Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 119:25-48
Proverbs 17:1-20
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Matthew 12:43-50
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Ordinary Time
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Phillipians 1:2

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.

The Absolution

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 Invitatory and Psalter
O God make speed to save us, O Lord make haste to help us

O Gracious Light,
pure brightness of everliving Father in heaven
O Jesus Christ holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun
and our eyes behold the vesper light
we sing your praises O God: Father Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices
O Son of God, O Giver of Life
and to be glorified through all worlds.

The earth is the Lord's for he made it: Come let us adore him.

The Psalms are unique for the evening, the other lessions can be read in total or those you have not included in Morning Prayer

The Lessons

Psalm 119

(25) My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. (26) I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes. (27) Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works. (28) My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.

(29) Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously. (30) I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. (31) I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (32) I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.

(33) Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. (34) Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (35) Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. (36) Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

(37) Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. (38) Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. (39) Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good. (40) Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.

(41) Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD -- Your salvation according to Your word. (42) So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. (43) And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances. (44) So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.

(45) And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. (46) I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed. (47) And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love. (48) My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, Which I love, And I will meditate on Your statutes.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Proverbs Chapter 17

(1) Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. (2) A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers. (3) The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts. (4) An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.

(5) He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (6) Children's children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. (7) Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince. (8) A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

(9) He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends. (10) Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool. (11) An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him. (12) Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

(13) Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. (14) The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. (15) He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. (16) Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?

(17) A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. (18) A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend. (19) He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. (20) He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

1 Timothy Chapter 3

(1) This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. (2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; (3) not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; (4) one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence

(5) (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); (6) not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (7) Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (8) Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,

(9) holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. (10) But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. (11) Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. (12) Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

(13) For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (14) These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; (15) but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (16) And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Matthew Chapter 12

(43) When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. (44) Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (45) Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.' (46) While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.

(47) Then one said to Him, 'Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.' (48) But He answered and said to the one who told Him, 'Who is My mother and who are My brothers?' (49) And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, 'Here are My mother and My brothers! (50) For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.'

The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Canticles

A canticle is a hymn, or other Christian song of praise with lyrics taken from biblical texts

A Song of Creation
Prayer of Manasseh 1 to 2, 4, 6 to 7, 11 to 15

Glorify the Lord,
all you works of the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.

The Earth and its Creatures

Let the earth glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
Glorify the Lord,
O springs of water, seas, and streams,
O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.

Glorify the Lord,
O beasts of the wild,
and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.

The Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
praise him and highly exalt him forever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him forever.

The Song of Simeon      
Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:29-32
Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
  He descended to the dead.
  On the third day he rose again.
  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  the holy catholic Church,
  the communion of saints,
  the forgiveness of sins,
  the resurrection of the body,
  and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

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.

a short intercessory prayer

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Seasonal Collect:  Proper 3 The Sunday closest to May 25
Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day: Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission: O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the spirit of love that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

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

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
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21

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