119 Sunday 7
Sentence: In the Son of God, Jesus Christ, every one of God's promises finds its "yes".
2 Cor 1.19-20
Collect: Almighty God, in signs and wonders your Son revealed the greatness of your saving love: renew your people with your grace, and sustain us by your power, for we can do nothing good without you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise. Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honoured me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities. I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Psalm 41 APBA p 264
1. Blessed are they that consider the poor and helpless:
the LORD will deliver them in the day of trouble.
2. The LORD will guard them and preserve their life, they shall be counted happy in the land:
you will not give them over to the will of their enemies.
3. And if they lie sick on their bed, the LORD will sustain them:
if illness lays them low, you will overthrow it.
4. I said "O LORD, be merciful toward me:
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
5. My enemies speak evil of me, saying:
"When will he die, and his name perish for ever?"
6. And if someone comes to see me, they mouth empty words:
while their heart gathers mischief, and when they go out, they vent it.
7. All those that hate me whisper together against me:
they devise plots against me.
8. They say "A deadly thing has got hold of him:
he will not get up again from where he lies."
9. Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted:
who shared my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10. But you, O LORD, be gracious and raise me up:
and I will repay them what they have deserved.
11. By this will I know that you favour me:
that my enemy shall not triumph over me.
12. Because of my innocence you hold me fast:
you have set me before your face for ever.
13. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel:
from everlasting to everlasting. Amen, Amen.
2 Corinthians 1:16-22
I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on to Judea. Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been "Yes and No." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not "Yes and No"; but in him it is always "Yes." For in him every one of God's promises is a "Yes." For this reason it is through him that we say the "Amen," to the glory of God. But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first instalment. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Mark 2:1-12 ... Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic -- "I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home." And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!" For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.