Sunday  26 June – 2nd Sunday after Trinity 


The service is live-streamed and can be found on the church Facebook page.

Collect

Faithful Creator,
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

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First Reading

1 Kings 19.15-16, 19-21

The Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.  Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.  So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was ploughing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth.  Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him.  He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, ‘Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.’  Then Elijah said to him, ‘Go back again; for what have I done to you?’  He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate.  Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

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Psalm

16

1  Preserve me, O God
for in thee have I put my trust.
2  O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord
Thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.
3  All my delight is upon the saints, that are in the earth
and upon such as excel in virtue.
4  But they that run after another god
shall have great trouble.
5  Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer
neither make mention of their names within my lips.
6  The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup
thou shalt maintain my lot.
7  The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
8  I will thank the Lord for giving me warning
my reins also chasten me in the night-season.
9  I have set God always before me
for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
10  Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
11  For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell
neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
12  Thou shalt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy
and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

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Second Reading

Galatians 5.1,13-25

For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.  Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.  Now the works of the flesh are obvious:  fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these.  I am warning you, as I warned you before:  those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

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 Gospel

Luke 9.51-62

When the days drew near for him be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.  And he sent messengers ahead of him.  On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem.  When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’  But he turned and rebuked them.  Then they went on to another village.  As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’  To another Jesus said, ‘Follow me.’  But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’  But Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’  Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’  Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

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 Post Communion Prayer

Loving Father,
we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.