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Isaiah 40:1-11

The prophet reassures the people in exile in Babylon that God’s messenger will come with a message of hope for the future, and declares God’s loving care for them.

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,  and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ A voice says, ‘Cry out!’  And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.  Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Luke 1:57-66, 80

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, ‘No; he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘None of your relatives has this name.’ Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, ‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

Next Sunday’s Readings (24th June)

Lamentations 3:22-33

Mark 5:21-43


Almighty God, you search us and know us:

may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness,

now and in all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Prayer after Communion:

Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, 

that all the world may acknowledge

the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering: especially the Barnard family, Thomas McKendry, Ray Sharratt,  Philip Brown and those known to you.

The recently bereaved, especially the families and friends of Marie Prime.

Jett Spencer, being Christened in St.Oswald’s today, and

Edward Wigmore whose Christening is in St.Peter’s today.

Joe Caunt & Paisley Lynn-Harness, Alexander Taylor & Fiona Macleod whose weddings are in St.Oswald’s next Saturday.

Amanda Marshall, to be ordained Deacon on 1st July.

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