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Texts from the New International Version (NIV) Bible
Today’s Readings: Psalm 62 and Romans 2:1-16
Service Theme: God's solution
Collects and Readings
17th June 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Trinity
Collects and Readings
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation
may be brought to the glorious liberty
of the children of God;
through 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.
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
- On God alone my soul in stillness waits; from him comes my salvation.
- He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
- How long will all of you assail me to destroy me, as you would a tottering wall or a leaning fence?
- They plot only to thrust me down from my place of honour; lies are their chief delight; they bless with their mouth, but in their heart they curse.
- Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul; for in him is my hope.
- He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
- In God is my strength and my glory; God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
- Put your trust in him always, my people; pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
- The peoples are but a breath, the whole human race a deceit; on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
- Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride; though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
- God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same, that power belongs to God.
- Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord, for you repay everyone according to their deeds.
Second Reading – Romans 2:1-16
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God "will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favouritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God judges people's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Readings for next week – 24 June 2018
4th Sunday after Trinity
- Romans 3: 5-8, 19-26
- John 3:16-21