BELOW ARE THE READINGS FOR THE LAST SUNDAY SERVICE PLUS READINGS FOR FORTHCOMING SUNDAYS
25th July – Trinity 8
Ephesians 3: 14 – end
14For this reason I fall on my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name. 16I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, 17and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, 18so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. 19Yes, may you come to know his love — although it can never be fully known — and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. 20To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: 21to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, for ever and ever! Amen.
John 6: 1 – 21
1Jesus left that place and went back to his home town, followed by his disciples. 2On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people were there; and when they heard him, they were all amazed. “Where did he get all this?” they asked. “What wisdom is this that has been given him? How does he perform miracles? 3Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters living here?” And so they rejected him. 4Jesus said to them, “Prophets are respected everywhere except in their own home town and by their relatives and their family.” 5He was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6He was greatly surprised, because the people did not have faith. Then Jesus went to the villages round there, teaching the people. 7He called the twelve disciples together and sent them out two by two. He gave them authority over the evil spirits 8and ordered them, “Don’t take anything with you on your journey except a stick — no bread, no beggar’s bag, no money in your pockets. 9Wear sandals, but don’t carry an extra shirt.” 10He also said, “Wherever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that place. 11If you come to a town where people do not welcome you or will not listen to you, leave it and shake the dust off your feet. That will be a warning to them!” 12So they went out and preached that people should turn away from their sins. 13They drove out many demons, and rubbed olive oil on many sick people and healed them. 14Now King Herod heard about all this, because Jesus’ reputation had spread everywhere. Some people were saying, “John the Baptist has come back to life! That is why he has this power to perform miracles.” 15Others, however, said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” 16When Herod heard it, he said, “He is John the Baptist! I had his head cut off, but he has come back to life!” 17Herod himself had ordered John’s arrest, and he had him chained and put in prison. Herod did this because of Herodias, whom he had married, even though she was the wife of his brother Philip. 18John the Baptist kept telling Herod, “It isn’t right for you to be married to your brother’s wife!” 19So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she could not because of Herod. 20Herod was afraid of John because he knew that John was a good and holy man, and so he kept him safe. He liked to listen to him, even though he became greatly disturbed every time he heard him. 21Finally Herodias got her chance. It was on Herod’s birthday, when he gave a feast for all the chief government officials, the military commanders, and the leading citizens of Galilee.
1st August – Trinity 9
Ephesians 4: 1 – 16
1I urge you, then — I who am a prisoner because I serve the Lord: live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you. 2Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. 3Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you. 5There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6there is one God and Father of all, who is Lord of all, works through all, and is in all. 7Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given. 8As the scripture says: “When he went up to the very heights, he took many captives with him; he gave gifts to people.” 9Now, what does “he went up” mean? It means that first he came down to the lowest depths of the earth. 10So the one who came down is the same one who went up, above and beyond the heavens, to fill the whole universe with his presence. 11 It was he who “gave
gifts”; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. 12He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. 13And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature. 14Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful people, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent. 15Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. 16Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.
John 6: 24 – 35
24So the girl went out and asked her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 25The girl hurried back at once to the king and demanded, “I want you to give me here and now the head of John the Baptist on a dish!” 26This made the king very sad, but he could not refuse her because of the vows he had made in front of all his guests. 27So he sent off a guard at once with orders to bring John’s head. The guard left, went to the prison, and cut John’s head off; 28then he brought it on a dish and gave it to the girl, who gave it to her mother. 29When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body, and buried it. 30The apostles returned and met with Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught. 31 There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. So he said to them, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while.” 32 So they started out in a boat by themselves for a lonely place. 33Many people, however, saw them leave and knew at once who they were; so they went from all the towns and ran ahead by land and arrived at the place ahead of Jesus and his disciples. 34When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. 35When it was getting late, his disciples came to him and said, “It is already very late, and this is a lonely place.