption,

and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins. R

 

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 4.13 – 5.1

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Just as we have the same spirit of faith

that is in accordance with scripture –

‘I believed, and so I spoke’ –

we also believe, and so we speak,

because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus

will raise us also with Jesus,

and will bring us with you into his presence.

Yes, everything is for your sake,

so that grace, as it extends to more and more people,

may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart.

Even though our outer nature is wasting away,

our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

For this slight momentary affliction

is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,

because we look not at what can be seen

but at what cannot be seen;

for what can be seen is temporary,

but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,

we have a building from God,

a house not made with hands,

eternal in the heavens.

 

GOSPEL Mark 3.20–35

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

The crowd came together again,

so that Jesus and his companions could not even eat.

When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him,

for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said,

‘He has Beelzebul,and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’

And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables,

‘How can Satan cast out Satan?

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

And if a house is divided against itself,

that house will not be able to stand.

And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,

he cannot stand, but his end has come.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property

without first tying up the strong man;

then indeed the house can be plundered.

Truly I tell you,

people will be forgiven for their sins

and whatever blasphemies they utter;

but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit

can never have forgiveness,

but is guilty of an eternal sin’ –

for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

Then his mother and his brothers came;

and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.

A crowd was sitting around him;

and they said to him,

‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside,

asking for you.’

And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’

And looking at those who sat around him, he said,

‘Here are my mother and my brothers!

Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

 SUNDAY 16 June Third Sunday after Trinity

 FIRST READING Ezekiel 17.22–24

A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.

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.

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.

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.

 

PSALM Psalm 92.1–4, 11–14

R It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord.

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 loving-kindness early in the morning

and of your faithfulness in the night season; R

3 On the psaltery and on the lyre

and to the melody of the harp.

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

and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. R

11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.

12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord

shall flourish in the courts of our God; R

13 They shall still bear fruit in old age;

they shall be green and succulent;

14 That they may show how upright the Lord is,

my rock, in whom there is no fault. R

 

SECOND READING (Short or long reading)

2 Corinthians 5.6–10, (11–13), 14–17

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers and sisters,

we are always confident;

even though we know that while we are at home in the body

we are away from the Lord –

for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Yes, we do have confidence,

and we would rather be away from the body

and at home with the Lord.

So whether we are at home or away,

we make it our aim to please him.

For 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.

We 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.

For if we are beside ourselves,

it is for God;

if we are in our right mind,

it is for you. ]

The love of Christ urges us on,

because we are convinced that one has died for all;

therefore all have died.

And 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.

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.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:

everything old has passed away;

see, everything has become new!

 

GOSPEL Mark 4.26–34

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

 

Such a large crowd gathered around Jesus

that he got into a boat and began to teach them using many parables.

Jesus said,

‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,

and would sleep and rise night and day,

and the seed would sprout and grow,

he does not know how.

The earth produces of itself,

first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.

But when the grain is ripe,

at once he goes in with his sickle,

because the harvest has come.’

Jesus also said,

‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God,

or what parable will we use for it?

It is like a mustard seed,

which, when sown upon the ground,

is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;

yet 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.’

With many such parables he spoke the word to them,

as they were able to hear it;

he did not speak to them except in parables,

but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

SUNDAY 23 June Fourth Sunday after Trinity

 

FIRST READING Job 38.1–11

A reading from the book of Job.

The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:

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

Gird up your loins like a man,

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

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

Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its measurements –

surely you know!

Or who stretched the line upon it?

On what were its bases sunk,

or who laid its cornerstone

when the morning stars sang together

and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors

when it burst out from the womb? –

when I made the clouds its garment,

and thick darkness its swaddling band,

and prescribed bounds for it,

and set bars and doors,

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

and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?’

 

PSALM Psalm 107.1–3, 23–32

R Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

and his mercy endures for ever.

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

and his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands;

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south. R

23 Some went down to the sea in ships

and plied their trade in deep waters;

24 They beheld the works of the Lord

and his wonders in the deep.

25 Then he spoke and a stormy wind arose,

which tossed high the waves of the sea. R

26 They mounted up to the heavens

and fell back to the depths;

their hearts melted because of their peril.

27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards

and were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress. R

29 He stilled the storm to a whisper

and quieted the waves of the sea.

30 Then were they glad because of the calm,

and he brought them

to the harbour they were bound for. R

31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy

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. R

 

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 6.1–13

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

As we work together with Christ,

we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.

For 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!

We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way,

so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots,

labours, sleepless nights, hunger;

by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,

holiness of spirit, genuine love,

truthful speech, and the power of God;

with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;

in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute.

We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;

as unknown, and yet are well known;

as dying, and see – we are alive;

as punished, and yet not killed;

as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;

as poor, yet making many rich;

as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians;

our heart is wide open to you.

There is no restriction in our affections,

but only in yours.

In return – I speak as to children – open wide your hearts also.

 

GOSPEL Mark 4.35–41

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

 

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples,

‘Let us go across to the other side.’

And leaving the crowd behind,

they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.

Other boats were with him.

A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat,

so that the boat was already being swamped.

But 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?’

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,

‘Peace! Be still!’

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid?

Have you still no faith?’

And they were filled with great awe

and said to one another,

‘Who then is this,

that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

SUNDAY 30 June Fifth Sunday after Trinity

FIRST READING Wisdom of Solomon 1.13–15; 2.23–24

A reading from the book of Wisdom.

God did not make death,

and he does not delight in the death of the living.

For he created all things so that they might exist;

the generative forces of the world are wholesome,

and there is no destructive poison in them,

and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.

For righteousness is immortal.

for God created us for incorruption,

and made us in the image of his own eternity,

but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,

and those who belong to his company experience it.

The Canticle overleaf (Lamentations 3.22–33) may be used in place of Wisdom 1.13–15;

2.23–24 as the First Reading.

CANTICLE OR PSALM

Either Lamentations 3.22–33

R The Lord is good to those who wait for him.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness. R

‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul,

‘therefore I will hope in him.’

The LORD is good to those who wait for him,

to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. R

It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth,

to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it,

to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope),

to give one’s cheek to the smiter,

and be filled with insults. R

For the Lord will not reject for ever.

Although he causes grief,

he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone. R

Or Psalm 30

R To you, O Lord, my heart shall sing without ceasing.

1 I will exalt you, O Lord,

because you have lifted me up

and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you,

and you restored me to health.

3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;

you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. R

4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;

give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,

his favour for a lifetime.

6 Weeping may spend the night,

but joy comes in the morning. R

7 While I felt secure, I said,

‘I shall never be disturbed.

You, Lord, with your favour,

made me as strong as the mountains.’

8 Then you hid your face,

and I was filled with fear. R

9 I cried to you, O Lord;

I pleaded with the Lord, saying,

10 ‘What profit is there in my blood,

if I go down to the Pit?

will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;

O Lord, be my helper.’ R

12 You have turned my wailing into dancing;

you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy;

13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever. R

 

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 8.7–15

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

You excel in everything –

in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness,

and in our love for you –

so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

I do not say this as a command,

but I am testing the genuineness of your love

against the earnestness of others.

For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,

that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,

so that by his poverty you might become rich.

And in this matter I am giving my advice:

it is appropriate for you who began last year

not only to do something but even to desire to do something –

now finish doing it,

so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it

according to your means.

For if the eagerness is there,

the gift is acceptable according to what one has –

not according to what one does not have.

I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you,

but it is a question of a fair balance between

your present abundance and their need,

so that their abundance may be for your need,

in order that there may be a fair balance.

As it is written,

‘The one who had much did not have too much,

and the one who had little did not have too little.’

 

GOSPEL Mark 5.21–43

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

 

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side,

a great crowd gathered around him;

and he was by the lake.

Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came

and, when he saw him,

fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly,

‘My little daughter is at the point of death.

Come and lay your hands on her,

so that she may be made well, and live.’

So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.

Now there was a woman

who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years.

She had endured much under many physicians,

and had spent all that she had;

and she was no better, but rather grew worse.

She had heard about Jesus,

and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,

for she said,

‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’

Immediately her haemorrhage stopped;

and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him,

Jesus turned about in the crowd and said,

‘Who touched my clothes?’

And his disciples said to him,

‘You see the crowd pressing in on you;

how can you say, “Who touched me?”’

He looked all around to see who had done it.

But the woman, knowing what had happened to her,

came in fear and trembling, fell down before him,

and told him the whole truth.

He said to her,

‘Daughter, your faith has made you well;

go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

While he was still speaking,

some people came from the leader’s house to say,

‘Your daughter is dead.

Why trouble the teacher any further?’

But overhearing what they said,

Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue,

‘Do not fear, only believe.’

He allowed no one to follow him

except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.

When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue,

he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.

When he had entered, he said to them,

‘Why do you make a commotion and weep?

The child is not dead but sleeping.’

40 And they laughed at him.

Then he put them all outside,

and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him,

and went in where the child was.

He took her by the hand and said to her,

‘Talitha cum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’

And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about

(she was twelve years of age).

At this they were overcome with amazement.

He strictly ordered them that no one should know this,

and told them to give her something to eat.

SUNDAY 7 July Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Ezekiel 2.1–5

A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel.

The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

When I saw this, I fell on my face,

and I heard the voice of someone speaking.

He said to me:

O mortal, stand up on your feet,

and I will speak with you.

And when he spoke to me,

a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet;

and I heard him speaking to me.

He 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.

The descendants are impudent and stubborn.

I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them,

‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’

Whether they hear or refuse to hear

(for they are a rebellious house),

they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

 

PSALM Psalm 123

R Our eyes look to the Lord our God,

until he shows us his mercy.

1 To you I lift up my eyes,

to you enthroned in the heavens.

2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,

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

3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God,

until he show us his mercy. R

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

for we have had more than enough of contempt,

5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich,

and of the derision of the proud. R

 

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 12.2–10

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

I 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.

And I know that such a person –

whether in the body or out of the body I do not know;

God knows – was caught up into Paradise

and heard things that are not to be told,

that no mortal is permitted to repeat.

On behalf of such a one I will boast,

but on my own behalf I will not boast,

except of my weaknesses.

But 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,

even considering the exceptional character of the revelations.

Therefore, to keep me from being too elated,

a thorn was given me in the flesh,

a messenger of Satan to torment me,

to keep me from being too elated.

Three times I appealed to the Lord about this,

that it would leave me,

but 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.

Therefore I am content with weaknesses,

insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

 

GOSPEL Mark 6.1–13

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

Jesus came to his home town, and his disciples followed him.

On 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!

Is 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.

Then Jesus said to them,

‘Prophets are not without honour,

except in their home town,

and among their own kin, and in their own house.’

And he could do no deed of power there,

except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.

And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching.

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two,

and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff;

no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;

but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

He said to them,

‘Wherever you enter a house,

stay there until you leave the place.

If 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.’

So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.

They cast out many demons,

and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.