Sunday 19th August 2018

Proper 15

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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.


Old Testament

1 Kings 2:10-12;3:3-14

   10So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

   11And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

   12Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.

Passage 1 Kings 3:3-14:

   3And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

   4And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

   5In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

   6And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

   7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

   8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

   9Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

   10And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.

   11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

   12Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

   13And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

   14And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.



Ephesians 5:15-20

   15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

   16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

   17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

   18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

   19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

   20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;



Psalm 111

   1Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

   2The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

   3His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

   4He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

   5He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

   6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

   7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

   8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

   9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

   10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.



John 6:51-58

   51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

   52The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

   53Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

   54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

   55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

   56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

   57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

   58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.








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