BETWEEN 29 MAY AND 4 JUNE
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10 (11-20)
Lord God of the nations,
you have revealed your will to all people
and promised us your saving help.
May we hear and do what you command,
that the darkness may be overcome
by the power of your light;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word
of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he
could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not
yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord,
where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, "Samuel!
Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" and ran to Eli,
and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said,
"I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay
down. The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and
went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me."
But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had
not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a
third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I
am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was
calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down;
and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant
is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now
the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, "Samuel!
Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is
[Then the Lord said to Samuel, "See, I am about to do
something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears
of it tingle. On that day I will fulfil against Eli all that I
have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I
have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the
iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and
he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli
that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by
sacrifice or offering forever." Samuel lay there until
morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel
was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and
said, "Samuel, my son." He said, "Here I am."
Eli said, "What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from
me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from
me of all that he told you." So Samuel told him everything
and hid nothing from him. Then he said, "It is the Lord; let
him do what seems good to him." As Samuel grew up, the Lord
was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all
Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy
prophet of the Lord.]
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10 (11-20)
Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting
down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with
all my ways.
there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it
press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot
attain to it.
you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my
will thank you because I am marvellously made; your works are
wonderful, and I know it well.
body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and
woven in the depths of the earth.
eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were
written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet
there was none of them.
deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!
I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
PSALM 139:1-5, 12-17
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and
ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who
said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone
in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay
jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power
belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in
every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life
of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we
live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so
that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So
death is at work in us, but life in you.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-12
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
One sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they
made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The
Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not
lawful on the sabbath?" And he said to them, "Have you
never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry
and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar
was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is
not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his
companions." Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made
for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of
Man is lord even of the sabbath." Again he entered the
synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They
watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so
that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the
withered hand, "Come forward." Then he said to them,
"Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to
save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around
at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and
said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched
it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and
immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to
MARK 2:23 3:6
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day.
Give us the wisdom of obedience
and help us to do your holy and life-giving will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you have fed us at the table of your grace.
Deliver us from all spiritual pride,
and give us a quiet confidence in your mercy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.