Readings for July 19, 2020, The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19    Psalm 86     Romans 8:18-25   Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY              Page 618, BCP

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON                          Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (NRSV)

3 For neither is there any god besides you, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly; 16 For your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all. 17 For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it. 18 Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. 19 Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins.

PSALM 86                                           Page 381 BCP

1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and hear me, * for I am poor and in misery.

2 Preserve my life, for I am faithful; * my God, save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord, * for I will call daily upon you.

4 Comfort the soul of your servant, * for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For you, Lord, are good and gracious, * and of great mercy to all those who call upon you.

6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer, * and attend to the voice of my humble supplications.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, * for you answer me when I call.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, * nor are there any deeds like yours.

9 All nations that you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord, * and shall glorify your Name.

10 For you are great and do wondrous things; * indeed, you are God alone.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; * O knit my heart to you, that I may fear your Name.

12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, * and will praise your Name for evermore.

13 For great is your mercy toward me; * and the company of violent men have sought after my life, and have not set you before their eyes.

15 But you, O Lord God, are full of compassion and mercy, * long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.

16 O turn then unto me, and have mercy upon me; * give your strength unto your servant, and help the son of your handmaid.

17 Show me some token of your favor, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, * because you, Lord, have been my helper and comforter.

THE SECOND LESSON                      Romans 8:18-25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

THE HOLY GOSPEL                           Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Readings for July 26, 2020, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 12

1 Kings 3:3-14     Psalm 119:121-136        Romans 8:26-34            Matthew 13:31-33, 44-50


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY                         Page 618, BCP

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON                                1 Kings 3:3-14

3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”


PSALM 119:121-136                                Page 436, BCP

121 I have done that which is lawful and right; * O give me not over to my oppressors.

122 Be surety for your servant’s good; * O let not the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes have wasted away with looking for your salvation, * and for the word of your righteousness.

124 O deal with your servant according to your loving mercy, * and teach me your statutes.

125 I am your servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know your testimonies.

126 It is time for you, O Lord, to act, * for they have broken your law.

127 For I love your commandments above all things, * more than gold and precious stones.

128 Therefore I hold all your commandments to be right, * and all false ways I utterly abhor.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful; * therefore does my soul keep them.

130 When your word goes forth it gives light * and understanding to the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath, * for my delight was in your commandments.

132 O look upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as you always do for those who love your Name.

133 Order my steps according to your word, * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.

134 O deliver me from those who deal wrongfully, * and so shall I keep your commandments.

135 Show the light of your countenance upon your servant, * and teach me your statues.

136 My eyes gush out water * because of those who do not keep your law.


THE SECOND LESSON                           Romans 8:26-34

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                      Matthew 13:31-33, 44-50

31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants 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 leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. 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 who, on finding one pearl of great value, 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 gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away 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 fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.