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you have taught us through your Son
that love fulfils the law.
May we love you with all our heart,
all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength,
and may we love our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him,
"Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said,
"Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to
the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one
of the mountains that I shall show you." So Abraham rose
early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his
young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the
burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance
that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw
the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay
here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will
worship, and then we will come back to you." Abraham took the
wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he
himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked
on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!"
And he said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "The
fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt
offering?" Abraham said, "God himself will provide the
lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked
on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him,
Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound
his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then
Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.
But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said,
"Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to
him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld
your son, your only son, from me." And Abraham looked up and
saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took
the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
So Abraham called that place "The Lord will provide"; as
it is said to this day, "On the mount of the Lord it shall be
REFRAIN I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly.
long, O Lord? will you forget me for ever? how long will you hide
your face from me?
long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart,
day after day? how long shall my enemy triumph over me? R
upon me and answer me, O Lord my God; give light to my eyes, lest
I sleep in death;
my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," and my foes
rejoice that I have fallen. R
I put my trust in your mercy; my heart is joyful because of your
will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt with me richly; I will
praise the name of the Lord Most High. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make
you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as
instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those
who have been brought from death to life, and present your members
to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no
dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under
grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves
to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you
obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which
leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once
been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the
form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having
been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am
speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For
just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and
to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as
slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves
of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what
advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are
ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have
been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is
sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is
death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever
welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a
prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward;
and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous
person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives
even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name
of a disciple - truly I tell you, none of these will lose their
OVER THE GIFTS
God of wisdom,
receive all we offer you this day.
Enrich our lives with the gifts of your Spirit,
that we may follow the way of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and serve one another in freedom.
We ask this in his name.
God of power,
we are nourished by the riches of your grace.
Raise us to new life in your Son Jesus Christ
and fit us for his eternal kingdom,
that all the world may call him Lord.
We ask this in his name.