and Readings for Sunday 15th July 2018 –Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish
us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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.
Samuel Ch 6: v. 1-5, 12b-19
1 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which
is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim. 3 They carried the ark of God on a
new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving
the new cart 4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark. 5 David and all the house of
Israel were dancing before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and
12b So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of
David with rejoicing; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and
a fatling. 14 David danced before the LORD with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16
As the ark of the LORD came into
the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD;
and she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place,
inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the LORD.
18 When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people
in the name of the LORD of hosts, 19 and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel,
both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their
Mark Ch 6: v. 14-29
King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from
the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him." 15 But others said, "It is Elijah."
And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." 16 But when Herod heard of it, he
said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested
John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her.
18 For John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19
And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing
that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked
to listen to him.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers
and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod
and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it."
And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." 24 She
went out and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptizer."
25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, "I want you to give me at once the head of John
the Baptist on a platter." 26 The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests,
he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's
head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl.
Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid
it in a tomb.
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive with ourselves the power of his death and passion that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be
made perfect in his love: for he is alive and reigns, now and 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 Wagstaffe.