13th June                                                                              Second Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

First Reading

Ezekiel 17.22-24

22Thus 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.
23On 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. 24All 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 92.1-4,12-15

1                 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;  To tell of your love early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night-time, Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, and to the melody of the lyre.  For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts, and I sing aloud at the works of your hands. The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.  Such as are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bear fruit in old age;  they shall be vigorous and in full leaf; That they may show that the Lord is true; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

 

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 5.6-10(11-13)14-17

Brothers and sisters, 6we 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.

11Therefore, 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. 14The 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.

16From 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!

 

Gospel   Mark 4.26-34

Such a large crowd gathered around Jesus that he got into a boat and began to teach them using many parables. 26Jesus 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.’

30Jesus 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.’ 33With 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.

 

Post Communion Prayer

Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

2 Corinthians 5.6-10(11-13)14-17 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Ezekiel 17.22-24 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Mark 4.26-34 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Post Communion (2nd after Trinity) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000.  Psalm 92.1-4,12-15 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Collect (2nd after Trinity) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)