19th June 2022 First After Trinity

Collect

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.

Isaiah 65. 1-9

I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not

seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am’, to a nation that did not call on my name. 2I held

out my hands all day long to a rebellious people who walk in a way that is not good,

following their own devices; 3a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing

in garden and offering incense on bricks; 4who sit inside tombs, and spend the night in

secret places; who eat swine’s flesh, with broth of abominable things in their vessels;

5who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.’ These are a    

smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all day long. 6See, it is written before me: I will not 

keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their laps 7their iniquities and their 

ancestors’ iniquities together, says the Lord; because they offered incense on the

mountains and reviled me on the hills, I will measure into their lap full payment for their

actions. 8Thus says the Lord. As the wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not

destroy it for there is a blessing in it’, so I will do for my servants’ sake, and not destroy

them all. 9I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of my

mountains; my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall settle there.

Galatians 3. 23-end

Before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be

revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might

be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a

disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of

you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer

Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all

of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s

offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Luke 8. 26-39

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he

stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had

worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he

fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me,

Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— 29for Jesus had

commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized

him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break

the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, ‘What is

your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not

to order them to go back into the abyss. 32Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine

was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them

permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd

rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34When the swineherds saw

what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people

came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man

from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right

mind. And they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had

been possessed by demons had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding

country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear.

So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone

begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39‘Return to your

home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming

throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

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