Week Beginning 21st June

21 June 2020 Second Sunday after Trinity
Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are
nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most
excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all
without which whoever lives is counted
dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus
Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Jeremiah 20:7–13
A reading from the book of the prophet
Jeremiah cried out: O LORD, you have
enticed me, and I was enticed; you
have overpowered me, and you have
prevailed. I have become a laughingstock
all day long; everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I
must shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become
for me a reproach and derision all day
long. If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,” then
within me there is something like a
burning fire shut up in my bones; I am
weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
For I hear many whispering: “Terror
is all around! Denounce him! Let us
denounce him!” All my close friends are
watching for me to stumble. “Perhaps
he can be enticed, and we can prevail
against him, and take our revenge on
him.” But the LORD is with me like a
dread warrior; therefore my persecutors
will stumble, and they will not prevail.
They will be greatly shamed, for they
will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour
will never be forgotten. O LORD of
hosts, you test the righteous, you see
the heart and the mind; let me see your
retribution upon them, for to you I have
committed my cause. Sing to the LORD;
praise the LORD! For he has delivered
the life of the needy from the hands of

Psalm 69:8–11. (12–17). 18–20
R In your great mercy, answer me,
O God.
Surely, for your sake have I suffered
and shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my own
an alien to my mother’s children. R
Zeal for your house has eaten me up;
the scorn of those who scorn you has
fallen upon me.
I humbled myself with fasting,
but that was turned to my reproach. R
[I put on sack-cloth also,
and became a byword among them.
Those who sit at the gate murmur
against me,
and the drunkards make songs about
But as for me, this is my prayer to you,
at the time you have set, O Lord: R
“In your great mercy, O God,
answer me with your unfailing help.
Save me from the mire; do not let me
let me be rescued from those who hate
and out of the deep waters.
Let not the torrent of waters wash over
neither let the deep swallow me up;
do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon
me.] R
Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind;
in your great compassion, turn to me.
Hide not your face from your servant;
be swift and answer me, for I am in
Draw near to me and redeem me;
because of my enemies deliver me.” R
Romans 6:1b–11
A reading from the letter of Paul to the
Should we continue in sin in order that
grace may abound? By no means! How
can we who died to sin go on living
in it? Do you not know that all of us
who have been baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into his death?
Therefore we have been buried with
him by baptism into death, so that, just
as Christ was raised from the dead by
the glory of the Father, so we too might
walk in newness of life. For if we have
been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a
resurrection like his. We know that our
old self was crucified with him so that
the body of sin might be destroyed,
and we might no longer be enslaved to
sin. For whoever has died is freed from
sin. But if we have died with Christ, we
believe that we will also live with him.
We know that Christ, being raised from
the dead, will never die again; death
no longer has dominion over him. The
death he died, he died to sin, once for
all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So you also must consider yourselves
dead to sin and alive to God in Christ

GOSPEL Matthew 10:24–39
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ according to Matthew.
Jesus summoned the twelve and sent
them out with the following instruction:
“A disciple is not above the teacher,
nor a slave above the master; it is
enough for the disciple to be like the
teacher, and the slave like the master.
If they have called the master of the
house Beelzebul, how much more will
they malign those of his household!
So have no fear of them; for nothing is
covered up that will not be uncovered,
and nothing secret that will not
become known. What I say to you in
the dark, tell in the light; and what
you hear whispered, proclaim from the
housetops. Do not fear those who kill
the body but cannot kill the soul; rather
fear him who can destroy both soul
and body in hell. Are not two sparrows
sold for a penny? Yet not one of them
will fall to the ground unperceived
by your Father. And even the hairs of
your head are all counted. So do not
be afraid; you are of more value than
many sparrows. Everyone therefore
who acknowledges me before others,
I also will acknowledge before my
Father in heaven; but whoever denies
me before others, I also will deny
before my Father in heaven. Do not
think that I have come to bring peace
to the earth; I have not come to bring
peace, but a sword. For I have come
to set a man against his father, and a
daughter against her mother, and a
daughter-in-law against her mother-inlaw;
and one’s foes will be members of
one’s own household. Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not
worthy of me; and whoever loves son or
daughter more than me is not worthy
of me; and whoever does not take up
the cross and follow me is not worthy
of me. Those who find their life will lose
it, and those who lose their life for my
sake will find it.”

Loving Father,
we thank you for feeding us at the
supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.