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Today Readings

Below are the Holy Day Readings
Psalm 119:41– 64
Isaiah 8:11– 20
Romans 10:1– 15
--Today is the Feast of Saint Matthew--

Saint and Major Saints' Days

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19

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 Invitatory and Psalter
Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise
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   Alleluia


The Invitatory Psalms   

Venite
Psalm 95:1-7

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
   and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
   and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
   and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

The following Antiphon may be sung or said with the Invitatory Psalm


The Lessons



Psalm Chapter 119

(41) May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; (42) then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. (43) Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. (44) I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.

(45) I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (46) I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, (47) for I delight in your commands because I love them. (48) I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.

(49) Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. (50) My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. (51) The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from your law. (52) I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.

(53) Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. (54) Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. (55) In the night I remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law. (56) This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.

(57) You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. (58) I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (59) I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. (60) I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

(61) Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. (62) At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. (63) I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. (64) The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

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.



Isaiah Chapter 8

(11) The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: (12) Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. (13) The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, (14) and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.

(15) Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.' (16) Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples. (17) I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him. (18) Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

(19) When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? (20) To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Romans Chapter 10

(1) Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. (2) For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. (3) Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. (4) Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

(5) Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: 'The man who does these things will live by them.' (6) But the righteousness that is by faith says: 'Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'' (that is, to bring Christ down) (7) or 'Who will descend into the deep?'' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). (8) But what does it say? 'The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,' that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

(9) That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (11) As the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.' (12) For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-- the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

(13) for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' (14) How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (15) And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'

The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


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

The Canticles

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.

Suffrages  
?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.


Holy Day Collect:   Saint Matthew September 21
We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Collect of the Day:  A Collect for Sundays
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission:
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Personal Prayers and Reflection            

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



Closing Prayers   

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
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



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