BETWEEN 19 JUNE AND 25 JUNE
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 BOOK OF GENESIS
The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on
the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the
Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son
Isaac. So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman
with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit
along with my son Isaac." The matter was very distressing to
Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, "Do
not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave
woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is
through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the
son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because
he is your offspring." So Abraham rose early in the morning,
and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting
it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And
she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one
of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way
off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Do not
let me look on the death of the child." And as she sat
opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the
voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from
heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be
afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come,
lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make
a great nation of him." Then God opened her eyes and she saw
a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and
gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he
lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He
lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for
him from the land of Egypt.
REFRAIN Turn to me; save the child of your handmaid.
down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and in misery.
watch over my life, for I am faithful; save your servant who puts
his trust in you. R
merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; I call upon you all
the day long.
the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, and great is your love toward
all who call upon you. R
ear, O Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my
the time of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer
the gods there is none like you, O Lord, nor anything like your
All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, and
glorify your name.
you are great; you do wondrous things; and you alone are God. R
to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
me a sign of your favour, so that those who hate me may see it and
be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
PSALM 86:1-10, 16-17
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no
means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not
know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were
baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by
baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the
dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness
of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body
of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to
sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died
with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know
that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died
to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So
you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor
a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like
the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called
the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign
those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is
covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that
will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the
light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are
not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall
to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your
head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value
than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before
others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but
whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father
in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the
earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have
come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her
mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's
foes will be members of one's own household. Whoever loves father
or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son
or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not
take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who
find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my
sake will find it."
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.