BETWEEN 19 JUNE AND 25 JUNE
1 SAMUEL 17:(1A, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
O God our defender,
storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid.
Rescue your people from despair,
deliver your sons and daughters from fear,
and preserve us all from unbelief;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
[Now the Philistines
gathered their armies for battle. And there came out from the camp
of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height
was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head,
and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was
five thousand shekels of bronze. He had greaves of bronze on his
legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The
shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head
weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went
before him. He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why
have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine,
and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and
let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill
me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him
and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us."
And the Philistine said, "Today I defy the ranks of Israel!
Give me a man, that we may fight together." When Saul and all
Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and
greatly afraid. Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel,
were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. David
rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the
provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the
encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line,
shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines drew up for
battle, army against army. David left the things in charge of the
keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his
brothers. As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of
Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the
Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard
said to Saul, "Let no one's heart fail because of him; your
servant will go and fight with this Philistine." Saul said to
David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to
fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior
from his youth." But David said to Saul, "Your servant
used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear
came, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after it and struck
it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned
against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill
it. Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this
uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has
defied the armies of the living God." David said, "The
Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of
the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine." So
Saul said to David, "Go, and may the Lord be with you!"
Saul clothed David with his armour; he put a bronze helmet on his
head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul's
sword over the armour, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was
not used to them. Then David said to Saul, "I cannot walk
with these; for I am not used to them." So David removed
them. Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth
stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the
pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the
Philistine. The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with
his shield-bearer in front of him. When the Philistine looked and
saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and
handsome in appearance. The Philistine said to David, "Am I a
dog, that you come to me with sticks?" And the Philistine
cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, "Come
to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to
the wild animals of the field." But David said to the
Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin;
but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the
armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This very day the Lord
will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut
off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine
army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals
of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God
in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does
not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's and he
will give you into our hand." When the Philistine drew nearer
to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet
the Philistine. David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone,
slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone
sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
1 SAMUEL 17:(1A, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
REFRAIN The Lord is a
refuge in time of trouble.
Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of
who know your name will put their trust in you, for you never
forsake those who seek you, O Lord.
praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the
things he has done.
avenger of blood will remember them; he will not forget the cry of
the afflicted. R
pity on me, O Lord; see the misery I suffer from those who hate
me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation
in the gates of the city of Zion. R
ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, and in the snare they
set is their own foot caught.
Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are trapped in
the works of their own hands.
wicked shall be given over to the grave, and also all the peoples
that forget God.
the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor
shall not perish for ever. R
up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; let them be
judged before you.
fear upon them, O Lord; let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
As we work together
with Christ, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in
vain. For 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! We are
putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found
with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended
ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions,
hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours,
sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience,
kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and
the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right
hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and
good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as
unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see - we are alive;
as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always
rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and
yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you
Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no
restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return - I
speak as to children - open wide your hearts also.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-13
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO
On that day, when
evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go
across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they
took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were
with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the
boat, so that the boat was already swamped. But 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?"
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace!
Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no
faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one
another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea
OVER THE GIFTS
you have made our Saviour Jesus Christ
the head of all creation.
Receive all we offer you this day
and renew us in his risen life,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
guide and protect your people
who share in this sacred mystery,
and keep us always in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.