20th June                                                                             Third Sunday after Trinity

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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.

 

First Reading  Job 38.1-11

1The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: 2‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird 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.          5Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
7when 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? – 9when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed bounds for it,
and set bars and doors, 11and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?

 

Psalm   Psalm 107.1-3,23-32

1                 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, for his steadfast love endures for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this,
those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
Those who go down to the sea in ships and ply their trade in great waters, These have seen the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. For at his word the stormy wind arose
and lifted up the waves of the sea. They were carried up to the heavens and down again to the deep; their soul melted away in their peril.           They reeled and staggered like a drunkard and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.  He made the storm be still and the waves of the sea were calmed.  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. Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

 

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 6.1-13

1As we work together with Christ, 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. 11We 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.

 

Gospel   Mark 4.35-41

35When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘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?’

 

Post Communion Prayer

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

2 Corinthians 6.1-13 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Job 38.1-11 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Mark 4.35-41 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA.  Post Communion (3rd after Trinity) ©  1992 Janet Morley: All Desires Known (SPCK).  Collect (3rd after Trinity) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000. Psalm 107.1-3,23-32 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000