BETWEEN 14 AUGUST AND 20 AUGUST
KINGS 2:10-12; 3:3-14
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and sent into our hearts the Spirit of your Son.
Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that all people may know the glorious liberty
of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS
Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the
city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty
years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in
Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and
his kingdom was firmly established. Solomon loved the Lord,
walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed
and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to
sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon
used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon
the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said,
"Ask what I should give you." And Solomon said,
"You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my
father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in
righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you
have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given
him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you
have made your servant king in place of my father David, although
I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have
chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or
counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to
govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who
can govern this your great people?" It pleased the Lord that
Solomon had asked this. God said to him, "Because you have
asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches,
or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself
understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your
word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like
you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.
I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour
all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will
walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your
father David walked, then I will lengthen your life."
1 KINGS 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Refrain The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the
assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
are the deeds of the Lord! they are studied by all who delight in
work is full of majesty and splendour, and his righteousness
endures for ever.
makes his marvellous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious
and full of compassion. R
gives food to those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his
has shown his people the power of his works in giving them the
lands of the nations. R
works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; all his
commandments are sure.
stand fast for ever and ever, because they are done in truth and
sent redemption to his people; he commanded his covenant for ever;
holy and awesome is his name.
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; those who act
accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures for
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
Be careful then how you
live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the
time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but
understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with
wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as
you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves,
singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving
thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said to the
people, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I
will give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews
then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man
give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Very
truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh
and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on
the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true
drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and
I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because
of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is
the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your
ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will
OVER THE GIFTS
Loving God and Father,
you have adopted us to be your heirs.
Accept all we offer you this day
and give us grace to live as faithful children.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
we have received a token of your promise.
May we who have been nourished by holy things
live as faithful heirs of your promised kingdom,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.