Thursday after Trinity Sunday

    The Collect of the Day

    Proper 4

    The Sunday closest to June 1

    O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



    Deus deorumBCP p. 654

    1The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

    2Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *God reveals himself in glory.

    3Our God will come and will not keep silence; *before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.

    4He calls the heavens and the earth from above *to witness the judgment of his people.

    5“Gather before me my loyal followers, *those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.”

    6Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *for God himself is judge.

    7Hear, O my people, and I will speak: “O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *for I am God, your God.

    8I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *your offerings are always before me.

    9I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *nor he-goats out of your pens;

    10For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *the herds in their thousands upon the hills.

    11I know every bird in the sky, *and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.

    12If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.

    13Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *or drink the blood of goats?

    14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *and make good your vows to the Most High.

    15Call upon me in the day of trouble; *I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.”

    16But to the wicked God says: *“Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips;

    17Since you refuse discipline, *and toss my words behind your back?

    18When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *and you cast in your lot with adulterers.

    19You have loosed your lips for evil, *and harnessed your tongue to a lie.

    20You are always speaking evil of your brother *and slandering your own mother’s son.

    21These things you have done, and I kept still, *and you thought that I am like you.”

    22“I have made my accusation; *I have put my case in order before your eyes.

    23Consider this well, you who forget God, *lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.

    24Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”

    Daily Office Readings




    2 Cor. 8:1-16

    1 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2 for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4 begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 5 and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6 so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13 I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14 your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15 As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.” 16 But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same eagerness for you that I myself have.

    Luke 18:1-8

    1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

    Deut. 16:18-20, 17:14-20

    18 You shall appoint judges and officials throughout your tribes, in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall render just decisions for the people. 19 You must not distort justice; you must not show partiality; and you must not accept bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 14 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,” 15 you may indeed set over you a king whom the Lord your God will choose. One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community. 16 Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the Lord has said to you, “You must never return that way again.” 17 And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself. 18 When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. 19 It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.