124 Sunday 12

Sentence: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Collect: O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid: rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Job 38:1-11

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements -- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? "Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb? -- when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped'? Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Psalm 107:1-3,23-32 APBA p 337

1. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good:

for his loving mercy is for ever.

2. Let the LORD's redeemed say so:

whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3. And gathered in from every land, from the east and from the west:

from the north and from the south.

23. Those who go down to the sea in ships:

and follow their trade on great waters,

24. They have seen the works of God:

and his wonders in the deep.

25. For he spoke, and raised the storm - wind:

and it lifted high the waves of the sea.

26. They go up to the sky, and down again to the depths:

their courage melts away in the face of disaster.

27. They reel and stagger like drunkards:

and are at their wits' end.

28. Then they cried to the LORD in their distress:

and he took them out of their trouble.

29. He calmed the storm to a silence:

and the waves of the sea were stilled.

30. Then they were glad because they were quiet:

and he brought them to the haven they longed for.

31. Let them thank the LORD for his goodness:

and for the wonders that he does for the children of Adam;

32. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people:

and praise him in the council of elders.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see -- we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return -- I speak as to children -- open wide your hearts also. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Mark 4:35-41 .. Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to the disciples, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.