Sunday 26 July 2020
Collect – Catherine S
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 29.15–28 – David & Catherine
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, ‘Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?’ 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. 18 Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, ‘I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.’ 19 Laban said, ‘It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.’ 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.’ 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) 25 When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?’ 26 Laban said, ‘This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me for another seven years.’ 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.
Psalm 105.1–11, 45b – Dennis
1 O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; •
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises, •
and tell of all his marvellous works.
3 Rejoice in the praise of his holy name; •
let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord and his strength; •
seek his face continually.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, •
his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham his servant, •
O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God; •
his judgements are in all the earth.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant, •
the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham, •
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob, •
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan •
to be the portion of your inheritance.’
45 That they might keep his statutes •
and faithfully observe his laws.
Matthew 13.31–33, 44–52 – Jenny
31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’
33 He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’
44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52 And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’
Intercessions – Lizzie and Brian
533 – O perfect love all human thought
MP182 – God has spoken to his people