075 St Barnabas

 

Sentence: Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11.24

 

Collect: Generous God, whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive: help us by the example of your apostle Barnabas, a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, to be generous in our judgements and unselfish in our service: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Job 29:11-16

When the ear heard, it commended me, and when the eye saw, it approved; because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 98 APBA p 325

1. O sing to the LORD a new song:

for he has done marvellous things;

2. His right hand and his holy arm:

they have got him the victory.

3. The LORD has made known his salvation:

he has revealed his just deliverance in the sight of the nations.

4. He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness towards the house of Israel:

and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

5. Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth:

break into singing and make melody.

6. Make melody to the LORD upon the harp:

upon the harp and with the sounds of praise.

7. With trumpets and with horns:

cry out in triumph before the LORD, the king.

8. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it:

the good earth and those who live upon it.

9. Let the rivers clap their hands:

and let the mountains ring out together before the LORD;

10. For he comes to judge the earth:

he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

 

Acts 11:22-30; 13:1-3

News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians." At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

 

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew chapter 10, beginning at verse 7

...Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said: As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.