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7 July                                                                 Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day

 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 our Lord.  

 

First Reading

Ezekiel 2.1-5

 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. 1He 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. 

 

Psalm

Psalm 123

 Refrain: Our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.

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. R

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.

Refrain: Our eyes wait upon the Lord our God. Sovereign God, enthroned in the heavens,
look upon us with your eyes of mercy, as we look on you with humility and love, and fill our souls with your peace through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Second 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. 2And 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 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.

 

Gospel 

Mark 6.1-13

 1Jesus 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. 

 

Post Communion Prayer

 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.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (6th after Trinity) ©  1985 Anglican Church of Canada: The Book of Alternative Services

2 Corinthians 12.2-10 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Ezekiel 2.1-5 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Mark 6.1-13 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 123 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Collect (6th after Trinity, Short) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2005

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