Readings for July and August

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The easiest way to find the regular readings is to use an online lectionary. I use the Oremus website at <oremus.org/cofe.html>. This gives a simple link to the Common Worship liturgy for that day. It’s all in one place and includes all the readings and psalms as well as the Collect and so on.

A great way to access regular readings, complete with reflections and commentary is to get some Bible Notes. “New Daylight” costs £4.70 for four months. Jill will order the September to December copies soon – but if you want one you must get in touch with her! (She doesn’t know who you all are; even the “regulars”!)

The Sunday readings are here – with the traditional collects for the day:

5th July – The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 24.34-38,42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45.10-17 or Canticle: Song of Solomon 2.8-13; Romans 7.15-25a; Matthew 11.16-19,25-30

Collect
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

12th July – The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 25.19-34; Psalm 119.105-112; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13.1-9,18-23;

Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

19th July – The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 28.10-19a; Psalm 139.1-11,23,24*; Romans 8.12-25; Matthew 13.24-30,36-43;

Collect
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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.

26th July – The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 29.15-28; Psalm 105.1-11,45b* or ; Psalm 128; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52

Collect
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.

Readings for August

2nd August – The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 32.22-31; Psalm 17.1-7,16*; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.13-21

Collect
Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

9th August – The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 37.1-4,12-28; Psalm 105.1-6,16-22,45b*; Romans 10.5-15; Matthew 14.22-33

Collect
Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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.

16th August – The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Genesis 45.1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15.[10-20]21-28

Collect
Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
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.

23rd August – The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Exodus 1.8 – 2.10; Psalm 124; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20

Collect
O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.

30th August – The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Exodus 3.1-15; Psalm 105.1-6,23-26,45b*; Romans 12.9-21; Matthew 16.21-28

Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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.

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