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August 19th, 2018

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity


Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear
  than we to pray
and to give more
  than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us
  the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things
  of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Additional Collect

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading

Proverbs 9.1-6

1Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. 2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. 3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, 4‘You that are simple, turn in here!’ To those without sense she says, 5‘Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.’

Psalm 34.9-14

R O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.

9  Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, *
for those who fear him lack nothing.

10  Lions may lack and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the Lord
lack nothing that is good. R

11  Come, my children, and listen to me; *
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12  Who is there who delights in life *
and longs for days to enjoy good things? R

13  Keep your tongue from evil *
and your lips from lying words.

14  Turn from evil and do good; *
seek peace and pursue it. R

Second Reading

Ephesians 5.15-20

Brothers and sisters, 15be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


John 6.51-58

Jesus said to the Jews: 51‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ 53So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

Post Communion

God of all mercy,
in this eucharist you have set aside our sins
and given us your healing:
grant that we who are made whole in Christ
may bring that healing to this broken world,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (12th after Trinity) © 1985 Anglican Church of Canada: The Book of Alternative Services

Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2000, 2002

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