BETWEEN 3 JULY AND 9 JULY
SAMUEL 5:1-5, 9-10
your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for the least of your children
we do also for him.
Give us the will to serve others
as he was the servant of all,
who gave up his life and died for us,
but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
Then all the tribes of
Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, "Look, we are your
bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was
you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It
is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be
ruler over Israel." So all the elders of Israel came to the
king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron
before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David
was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty
years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months;
and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three
years. David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of
David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward. And
David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts,
was with him.
2 SAMUEL 5:1-5, 9-10
REFRAIN God shall be
our guide for evermore.
is the Lord, and highly to be praised; in the city of our God is
his holy hill.
and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, the very
centre of the world and the city of the great king.
is in her citadels; he is known to be her sure refuge. R
the kings of the earth assembled and marched forward together.
looked and were astounded; they retreated and fled in terror.
seized them there; they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like
ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them. R
we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God; God has established her for ever.
have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, in the
midst of your temple.
praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; your
right hand is full of justice. R
Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of
the circuit of Zion; walk round about her; count the number of her
well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds; that you may tell
those who come after.
God is our God for ever and ever; he shall be our guide for
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
I know a person in
Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven -
whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.
And I know that such a person - whether in the body or out of the
body I do not know; God knows was caught up into Paradise and
heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted
to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own
behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to
boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But
I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what
is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional
character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too
elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to
torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I
appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he
said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is
made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more
gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in
me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever
I am weak, then I am strong.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
Jesus came to his
hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began
to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded.
They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this
wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being
done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and
brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his
sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him. Then
Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour, except
in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own
house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that
he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was
amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages
teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by
two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered
them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread,
no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to
put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a
house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not
welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off
the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them."
So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast
out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and
OVER THE GIFTS
God of heaven and earth,
receive our sacrifice of praise,
and strengthen us
for the perfect freedom of your service,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ
may we who have shared in holy things
never fail to serve you in your world,
and so come to the fullness of joy,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.