The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday closest to July 6

Year A
BCP

Zechariah 9:9-12
Romans 7:21-8:6
Matthew 11:25-30
Psalm 145 or 145:8-14

The Collect

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Zechariah 9:9-12

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

The Psalm

Psalm 145 or 145:8-14 Page 801 or 802, BCP

Exaltabo te, Deus

1
I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.

2
Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.

3
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.

4
One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.

5
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.

6
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
and I will tell of your greatness.

7
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.

8
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.

9
The LORD is loving to everyone *
and his compassion is over all his works.

10
All your works praise you, O LORD, *
and your faithful servants bless you.

11
They make known the glory of your kingdom *
and speak of your power;

12
That the peoples may know of your power *
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14
The LORD is faithful in all his words *
and merciful in all his deeds.

15
The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
he lifts up those who are bowed down.

16
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
and you give them their food in due season.

17
You open wide your hand *
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.

18
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.

19
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.

20
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and helps them.

21
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he destroys all the wicked.

22
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

The Epistle

Romans 7:21-8:6

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

The Gospel

Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


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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