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1st Sunday of summer

First Reading:  1 Kings 18:30-39

30And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.  31And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be your name:  32And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.  33And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.  34And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.  35And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.  36And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word.  37Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.  38Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Second Reading Acts 5:12-32

12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders worked among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.  13And of the rest dared no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.  14And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)  15So that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.  16There came also a multitude out of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.  17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,  18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.  19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,  20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.  21And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.  22But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,  23Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.  24Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.  25Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.  26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.  27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,  28Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach in this name? and, behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood on us.  29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree.  31Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.

Third Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16,  2 Corinthians 1:8-14

9For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.  10We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.  11Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;  12And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:  13Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things to this day.  14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.  15For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  16Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.
8For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life:  9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raises the dead:  10Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;  11You also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed on us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.  12For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.  13For we write none other things to you, than what you read or acknowledge; and I trust you shall acknowledge even to the end;  14As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Fourth Reading: Luke 14:1-14

1And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.  2And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.  3And Jesus answering spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?  4And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;  5And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?  6And they could not answer him again to these things.  7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them.  8When you are bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than you be bidden of him;  9And he that bade you and him come and say to you, Give this man place; and you begin with shame to take the lowest room.  10But when you are bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade you comes, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher: then shall you have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with you.  11For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.  12Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brothers, neither your kinsmen, nor your rich neighbors; lest they also bid you again, and a recompense be made you.  13But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  14And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense you: for you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

 

 
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