Monday, 19 August 2013

Daily Office - Aug 19

Psalm 98
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.
His own right hand and his holy arm have won for him the victory.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness towards the house of Israel,
and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth;
break into singing and make music.
Make music to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the voice of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn sound praises before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea thunder and all that fills it, the world and all that dwell upon it.
Let the rivers clap their hands and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world and the peoples with equity..

Psalm 99
The Lord is king: let the peoples tremble;
he is enthroned above the cherubim: let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion and high above all peoples.
Let them praise your name, which is great and awesome;
the Lord our God is holy.
Mighty king, who loves justice, you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
bow down before his footstool, for he is holy.
Moses and Aaron among his priests and Samuel among those who call upon his name,
they called upon the Lord and he answered them.
He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;
they kept his testimonies and the law that he gave them.
You answered them, O Lord our God;
you were a God who forgave them and pardoned them for their offences.
Exalt the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill,
for the Lord our God is holy..

Psalm 101
I will sing of faithfulness and justice; to you, O Lord, will I sing.
Let me be wise in the way that is perfect: when will you come to me?
I will walk with purity of heart within the walls of my house.
I will not set before my eyes a counsel that is evil.
I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness; they shall not cling to me.
A crooked heart shall depart from me; I will not know a wicked person.
One who slanders a neighbour in secret I will quickly put to silence.
Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me.
One who walks in the way that is pure shall be my servant.
There shall not dwell in my house one that practises deceit.
One who utters falsehood shall not continue in my sight.
Morning by morning will I put to silence all the wicked in the land,
To cut off from the city of the Lord all those who practise evil.

Proverbs 14.31-15.17
Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
   but those who are kind to the needy honour him.
The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing,
   but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.
Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding,
   but it is not known in the heart of fools.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
   but sin is a reproach to any people.
A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favour,
   but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

A soft answer turns away wrath,
   but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,
   but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
   keeping watch on the evil and the good.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
   but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
A fool despises a parent’s instruction,
   but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
   but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
   not so the minds of fools.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
   but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
   but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.
There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,
   but one who hates a rebuke will die.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
   how much more human hearts!
Scoffers do not like to be rebuked;
   they will not go to the wise.
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
   but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,
   but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
All the days of the poor are hard,
   but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
   than great treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
   than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

Mark 6.45-end
TImmediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

The Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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