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The Collects and Readings for Third Sunday after Trinity, 17th June 2018

Collect

 Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

2 Corinthians Ch 5: v. 6-10, (11-13), 14-17
6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord -- 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Mark Ch 4: v. 26-34

26 He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."

30 He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Post Communion Collect

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

 

Announcements

Hugo Harry Arthur Sadler and Harry Mark Graves

were baptised on Sunday 10th June 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Blakesley

 Dates for your Diary

 CHURCH TEAS will be served every Sunday at St Martin’s, Litchborough, 3-5pm, throughout June, July and August

LITCHBOROUGH OPEN GARDENS – Sunday 24th June, 2-5.30pm

‘EIGHT IN A BAR’, a well-known small choir, will give a concert in Maidford Church on Saturday 30th June, 7pm  in aid of the Church. Tickets available from Deborah Chamberlain (01327 860391) and Merrill Mayo (01327 860256), £15 to include wine and canapes (children £7).

 

Prayers - we have been asked to remember in our prayers:

David Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Lynda Hinton, Diane Jones, Rev’d John Knight, Jill Knight, Philip Le Roux, Sylvia Reynolds, and James Wagstaffe.