2nd Sunday after Trinity
10.30 Morning prayer at St Michael
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalm 92.1–4, 12–end
1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord
and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 To tell of your love early in the morning
and of your faithfulness in the night-time,
3 Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp,
and to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts,
and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
13 Such as are planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
they shall be vigorous and in full leaf;
15 That they may show that the Lord is true;
he is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Ezekiel 17.22–end – Ian
22 Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig
from the lofty top of a cedar;
I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one
from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain.
23 On the mountain height of Israel
I will plant it,
in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live;
in the shade of its branches will nest
winged creatures of every kind.
24 All the trees of the field shall know
that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree,
I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
I will accomplish it.
Mark 4.26–34 – Jenny
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.
Intercessions – John