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24th July 2022 Sixth After Trinity


Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Genesis 18. 20-32

20Then the Lord said, ‘How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very

grave their sin! 21I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according

to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.’ 22So the men turned from

there, and went towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before

the Lord. 23Then Abraham came near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the

righteous with the wicked? 24Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you

then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25Far be

it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous

fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is

just?’ 26And the Lord said, ‘If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the

whole place for their sake.’ 27Abraham answered, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to

the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?

Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?’ And he said, ‘I will not destroy it if I find

forty-five there.’ 29Again he spoke to him, ‘Suppose forty are found there.’ He answered,

‘For the sake of forty I will not do it.’ 30Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I

speak. Suppose thirty are found there.’ He answered, ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty

there.’ 31He said, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are

found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.’ 32Then he said,

‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.’

He answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.’

Colossians 2. 6-15

6As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in

 him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught,

abounding in thanksgiving. 8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy

and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the

universe, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells

bodily, 10and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and

authority. 11In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off

the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 12when you were buried with him in

baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised

him from the dead. 13And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of

your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our

trespasses, 14erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this

aside, nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public

example of them, triumphing over them in it.

Luke 11. 1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to

him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ 2He said to them, ‘When you

pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our

daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

And do not bring us to the time of trial.’ 5And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a

friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of

bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.” 7And he

answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my

children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.” 8I tell you, even

though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because

of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. 9‘So I say to you, Ask,

and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened

for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for

everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your

child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will

give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

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