The lectionary for Sunday 18 July

18 July 2021 Collect 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 our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a Now when the king was settled in his house, and the … Continue reading The lectionary for Sunday 18 July

The lectionary for Sunday 11 July

11 July 2021 Collect Merciful God,you have prepared for those who love yousuch good things as pass our understanding:Pour into our hearts such love toward youthat we, loving you above all things,may obtain your promises,which exceed all that we can desire;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. … Continue reading The lectionary for Sunday 11 July

Lectionary for Sunday 4 July

4 July 2021 Collect Almighty and everlasting God,by whose Spirit the whole body of the Churchis governed and sanctified:Hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,that in their vocation and ministrythey may serve you in holiness and truthto the glory of your name;through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. The First Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10 Then all the tribes … Continue reading Lectionary for Sunday 4 July

The Lectionary for Sunday 27 June

27 June 2021 Collect O God, the protector of all who trust in you,without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:Increase and multiply upon us your mercy;that with you as our ruler and guide,we may so pass through things temporalthat we finally lose not the things eternal:Grant this, heavenly Father,for Jesus Christ’s sake, our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: 2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27 After … Continue reading The Lectionary for Sunday 27 June

Lectionary for Sunday 13 June

13 June 2021 Collect Lord, you have taught usthat all our doings without love are nothing worth:Send your Holy Spiritand pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,the true bond of peace and of all virtues,without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen. The First Reading: 1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16: 13 … Continue reading Lectionary for Sunday 13 June

Lectionary for Sunday 6 June

6 June 2021 Collect O God,the strength of all them that put their trust in thee;Mercifully accept our prayers;and because through the weakness of our mortal naturewe can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace,that in keeping of thy commandmentswe may please thee both in will and deed;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: 1 Samuel 8: … Continue reading Lectionary for Sunday 6 June

Lectionary for the Day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

23 May 2021 Collect Almighty God,who on the day of Pentecostsent your Holy Spirit to the apostleswith the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:By the power of the same Spiritstrengthen us to witness to your truthand to draw everyone to the fire of your love;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The First Reading: Acts … Continue reading Lectionary for the Day of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

Can you spare 15 minutes for mental health?

By Bishop Pat Storey On World Mental Health Day last October, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev John McDowell, launched MindMattersCoI, the Church’s new mental health promotion initiative. Wellness in body, mind and spirit is something that our Church wishes to promote and our faith deeply desires. We have been working hard, gathering a lot of information, developing a website and establishing an advisory … Continue reading Can you spare 15 minutes for mental health?