The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday Closest to June 22

Year B
BCP

 

Job 38:1-11,16-18
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Mark 4:35-41;(5:1-20)
Psalm 107:1-32 or 107:1-3, 23-32

The Collect

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Old Testament

Job 38:1-11,16-18

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:

The Psalm

Psalm 107:1-32 or 107:1-3, 23-32 Page 746, BCP

Confitemini Domino

1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.

2
Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3
He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

4
Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.

5
They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.

6
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

7
He put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.

8
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

9
For he satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.

10
Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;

11
Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.

12
So he humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.

13
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

14
He led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.

15
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

16
For he shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.

17
Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.

18
They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death's door.

19
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

20
He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.

21
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

22
Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

23
Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;

24
They beheld the works of the LORD *
and his wonders in the deep.

25
Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.

26
They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.

27
They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits' end.

28
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

29
He stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.

30
Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.

31
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

32
Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the council of the elders.


2 Corinthians 5:14-21

The love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Mark 4:35-41;(5:1-20)

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

[They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; and the unclean spirits begged him, "Send us into the swine; let us enter them." So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.

The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.]



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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