Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 30, 2017
The 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 temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Genesis 29:15-28 read from The Message Bible
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b read from The Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer
Epistle: Romans 8:26-39 read from The Modern English Version Bible
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 read from the New American Standard Bible
Closing Prayer: On August 2nd we celebrate the life of Samuel Ferguson, Missionary Bishop for West Africa