Newsletter for the Second Sunday after Trinity

It is not possible to publish our usual Newsletter this week since both Fr Michael and Kate have been ill all week and Kate is currently very poorly and in hospital. Please remember them in your Prayers.

Please find the Readings, below:-

Sunday 9th June 2024       2nd Sunday after Trinity


Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth:  send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.  Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

A reading from  the 1st Book of Samuel (8.4-11, [12-15,] 16-20 [; 11.14, 15])

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.’

            But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only – you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’

            So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots;

            ‘He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’

            But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us.’

            Samuel said to the people, ‘Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.’ So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed offerings of well-being before the Lord, and there Saul and all the Israelites rejoiced greatly.

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

Psalm 138

            Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;  before the gods will I sing praise to you.  I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name, because of your love and faithfulness;  for you have glorified your name and your word above all things.

            Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

In the day that I called to you, you answered me;  you put new strength in my soul.  All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

            Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the Lord.  Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly;  as for the proud, he regards them from afar.

            Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will preserve me;  you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;  your right hand will save me.  The Lord shall make good his purpose for me;  your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;  forsake not the work of your hands.

            Your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever.

A reading from the 2nd letter to the  Corinthians   (4.13 – 5.1)

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture – ‘I believed, and so I spoke’ – we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

            So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

            For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

This is the word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God.

Listen to the Gospel of Christ according to St Mark   (3.20 – 35)

            Glory to you, O Lord.

And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’

            And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

            ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’ – for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

            Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’

            And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ.