Bible Readings for 14 July 2024

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, 
   the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.
  For he has founded it upon the seas 
   and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, 
   or who can rise up in his holy place?’
  ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, 
   who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,
      nor sworn an oath to a lie;
  ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, 
   a just reward from the God of their salvation.’
  Such is the company of those who seek him, 
   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
  ‘Who is the King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord, strong and mighty,
      the Lord who is mighty in battle.’
  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
  ‘Who is this King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord of hosts,
      he is the King of glory.’

Mark 6:14-29

King Herod heard of it, 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.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’

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. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 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. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 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.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Collect Prayer

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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.

Post Communion Prayer

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

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