Holy Cross Church Binstead &

St Peter Havenstreet

1st Sunday After Trinity

Holy Cross, Binstead                                                                             St Peter’s, Havenstreet

19th June 2022
1st Sunday after Trinity

Year C

 

Collect

O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.

 

Isaiah 65.1-9

    “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
        I was found by those who did not seek me.
    To a nation that did not call on my name,
        I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
    All day long I have held out my hands
        to an obstinate people,
    who walk in ways not good,
        pursuing their own imaginations –
    a people who continually provoke me
        to my very face,
    offering sacrifices in gardens
        and burning incense on altars of brick;
    who sit among the graves
        and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
    who eat the flesh of pigs,
        and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;
    who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me,
        for I am too sacred for you!’
    Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
        a fire that keeps burning all day.
    “See, it stands written before me;
        I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
        I will pay it back into their laps –
    both your sins and the sins of your fathers,”
        says the LORD.
    “Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
        and defied me on the hills,
    I will measure into their laps
        the full payment for their former deeds.”

This is what the LORD says:

    “As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes
        and men say, ‘Don’t destroy it,
        there is yet some good in it,’
    so will I do on behalf of my servants;
        I will not destroy them all.
    I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
        and from Judah those who will possess my mountains;
    my chosen people will inherit them,
        and there will my servants live.”

 

Galatians 3.23-29

Before faith in Jesus Christ came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

Luke 8.26-39

Jesus and his disciples sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over the town how much Jesus had done for him.

 

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal Father,
we thank you for nourishing us
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Copyright acknowledgement:
1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton.    The Archbishops' Council 2000.  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

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