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21st August 2022 Tenth After Trinity


Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 58. 9b-end

9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here

I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of

evil, 10if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then

your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 11The Lord will

guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places and make your bones

strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never

fail. 12Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many

generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live

in. 13If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my

holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honourable; if you

honour it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own

affairs; 14then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights

of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob for the mouth of

the Lord has spoken.

Hebrews 12. 18-end

18You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, 19and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. 20(For they could not endure the order that was given, ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.’ 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I tremble with fear.’) 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! 26At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.’ 27This phrase ‘Yet once more’ indicates the removal of what is shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; 29for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Luke 13. 10-17

10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ 15But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

14th August 2022 Nineth After Trinity


Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jeremiah 23. 23-29

23Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. 25I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? 27They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. 28Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord. 29Is not my word like fire, says the Lord,

and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Hebrews 11.29 – 12.2

29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

12Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luke 12. 49-56

49‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’ 54He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

7th August 2022 Eighth After Trinity


Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake: when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Genesis 15. 1-6

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ 2But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ 3And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ 4But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’ 5He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Hebrews 11. 1-3, 8-16

1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’ 13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Luke 12. 32-40

32‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

39‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

31st July 2022 Seventh After Trinity


Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ecclesiastes 1. 2, 12-14; 2. 18-23

2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. 14I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind. 18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me 19and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the sun, 21because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? 23For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

Colossians 3. 1-11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

Luke 12. 13-21

1Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ 14But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ 15And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ 16Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” 18Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” 20But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

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!’

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.’

10th July 2022 Fourth After Trinity


Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our

Saviour Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 30. 9-14

9and the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in

the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For

the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your

ancestors, 10when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and

decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul. 11Surely, this commandment that I am

commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 12It is not in heaven,

that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may

hear it and observe it?’ 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross

to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe

it?’ 14No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to


Colossians 1. 1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2To the

saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from

God our Father. 3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for

all the saints, 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope

before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing

fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from

the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7This you learned from

Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,

 8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9For this reason, since the day we

heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the

knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead

lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as

you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that

comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with

patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the

inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and

transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the

forgiveness of sins.

Luke 10. 25-37

25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit

eternal life?’ 26He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ 27He

answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,

and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ 28And

he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’ 29But wanting

to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was

going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped

him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going

down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a

Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a

Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with

pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.

Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The

next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of

him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” 36Which of these

three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the

robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do


3rd July 2022 Third After Trinity, Thomas The Apostle


God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your

promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 66. 10-14

10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her, rejoice with her in

joy, all you who mourn over her11 that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom.

12 For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the

nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,

and dangled on her knees.13 As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you

shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your

bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with

his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.

Galatians 6. 1-16

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit

should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not

tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of

Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive

themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s

work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads. 6Those who are

taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. 7Do not be deceived;

God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you

will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life

from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at

harvest time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us

work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. 11See what large

letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good

showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be

persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the

law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May

I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world

has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision nor

uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will

follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Luke 10. 1-11, 16-20

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to

every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is

plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out

labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the

midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the

road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there

who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to

you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the

labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you

enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who

are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10But whenever

you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11“Even

the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know

this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 16‘Whoever listens to you listens to me, and

whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’

17The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to

us!’ 18He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I

have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of

the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the

spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

26th June 2022 Second After Trinity


Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails: deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Kings 19. 15-16, 19-end

15Then the Lord said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 19So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was ploughing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, ‘Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.’ Then Elijah said to him, ‘Go back again; for what have I done to you?’ 21He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

Galatians 5. 1, 13-25

1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

Luke 9. 51 – end

51When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then they went on to another village.

57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ 58And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ 59To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ 60But Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ 61Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ 62Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

19th June 2022 First After Trinity


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.