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Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 88:1-18
Judges 9:1-21
Acts 4:13-31
John 2:1-12

Ordinary Time
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

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Psalm 88

(1) O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. (2) May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. (3) For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. (4) I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.

(5) I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. (6) You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. (7) Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. Selah (8) You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;

(9) my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you. (10) Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? Selah (11) Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? (12) Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

(13) But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. (14) Why, O LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me? (15) From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair. (16) Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.

(17) All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. (18) You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.


Judges 9

(1) Abimelech son of Jerub-Baal went to his mother's brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother's clan, (2) Ask all the citizens of Shechem, 'Which is better for you: to have all seventy of Jerub-Baal's sons rule over you, or just one man?' Remember, I am your flesh and blood.' (3) When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, 'He is our brother.' (4) They gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelech used it to hire reckless adventurers, who became his followers.

(5) He went to his father's home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding. (6) Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelech king. (7) When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, 'Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you. (8) One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, 'Be our king.'

(9) But the olive tree answered, 'Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and men are honored, to hold sway over the trees?' (10) Next, the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come and be our king.' (11) But the fig tree replied, 'Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?' (12) Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come and be our king.'

(13) But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and men, to hold sway over the trees?' (14) Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, 'Come and be our king.' (15) The thornbush said to the trees, 'If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!' (16) Now if you have acted honorably and in good faith when you made Abimelech king, and if you have been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family, and if you have treated him as he deserves--

(17) and to think that my father fought for you, risked his life to rescue you from the hand of Midian (18) (but today you have revolted against my father's family, murdered his seventy sons on a single stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his slave girl, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is your brother)-- (19) if then you have acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today, may Abimelech be your joy, and may you be his, too! (20) But if you have not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume you, citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and let fire come out from you, citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelech!'

(21) Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelech.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Acts 4

(13) When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (14) But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. (15) So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. (16) What are we going to do with these men?' they asked. 'Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it.

(17) But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.' (18) Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (19) But Peter and John replied, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. (20) For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.'

(21) After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. (22) For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. (23) On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. (24) When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. 'Sovereign Lord,' they said, 'you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.

(25) You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: ''Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (26) The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.' (27) Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. (28) They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.

(29) Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (30) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' (31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



John 2

(1) On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, (2) and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. (3) When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, 'They have no more wine.' (4) Dear woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My time has not yet come.'

(5) His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' (6) Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. (7) Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water'; so they filled them to the brim. (8) Then he told them, 'Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.' They did so,

(9) and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside (10) and said, 'Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.' (11) This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. (12) After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.



Seasonal Collect:  Proper 13 The Sunday closest to August 3
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church, and because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer   

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.



Closing Prayers   

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord