February 19 & 20
Sermon Title: Preach the Word
Preacher: The Rev. Ben Hughes
The Collect for the Day
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers, and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The lesson: 2 timothy 4: 1-8
Preach the Word
4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Psalm 119: 49-56
49 Your word is a lantern to my feet
and a light upon my path.
50 This is my comfort in my trouble,
for your word has given me life.
51 The proud have held me exceedingly in derision,
yet I have not turned aside from your law.
52 For I have remembered, O Lord, your judgments from of old,
and by them I have received comfort.
53 I am filled with indignation,
because of the ungodly who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have thought upon your Name, O Lord, in the night season,
and I have kept your law.
56 This has been my reward,
because I have kept your commandments.
The gospel: Mark 6: 30-34
The Hatred of the World
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.