17th July 2022 Fifth After Trinity


Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all

who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Genesis 18. 1-10a

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his

tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When

he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the

ground. 3He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a

little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5Let me

bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—

since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ 6And Abraham

hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice

flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ 7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and

good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8Then he took curds and

milk and the calf that they he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by

them under the tree while ate. 9They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he

said, ‘There, in the tent.’ 10Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and

your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind


Colossians 1. 15-28

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in

heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or

dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for

him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head

of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might

come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to

dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on

earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. 21And you who were

once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his

fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable

before him— 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith,

without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been

proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what

is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 25I became its

servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word

of God fully known, 26the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and

generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make

known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is

Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and

teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10. 38-end

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named

Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the

Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many

tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to

do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ 41But the Lord answered her,

‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only

one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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