The Collect and Bible Lessons for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5B 6/6/2021

Prayer to collect our thoughts on today's theme: O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Genesis 3: (1-7) 8-15: “The First Sin” and “The Trouble with Sin”

Reader: 1 The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked,

Congregation: “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

Reader: 2 The woman answered,

Congregation: God said we could eat fruit from any tree in the garden, 3 except the one in the middle. He told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.”

Reader: 4 The snake replied,

Congregation: “No, you won’t! God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.”

Reader: 6 The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too. 7 Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves. 8 Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the Lord God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees. 9 The Lord called out to the man and asked,

Congregation: “Where are you?”

Reader: 10 The man answered,

Congregation: “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid!”

Reader: 11 God asked,

Congregation: “How did you know you were naked? Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?”

Reader: 12 The man said,

Congregation: “It was the woman you put here with me,”

Reader: the man said.

Congregation: “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.”

Reader: 13 The Lord God then asked the woman,

Congregation: “What have you done?”

Reader: She answered,

Congregation: “The snake tricked me, and I ate some of that fruit.”

Reader: 14 So the Lord God said to the snake:

Congregation: “Because of what you have done, you will be the only animal to suffer this curse— For as long as you live, you will crawl on your stomachand eat dirt. 15 You and this woman will hate each other; your descendants and hers will always be enemies. One of hers will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel.”

Psalm 23 – “The Good Shepherd”

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

2nd Corinthians 4:13- 5:1 : “Faith in the Lord”

13 In the Scriptures it says, “I spoke because I had faith.” We have that same kind of faith. So we speak 14 because we know that God raised the Lord Jesus to life. And just as God raised Jesus, he will also raise us to life. Then he will bring us into his presence together with you. 15 All of this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honor him. 16 We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. 17 These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. 18 Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen. 5:1 Our bodies are like tents that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are destroyed, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last forever.

Mark 3:20-35: “Jesus and the Ruler of Demons” and “Jesus’ Mother and Brothers”

Deacon: 20 Jesus went back home, and once again such a large crowd gathered that there was no chance even to eat. 21 When Jesus' family heard what he was doing, they thought he was crazy and went to get him under control. 22 Some teachers of the Law of Moses came from Jerusalem and said, “This man is under the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons! He is even forcing out demons with the help of Beelzebul.” 23 Jesus told the people to gather around him. Then he spoke to them in riddles and said: How can Satan force himself out? 24 A nation whose people fight each other won’t last very long. 25 And a family that fights won’t last long either. 26 So if Satan fights against himself, that will be the end of him. 27 How can anyone break into the house of a strong man and steal his things, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can take everything. 28 I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are. 29 But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you can never be forgiven. That sin will be held against you forever. 30 Jesus said this because the people were saying that he had an evil spirit in him. 31 Jesus' mother and brothers came and stood outside. Then they sent someone with a message for him to come out to them. 32 The crowd that was sitting around Jesus told him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside and want to see you.” 33 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at the people sitting around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 35 Anyone who obeys God is my brother or sister or mother.”

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