O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament 1
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: 2
Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3
Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. 4
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. 5
Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6
To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7
When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8
Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb; 9
When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band; 10
When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; 11
When I said, 'This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!'
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, 3
And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. 4
They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. 5
Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. 6
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. 7
And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. 8
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 9
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. 10
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons -- 11
Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, 12
Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. 13
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. 15
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16
For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two. 17
Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18
Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. 19
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20
He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. 21
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 22
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. 23
Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, 24
They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. 25
For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. 26
They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. 27
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits' end. 28
Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. 29
He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30
Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. 31
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 32
Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
New Testament 14
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15
and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16
Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19
that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapter 4, beginning at verse 35
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, 'Let us cross over to the other side.' 36
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, 'Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?' 39
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40
But He said to them, 'Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?' 41
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, 'Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!'
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.
Prayers of the PeoplePrayers of the People for:
Brothers and sisters, confident of God's unfailing love and endless compassion for all people, let us bring our needs and the needs of the whole world before Him.
That the Church will be faithful to demonstrate, in word and deed, the love and forgiveness that God has demonstrated us through Jesus. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That the persecuted Church will see their deliverance and the conversion of their oppressors. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That nations will seek God for answers to their distress and troubles. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That expecting mothers will see their unborn child as a gift from God to be welcomed and protected. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That we will be a thankful and sacrificial people living our lives for others and for the glory of God. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
The Response is 'We Thank Thee O Lord'That those who live in constant fear will experience the peace of God which is found in the One who calmed the Sea. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who are searching for God will know Him through what has been created. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Gracious God, knowing that Your love endures forever, hear our prayer and give us the grace to live out Your command to love one another as You have loved us.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.AMEN