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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2022

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 


PRAYER OF THE DAY

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom.

Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all  that hinders us, we may

steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. AMEN


FIRST READING

1 KINGS 19:15-16, 19-21
Then the Lord said to [Elijah,] “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of
     Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you
     shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha
     son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.

     So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing.
     There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah
     passed by him and threw his mantle over him. He left the oxen, ran after Elijah,
     and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then
     Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” He returned
     from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the
     equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and
     they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.


PSALM
PSALM 16

(Response) I have set the Lord always before me.


Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”
All my delight is in the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble among the people.
But those who run after other gods
shall have their troubles multiplied.
I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods,
never take their names upon my lips.
(Response) I have set the Lord always before me.

O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;
it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
indeed, I have a rich inheritance.
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
my heart teaches me night after night.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
(Response) I have set the Lord always before me.

My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor let your holy one see the pit.
You will show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,

and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Response) I have set the Lord always before me.


SECOND READING

GALATIANS 5:1, 13-25
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore,

and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

     For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your
     freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to
     one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You
     shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and devour one
     another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

     Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the
     flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to
     the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what
     you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the
     works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,
     sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy,
     drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you
     before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

     By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
     generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against
     such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with
     its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.


GOSPELREADING

LUKE 9:51-62
When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to
     Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a
     village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him,
     because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John
     saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from
     heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went
     on to another village.

     As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you
     wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air
     have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said,
     “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus
     said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim
     the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say

     farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to
     the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”