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Wednesday, September 23, 2020


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



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



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


God rules over all the earth: O come, let us worship.



The Lord is in his holy temple: O come, let us worship.



The Lord is our refuge and strength: O come, let us worship.



The Lord is our light and our life: O come, let us worship.



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!




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



97 Oh, how I love your law! *

all the day long it is in my mind.

98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, * and it is always with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, * for your decrees are my study.

100 I am wiser than the elders, *

because I observe your commandments.

101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep your word.

102 I do not shrink from your judgements, * because you yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words to my taste! * they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; * therefore I hate every lying way.


105 Your word is a lantern to my feet * and a light upon my path.

106 I have sworn and am determined *

to keep your righteous judgements.

Psalm 119 875

107 I am deeply troubled; *

preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.

108 Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, * and teach me your judgements.

109 My life is always in my hand, * yet I do not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a trap for me, *

but I have not strayed from your commandments.

111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; * truly, they are the joy of my heart.

112 I have applied my heart to fulfil your statutes * for ever and to the end.


113 I hate those who have a divided heart, * but your law do I love.

114 You are my refuge and shield; * my hope is in your word.

115 A way from me, you wicked! *

I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, * and let me not be disappointed in my hope.

117 Hold me up, and I shall be safe, *

and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.

118 You spurn all who stray from your statutes; * their deceitfulness is in vain.

119 In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; * therefore I love your decrees.

120 My flesh trembles with dread of you; * I am afraid of your judgements.


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.



The Proclamation of the Word


A reading from Esther 6:1-14.


1 On that night the king could not sleep, and he gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals, and they were read to the king. 2 It was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had conspired to assassinate[a] King Ahasuerus. 3 Then the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5 So the king’s servants told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” The king said, “Let him come in.” 6 So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?” Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?” 7 So Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king wishes to honor, 8 let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and a horse that the king has ridden, with a royal crown on its head. 9 Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials; let him[b] robe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him[c] conduct the man on horseback through the open square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.’” 10 Then the king said to Haman, “Quickly, take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to the Jew Mordecai who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” 11 So Haman took the robes and the horse and robed Mordecai and led him riding through the open square of the city, proclaiming, “Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.”


12 Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate, but Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom your downfall has begun, is of the Jewish people, you will not prevail against him, but will surely fall before him.”


14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman off to the banquet that Esther had prepared.


The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


A reading from Acts 19:1-10.


1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— 7 altogether there were about twelve of them.


8 He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 When some stubbornly refused to believe and spoke evil of the Way before the congregation, he left them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.[a] 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.


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 God,

you have created the heavens and the earth,

and ourselves in your image.

Teach us to discern your hand in all your works

and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive 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.


Hymn or Song



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.



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



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.



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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