and Readings for Sunday 22nd July 2018 Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify
and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments: that through your most
mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who
is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
2 Samuel Ch 7:1-14a
1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given
him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, "See now, I am living in
a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent."
3 Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that
you have in mind; for the LORD is with you."
But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: 5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are
you the one to build me a house to live in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people
of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have moved
about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to
shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" 8 Now therefore thus
you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be
prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from
before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint
a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and
evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel;
and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come
forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom forever.
14a I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.
Mark Ch 6: v. 30-34, 53-56
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told
him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves
and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away
in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried
there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he
had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they
got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the
sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid
the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were
service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things; may the ears which have heard your word be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit; may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love shine
with the light of hope; and may the bodies which have been fed with your body be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever. Amen.
We have been asked to pray for:
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