Old Testament: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 or Amos 7:7-15
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: Mark 6:14-29
God of hosts, before whom David danced and sang, Mother of mercy and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all things cohere; whenever we are confronted by lust, hate, or fear, give us the faith of John the baptizer that we may trust in the redemption of your Messiah. Amen.