David of Wales
Almighty God, who called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever.
O LORD,You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. 6
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. 7
I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. 8
I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. 10
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 11
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Old Testament 14
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. 15
All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. 16
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble. 17
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred. 18
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention. 19
The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway. 20
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 21
Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
New Testament 2
1 Thessalonians 2:2-12
But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 3
For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. 4
But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 5
For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness -- God is witness. 6
Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7
But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8
So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9
For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 10
You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11
as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12
that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapter 4, beginning at verse 26
And He said, 'The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27
and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28
For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29
But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.'
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.