PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK

MONDAY

PSALM 142

TUESDAY​

COMMEMORATION OF BARTOLOME DE LAS CASAS, MISSIONARY TO THE INDIES, 1566

AMOS 9:1-4

WEDNESDAY

LUKE 7:31-35

THURSDAY

PSALM 23

FRIDAY

JEREMIAH 10:17-25

SATURDAY

LUKE 18:35-43

9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

JEREMIAH 23:1-6; PSALM 23; EPHESIANS 2:11-22; MARK 6:30-34, 53-56

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, 2018

8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
WHEN AMOS TOLD WHAT HE HAD SAW WHEN GOD HELD UP THE PLUMB LINE OF JUSTICE NEXT TO ISRAEL---THAT

THE POOR WERE BEING TRAMPLED---HE WAS A THREAT TO POWER OF PRIESTS AND KING. JOHN THE BAPTIST

ALSO SPOKE TRUTH TO POWER, AND HEROD HAD HIM BEHEADED. IN HEROD'S FEAR THAT JESUS IS JOHN

RETURNED FROM THE DEAD, WE MAY HEAR HOPE FOR THE OPPRESSED: THAT ALL THE PROPHETS KILLED

THROUGH THE AGES ARE ALIVE IN JESUS. WE ARE CALLED TO WITNESS TO JUSTICE IN COMPANY WITH THEM.


PRAYER OF THE DAY

O GOD, FROM YOU COME ALL HOLY DESIRES, ALL GOOD COUNSELS, AND ALL JUST WORKS. GIVE TO

US, YOUR SERVANTS, THAT PEACE WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE, THAT OUR HEARTS MAY BE SET

TO OBEY YOUR COMMANDMENTS; AND ALSO THAT WE, BEING DEFENDED FROM THE FEAR OF OUR

ENEMIES, MAY LIVE IN PEACE AND QUIETNESS, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR AND LORD.

AMEN.

FIRST READING

AMOS 7:7-15

AMOS WAS NOT THE KIND OF PROPHET ATTACHED TO TEMPLES OR ROYAL COURTS. RATHER, HE

WAS AN ORDINARY FARMER FROM JUDAH (THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM) CALLED BY GOD TO SPEAK

TO ISRAEL (THE NORTHERN KINGDOM). GOD'S WORD OF JUDGEMENT THROUGH AMOS CONFLICTED

WITH THE KING'S COURT PROPHETY AMAZIAH, WHOM AMOS ENCOUNTERED AT BETHEL.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.

PSALM
PSALM 85:8-13; REFRAIN PS. 85:8

I WILL LISTEN TO WHAT THE LORD GOD IS SAYING, I WILL LISTEN TO THE LORD.
PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


SECOND READING

EPHESIANS 1:3-14
IN JESUS, ALL OF GOD'S PLANS AND PURPOSES HAVE BEEN MADE KNOWN AS HEAVEN

AND EARTH ARE UNITED IN CHRIST. THROUGH JESUS, WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS

GOD'S CHILDREN AND HAVE BEEN PROMISED ETERNAL SALVATION.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.


GOSPEL

MARK 6:14-29

AS JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES BEGIN TO ATTRACT ATTENTION, MARK RECALLS THE

STORY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST'S MARTYRDOM. LIKE JOHN, JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES

WILL ALSO SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF THOSE OPPOSED TO THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION.

PLEASE REFER TO YOUR BIBLE FOR THE READING.