Twelfth Sunday after Trinity – 30 August

Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
   which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Revelation 3.14-22
‘And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation:
 ‘I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For you say, “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.” You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.’

From Psalm 107
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
    Let the redeemed of the Lord say this,
   those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
    And gathered out of the lands
      from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.
    Some went astray in desert wastes
   and found no path to a city to dwell in.
    Hungry and thirsty,
   their soul was fainting within them.
    So they cried to the Lord in their trouble
   and he delivered them from their distress.
    He set their feet on the right way
   till they came to a city to dwell in.
    Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
    For he satisfies the longing soul
   and fills the hungry soul with good.
      Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   bound fast in misery and iron,
      For they had rebelled against the words of God
   and despised the counsel of the Most High.
      So he bowed down their heart with heaviness;
   they stumbled and there was none to help them.
      Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
      He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death,
   and broke their bonds asunder.
      Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
      For he has broken the doors of bronze
   and breaks the bars of iron in pieces.
      Some were foolish and took a rebellious way,
   and were plagued because of their wrongdoing.
      Their soul abhorred all manner of food
   and drew near to the gates of death.
      Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
      He sent forth his word and healed them,
   and saved them from destruction.
      Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
      Let them offer him sacrifices of thanksgiving
   and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.