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Thursday, March 4, 2021

 

The Penitential Rite

 

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51.18

or

 

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found, call upon him when he draws near; let the wicked forsake their ways, and the evil ones their thoughts; and let them return to the Lord, and he will have compassion, and to our God, for he will richly pardon.

Isaiah 55.6, 7

or

 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1.8, 9

 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.

 

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us,

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Morning Prayer

 

Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall show forth your praise.

 

 O God, make speed to save us

 O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

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.

 

The Invitatory

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us worship.

 

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 moulded 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!

or

 

Jubilate

Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness

and come before his presence with a song.

 

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *

he himself has made us, and we are his;

we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise; *

give thanks to him and call upon his name.

 

For the Lord is good;

his mercy is everlasting; *

and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

The Psalms

71

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; * let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; * incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; * you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, * from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O Lord God, * my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *

my praise shall be always of you.

7 I have become a portent to many; *

but you are my refuge and my strength.

8 Let my mouth be full of your praise * and your glory all the day long.

9 Do not cast me off in my old age;* forsake me not when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies are talking against me, *

and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.

11 They say , “God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him; *

because there is none who will save.”

12 O God, be not far from me;*

come quickly to help me, O my God.

13 Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *

let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.

14 But I shall always wait in patience, * and shall praise you more and more.

15 My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; *

though I cannot know the number of them.

16 I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord God; * I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.

17 O God, you have taught me since I was young, * and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.

18 And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *

till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come.

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; * you have done great things;

who is like you, O God?

20 You have showed me great troubles and adversities, * but you will restore my life

and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.

21 You strengthen me more and more; * you enfold and comfort me,

22 Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *

I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, * and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.

24 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, * for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought

to do me harm.

 

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.

 

The Proclamation of the Word

 

A reading from Jeremiah chapter 4, beginning at the 9th verse.

 

9 On that day, says the Lord, courage shall fail the king and the officials; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded. 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, how utterly you have deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ even while the sword is at the throat!”

 

My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!

    Oh, the walls of my heart!

My heart is beating wildly;

    I cannot keep silent;

for I[a] hear the sound of the trumpet,

    the alarm of war.

20 Disaster overtakes disaster,

    the whole land is laid waste.

Suddenly my tents are destroyed,

    my curtains in a moment.

21 How long must I see the standard,

    and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 “For my people are foolish,

    they do not know me;

they are stupid children,

    they have no understanding.

They are skilled in doing evil,

    but do not know how to do good.”

 

23 I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void;

    and to the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking,

    and all the hills moved to and fro.

25 I looked, and lo, there was no one at all,

    and all the birds of the air had fled.

26 I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert,

    and all its cities were laid in ruins

    before the Lord, before his fierce anger.

 

27 For thus says the Lord: The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.

 

28 Because of this the earth shall mourn,

    and the heavens above grow black;

for I have spoken, I have purposed;

    I have not relented nor will I turn back.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 2 beginning at the 12th verse.

 

12 All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. 15 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

 

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your relation to God 18 and know his will and determine what is best because you are instructed in the law, 19 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth, 21 you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You that forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You that boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Affirmation of Faith

 

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 power of 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.

 

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

 

The Collect for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God,

you despise nothing you have made

and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.

Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our brokenness,

may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

Almighty God,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross,

give us faith to perceive his glory,

that being strengthened by his grace

we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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,

the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

or

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

or

 

May the God of peace enable us to do his will in every kind of goodness, working in us what pleases him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

or

 

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us. The Lord look upon us with favour and grant us peace. Amen.

 

Friday, March 5, 2021

 

The Penitential Rite

 

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51.18

or

 

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found, call upon him when he draws near; let the wicked forsake their ways, and the evil ones their thoughts; and let them return to the Lord, and he will have compassion, and to our God, for he will richly pardon.

Isaiah 55.6, 7

or

 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1.8, 9

 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.

 

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us,

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your name. Amen.

 

Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Morning Prayer

 

Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall show forth your praise.

 

 O God, make speed to save us

 O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

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.

 

Alleluia!

 

The Invitatory

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: O come, let us worship.

 

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 moulded 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!

or

 

Jubilate

Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

serve the Lord with gladness

and come before his presence with a song.

 

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *

he himself has made us, and we are his;

we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise; *

give thanks to him and call upon his name.

 

For the Lord is good;

his mercy is everlasting; *

and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

The Psalms

69

1 Save me, O God, *

for the waters have risen up to my neck.

2 I am sinking in deep mire, *

and there is no firm ground for my feet.

3 I have come into deep waters, * and the torrent washes over me.

4 I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; *

my eyes have failed from looking for my God.

5 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;

my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. * Must I then give back what I never stole?

6 O God, you know my foolishness, *

and my faults are not hidden from you.

7 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord God of hosts; *

let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.

8 Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, * and shame has covered my face.

9 I have become a stranger to my own kindred, * an alien to my mother’s children.

10 Zeal for your house has eaten me up; *

the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.

11 I humbled myself with fasting, *

but that was turned to my reproach.

12 I put on sack-cloth also, *

and became a byword among them.

13 Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, * and the drunkards make songs about me.

14 But as for me, this is my prayer to you, * at the time you have set, O Lord:

15 “In your great mercy, O God, *

answer me with your unfailing help.

16 Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; * let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters.

17 Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; *

do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.

18 Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind; * in your great compassion, turn to me.”

19 “Hide not your face from your servant; *

be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.

20 Draw near to me and redeem me; * because of my enemies deliver me.

21 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour; * my adversaries are all in your sight.”

22 Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed;* I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

for comforters, but I could find no one.

23 They gave me gall to eat, *

and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.

24 Let the table before them be a trap * and their sacred feasts a snare.

25 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, * and give them continual trembling in their loins.

26 Pour out your indignation upon them, *

and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.

27 Let their camp be desolate, *

and let there be none to dwell in their tents.

28 For they persecute him whom you have stricken *

and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.

29 Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, *

and let them not receive your vindication.

30 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living * and not be written among the righteous.

31 As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; * your help, O God, will lift me up on high.

32 I will praise the name of God in song; *

I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.

33 This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen, * more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.

34 The afflicted shall see and be glad; *

you who seek God, your heart shall live.

35 For the Lord listens to the needy, *

and his prisoners he does not despise.

36 Let the heavens and the earth praise him, * the seas and all that moves in them;

37 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; * they shall live there and have it in possession.

38 The children of his servants will inherit it, *

and those who love his name will dwell therein.

 

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.

 

The Proclamation of the Word

 

A reading from Jeremiah, chapter 5 beginning at the 1st verse.

 

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,

    look around and take note!

Search its squares and see

    if you can find one person

who acts justly

    and seeks truth—

so that I may pardon Jerusalem.[a]

2 Although they say, “As the Lord lives,”

    yet they swear falsely.

3 O Lord, do your eyes not look for truth?

You have struck them,

    but they felt no anguish;

you have consumed them,

    but they refused to take correction.

They have made their faces harder than rock;

    they have refused to turn back.

 

4 Then I said, “These are only the poor,

    they have no sense;

for they do not know the way of the Lord,

    the law of their God.

5 Let me go to the rich[b]

    and speak to them;

surely they know the way of the Lord,

    the law of their God.”

But they all alike had broken the yoke,

    they had burst the bonds.

 

6 Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them,

    a wolf from the desert shall destroy them.

A leopard is watching against their cities;

    everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces—

because their transgressions are many,

    their apostasies are great.

 

7 How can I pardon you?

    Your children have forsaken me,

    and have sworn by those who are no gods.

When I fed them to the full,

    they committed adultery

    and trooped to the houses of prostitutes.

8 They were well-fed lusty stallions,

    each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.

9 Shall I not punish them for these things?

says the Lord;

    and shall I not bring retribution

    on a nation such as this?

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 2 beginning at the 25th verse.

 

25 Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. 29 Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart—it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.

 

3 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews[a] were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written,

 

“So that you may be justified in your words,

    and prevail in your judging.”[b]

 

5 But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), “Let us do evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!

 

9 What then? Are we any better off?[c] No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, 10 as it is written:

 

“There is no one who is righteous, not even one;

11     there is no one who has understanding,

        there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned aside, together they have become worthless;

    there is no one who shows kindness,

        there is not even one.”

13 “Their throats are opened graves;

    they use their tongues to deceive.”

“The venom of vipers is under their lips.”

14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16     ruin and misery are in their paths,

17 and the way of peace they have not known.”

18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Affirmation of Faith

 

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 power of 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.

 

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

 

The Collect for the Week

Almighty and everlasting God,

you despise nothing you have made

and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.

Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our brokenness,

may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

Almighty God,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross,

give us faith to perceive his glory,

that being strengthened by his grace

we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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,

the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Dismissal

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

or

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

or

 

May the God of peace enable us to do his will in every kind of goodness, working in us what pleases him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

or

 

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us. The Lord look upon us with favour and grant us peace. Amen.

 

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