In The Storm
The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
June 24 – Brian McGreevy, preacher
Collect, Traditional (Proper 7, BCP p. 178)
O Lord, we beseech thee, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Lesson Job 38:1-11
1 The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, 9 when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, 11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?”
Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
1 As we work together with Christ, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
35 When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 He gathered them out of the lands;
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
23 Some went down to the sea in ships
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24 They beheld the works of the Lord
and his wonders in the deep.
25 Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards
and were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30 Then were they glad because of the calm,
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy
and the wonders he does for his children.
32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people
and praise him in the council of the elders.