The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday closest to July 20

Year A
BCP

Wisdom 12:13,16-19
Romans 8:18-25
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
Psalm 86 or 86:11-17

The Collect

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson

Wisdom 12:13,16-19

There is no god besides you, whose care is for all people,
to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly;
for your strength is the source of righteousness,
and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all.
For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power,
and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it.
Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness,
and with great forbearance you govern us;
for you have power to act whenever you choose.
Through such works you have taught your people
that the righteous must be kind,
and you have filled your children with good hope,
because you give repentance for sins.

The Psalm

Psalm 86 or 86:11-17 Page 709, 710, BCP

Inclina, Domine

1
Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.

2
Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.

3
Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.

4
Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

5
For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

6
Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7
In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.

8
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.

9
All nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.

10
For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.

11
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.

12
I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.

13
For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.

14
The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.

15
But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.

16
Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.

17
Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

The Epistle

Romans 8:18-25

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The Gospel

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, `Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, `An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, `No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"


Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.


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