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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 66:1-20
Psalm 67:1-7
Judges 11:1-11,29-40
2 Corinthians 11:21-31
Mark 4:35-41

Ordinary Time
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

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Psalm 66

(1) Shout with joy to God, all the earth! (2) Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! (3) Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. (4) All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.' Selah

(5) Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf! (6) He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot-- come, let us rejoice in him. (7) He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations-- let not the rebellious rise up against him. Selah (8) Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;

(9) he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. (10) For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. (11) You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. (12) You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

(13) I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you-- (14) vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble. (15) I will sacrifice fat animals to you and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats. Selah (16) Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.

(17) I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. (18) If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; (19) but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. (20) Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!



Psalm 67

(1) May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah (2) that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. (3) May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. (4) May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. Selah

(5) May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. (6) Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. (7) God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.


Judges 11

(1) Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. (2) Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. 'You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,' they said, 'because you are the son of another woman.' (3) So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a group of adventurers gathered around him and followed him. (4) Some time later, when the Ammonites made war on Israel,

(5) the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. (6) Come,' they said, 'be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.' (7) Jephthah said to them, 'Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house? Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?' (8) The elders of Gilead said to him, 'Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be our head over all who live in Gilead.'

(9) Jephthah answered, 'Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the LORD gives them to me-- will I really be your head?' (10) The elders of Gilead replied, 'The LORD is our witness; we will certainly do as you say.' (11) So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the LORD in Mizpah. (29) Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. (30) And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD: 'If you give the Ammonites into my hands, (31) whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.' (32) Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands.

(33) He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon. (34) When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. (35) When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, 'Oh! My daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.' (36) My father,' she replied, 'you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.

(37) But grant me this one request,' she said. 'Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.' (38) You may go,' he said. And he let her go for two months. She and the girls went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. (39) After the two months, she returned to her father and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin. From this comes the Israelite custom (40) that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



2 Corinthians 11

(21) To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! What anyone else dares to boast about-- I am speaking as a fool-- I also dare to boast about. (22) Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I. (23) Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. (24) Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.

(25) Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, (26) I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. (27) I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. (28) Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

(29) Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? (30) If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (31) The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Mark 4

(35) That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, 'Let us go over to the other side.' (36) Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. (37) A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. (38) Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?'

(39) He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (40) He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' (41) They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'



Seasonal Collect:  Proper 14 The Sunday closest to August 10
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer   

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.



Closing Prayers   

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord