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St Mary’s, West Derby
Prayers, Readings & Gospel

Sunday, July 12th, 2015                   Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Prayer for the Day (Collect)
Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion
God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in
the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for the Week
Monday 13th Psalm 123, Esther 4, 2 Corinthians 6.1-7.1
Lord, we praise you that you have called us to be your faithful people; to remember the story of our faith; to hold
fast to all that is true and to keep you at the centre of all things.
Tuesday 14th Psalm 132, Esther 5, 2 Corinthians 7.2-end
Lord, we praise you that in Christ all our ‘ends’ become his ‘new beginnings’ and all our weaknesses are clothed in
his strength.
Wednesday 15th Psalm 119.153-end, Esther 6.1-13, 2 Corinthians 8.1-15
Lord, we praise you that in Christ our times of emptiness are filled with hope and our brokenness has found the only
source of peace and wholeness.
Thursday 16th Psalm 143, Esther 6.14-7.end, 2 Corinthians 8.16-9.5
Lord, we praise you that in Christ your damaged world can be restored and its prisoners of drugs, abuse and hate can
find that freedom of which they dreamed.
Friday 17th Psalm 142, Esther 8, 2 Corinthians 9.6-end
Lord, we praise you that in Christ the joy of heaven bursts into our days and hours and by your Holy Spirit the things
of earth find their centre and purpose in him.
Saturday 18th Psalm 147, Esther 9.20-28, 2 Corinthians 10
Lord, we praise you that in Christ our lives receive a purpose vast and wide. Each time we spread the table of bread
and wine we meet with him who gave himself for all.

In Our Prayers This Week
Those who are sick:
Jean Armstrong, Eve Halsall, Kathleen McGrath, Maureen Clague, Gwen Johnson, Evelyn Watson, Thelma Davies,
Allan Telfer, Robert Marley,  John Harvey (Junior), Anita Povell, Joyce Bell, Marlene Williams, Gladys Tarlton, Irene
Dawson And our “Congregation at Home”.
Those who have recently died:
Madeline Elliott, William Harrison
The year’s mind:
John Thomas Lawler, Glenys Cant, Georgina Rotherham, Barbara Harvey, Joyce Margaret Leyland, Harry Nicholson,
Alan Malcolm Henderson, Barbara Jane Mountain, Herbert John Metcalfe, William Pye,
James Maddock Blackburn,
Couples who celebrated their 1st Wedding Anniversary this Weekend:
Gillian & Allan Dwan

Readings & Gospel.
First Reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
A reading from the second book of Samuel.
1 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God,
which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim.
3 They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill.
Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart
4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.
5 David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and
harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.
12 So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of
Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing;
13 and when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
14 David danced before the LORD with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the
16 As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David. Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and
saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and
David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the LORD.
18 When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people
in the name of the LORD of hosts,
19 and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a
cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual
blessing in the heavenly places,
4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ,
according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of
his grace
8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight
9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in Christ,
things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who
accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,
12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in
him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
14 this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel: Mark 6:14-29
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
14 King Herod heard of the healings and other miracles, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying,
‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’
15 But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’
16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’
17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of
Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her.
18 For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’
19 And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard
him, he was greatly perplexed;
and yet he liked to listen to him.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the
leaders of Galilee.
22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the
girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’
23 And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you,
even half of my kingdom.’
24 She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the Baptist.’
25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the
Baptizer on a platter.’
26 The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded
him in the prison,
28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.