Readings

Friday after Pentecost

The Collect of the Day

Proper 2

Week of the Sunday closest to May 18

Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever; Amen.No Proper Preface is used. Amen.

15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

I. For those to be ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in your Church: Give your grace, we humbly pray, to all who are [now] called to any office and ministry for your people; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great Name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

II. For the choice of fit persons for the ministry

O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

15. For the Ministry (Ember Days)

III. For all Christians in their vocation

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, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Jackson Kemper

O God, who sent your son Jesus Christ to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that we, like your servant Jackson Kemper, may proclaim the Gospel in our own day, with courage, vision, and perseverance; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalms

16

Conserva me, DomineBCP p. 599

1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”

2All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *upon those who are noble among the people.

3But those who run after other gods *shall have their troubles multiplied.

4Their libations of blood I will not offer, *nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *it is you who uphold my lot.

6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *my heart teaches me, night after night.

8I have set the Lord always before me; *because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *my body also shall rest in hope.

10For you will not abandon me to the grave, *nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11You will show me the path of life; *in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

17

Exaudi, DomineBCP p. 600

1Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord; give heed to my cry; *listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

2Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *let your eyes be fixed on justice.

3Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.

4I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *I have heeded the words of your lips.

5My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *in your paths my feet shall not stumble.

6I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *incline your ear to me and hear my words.

7Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.

8Keep me as the apple of your eye; *hide me under the shadow of your wings,

9From the wicked who assault me, *from my deadly enemies who surround me.

10They have closed their heart to pity, *and their mouth speaks proud things.

11They press me hard, now they surround me, *watching how they may cast me to the ground,

12Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *and like a young lion lurking in secret places.

13Arise, O Lord; confront them and bring them down; *deliver me from the wicked by your sword.

14Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand *from those whose portion in life is this world;

15Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.

16But at my vindication I shall see your face; *when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Daily Office Readings

Prov. 8:1-21

1 Does not wisdom call,    and does not understanding raise her voice? 2 On the heights, beside the way,    at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3 beside the gates in front of the town,    at the entrance of the portals she cries out: 4 ‘To you, O people, I call,    and my cry is to all that live. 5 O simple ones, learn prudence;    acquire intelligence, you who lack it. 6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,    and from my lips will come what is right; 7 for my mouth will utter truth;    wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;    there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. 9 They are all straight to one who understands    and right to those who find knowledge. 10 Take my instruction instead of silver,    and knowledge rather than choice gold; 11 for wisdom is better than jewels,    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. 12 I, wisdom, live with prudence,    and I attain knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil    and perverted speech I hate. 14 I have good advice and sound wisdom;    I have insight, I have strength. 15 By me kings reign,    and rulers decree what is just; 16 by me rulers rule,    and nobles, all who govern rightly. 17 I love those who love me,    and those who seek me diligently find me. 18 Riches and honour are with me,    enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,    and my yield than choice silver. 20 I walk in the way of righteousness,    along the paths of justice, 21 endowing with wealth those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

2 John 1-13

1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 4 I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 5 But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it. 7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! 8 Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching; 11 for to welcome is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person. 12 Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your elect sister send you their greetings.

Matt. 12:1-14

A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew.

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.” 9 He left that place and entered their synagogue; 10 a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.