| Friends of St. George Chapel Sunday July 5, 2020 10:00 |
Welcome-Alice Gorman, Senior Warden
Opening Sentences-The Rev. Maclin
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
The servant said to Laban, â€œI am Abrahamâ€™s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my masterâ€™s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me swear, saying, â€˜You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you shall go to my fatherâ€™s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.â€™
â€œI came today to the spring, and said, â€˜O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, â€œPlease give me a little water from your jar to drink,â€ and who will say to me, â€œDrink, and I will draw for your camels alsoâ€ â€”let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my masterâ€™s son.â€™
â€œBefore I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, â€˜Please let me drink.â€™ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, â€˜Drink, and I will also water your camels.â€™ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her, â€˜Whose daughter are you?â€™ She said, â€˜The daughter of Bethuel, Nahorâ€™s son, whom Milcah bore to him.â€™ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms.
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarahâ€™s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his motherâ€™s death.
Psalm 45: 11-18
Eructavit cor meum
11 “Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
forget your people and your father’s house.
12 The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13 The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
the rich among the people seek your favor.”
14 All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15 In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16 With joy and gladness they are brought, *
and enter into the palace of the king.
17 “In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18 I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.”
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Prayers: The Rev. Maclin
General Prayers, Collects
Reflection questions and discussion
End with the Grace