Tuesday morning October 2

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Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all,

to you be glory and praise forever.

You founded the earth in the beginning

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

In the fullness of time you made us in your image,

and in these last days you have spoken to us

in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us

let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,

your Spirit ever renew our lives

and your praises ever be on our lips.

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God forever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and forever.



Into a World of Ruffians Sent

Charles Wesley

Into a world of ruffians sent,

I walk on hostile ground,

Wild human bears on slaughter bent,

And ravening wolves, surround.

The lion seeks my soul to slay,

In some unguarded hour,

And waits to tear his sleeping prey,

And watches to devour.

But worse than all my foes I find

The enemy within,

The evil heart, the carnal mind,

My own insidious sin.

My nature every moment waits

To render me secure,

And all my paths with ease besets,

To make my ruin sure.

But thou hast given a loud alarm;

And thou shalt still prepare

My soul for all assaults, and arm

With never-ceasing prayer.

O do not suffer me to sleep,

Who on thy love depend;

But still thy faithful servant keep,

And save me to the end!

Confession of sin

Come, Holy Spirit of God,

and search our hearts with the light of Christ.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord,

and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your being, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’

No other commandment is greater than these.

All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

After a period of reflection

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgment;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Hosea 6

May almighty God,

who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,

bring us his pardon and peace, now and forever.


The Word of God

Psalm 87


God’s foundation is set on the holy mountains.

God’s foundation is set on the holy mountains.

The Lord loves Zion’s gates

more than all of Jacob’s houses combined.

Glorious things are said about you,

the city of God!

I count Rahab and Babel among those who know me;

also Philistia and Tyre, along with Cush—

each of these was born there.

And of Zion it is said:

“Each person was born in it,

but the one who will establish it is the Most High.”

The Lord makes a record as he registers the peoples:

“Each one was born there.”

And while they dance, people sing:

“The source of my life comes from you.”

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.


God’s foundation is set on the holy mountains.

Psalm prayer

Lord, as you call us to your city

founded on the rock of ages,

let the springs of living water

rise within us to eternal life;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 89:1-18


Who is like you, Lord God of heavenly forces?

I will sing of the Lord’s loyal love forever.

I will proclaim your faithfulness

with my own mouth

from one generation to the next.

That’s why I say,

“Your loyal love is rightly built—forever!

You establish your faithfulness in heaven.”

You said, “I made a covenant with my chosen one;

I promised my servant David:

‘I will establish your offspring forever;

I will build up your throne from one generation to the next.’”

Heaven thanks you for your wondrous acts, Lord—

for your faithfulness too—

in the assembly of the holy ones.

Is there any in the sky who could compare to the Lord?

Who among the gods is equal to the Lord?

God is respected in the council of the holy ones;

God is awesome and revered more than all those around him.

Who is like you, Lord God of heavenly forces?

Mighty Lord, your faithfulness surrounds you!

You rule over the surging sea:

When its waves rise up,

it’s you who makes them still.

It’s you who crushed Rahab like a dead body;

you scattered your enemies with your strong arm.

Heaven is yours! The earth too!

The world and all that fills it—

you made all of it! North and south—you created them!

The mountains Tabor and Hermon

shout praises to your name.

You have a powerful arm;

your hand is strong;

your strong hand is raised high!

Your throne is built on righteousness and justice;

loyal love and faithfulness stand in front of you.

The people who know the celebratory shout are truly happy!

They walk in the light of your presence, Lord!

They rejoice in your name all day long

and are uplifted by your righteousness

because you are the splendor of their strength.

By your favor you make us strong

because our shield is the Lord’s own;

our king belongs to the holy one of 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.


Who is like you, Lord God of heavenly forces?

Psalm prayer

As we sing of your love, O Lord,

anoint us with the Spirit’s seal,

that we may praise your faithfulness

and proclaim your truth from age to age;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
2 Kings 6:1-23

The members of the group of prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we now live under your authority is too small for us. Let’s go to the Jordan River and each get a log from there. Then we can make a place to live there.”

Elisha said, “Do it!”

One of them said, “Please come with us, your servants.”

Elisha said, “Okay, I’ll go.” So he went with them. They came to the Jordan River and began cutting down trees. One of them was cutting down a tree when his ax head fell into the water. He cried out, “Oh, no! Master, it was a borrowed ax!”

The man of God said, “Where did it fall?” He showed Elisha the place. Elisha then cut a piece of wood, threw it into the river there, and the ax head floated up. “Lift it out,” Elisha said. So the man then reached out and grabbed it.

Aram’s king was fighting against Israel. He took counsel with his officers, saying, “I’ll camp at such-and-such a place.”

The man of God sent word to Israel’s king: “Beware of passing by this place because the Arameans are going down there.” Then Israel’s king sent word to the place the man of God had mentioned to him. Time after time, Elisha warned the king, and the king stayed on the alert.

Aram’s king was extremely upset about this. He called his officers and said to them, “Tell me! Who among us is siding with Israel’s king?”

One of his officers said, “No one, Your Majesty! It’s Elisha the Israelite prophet who tells Israel’s king the words that you speak in the privacy of your bedroom.”

He said, “Go and find out where he is. Then I will send men to capture him.”

They told him, “He is in Dothan.” So the king sent horses and chariots there with a strong army. They came at night and surrounded the city.

Elisha’s servant got up early and went out. He saw an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. His servant said to Elisha, “Oh, no! Master, what will we do?”

“Don’t be afraid,” Elisha said, “because there are more of us than there are of them.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and fiery chariots surrounding Elisha. The Arameans came toward him, so Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this nation with blindness.” And the Lord struck them blind, just as Elisha asked. Elisha said to them, “This isn’t the right road or the right city. Follow me, and I’ll lead you to the man you are looking for.” But he took them to Samaria!

When they arrived in Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” The Lord opened their eyes, and they saw that they were right in the middle of Samaria! When he saw them, Israel’s king said to Elisha, “Should I kill them, my father? Should I?”

He said, “No, don’t kill them. Did you capture them with your own sword or bow? Do you have the right to kill them? Put food and water in front of them so they can eat and drink and return to their master.” So the king gave them a great feast, and they ate and drank. Then the king let them go, and they returned to their master. After that, Aramean raiding parties didn’t come into Israel anymore.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Acts 26:24-32

At this point in Paul’s defense, Festus declared with a loud voice, “You’ve lost your mind, Paul! Too much learning is driving you mad!”

But Paul replied, “I’m not mad, most honorable Festus! I’m speaking what is sound and true. King Agrippa knows about these things, and I have been speaking openly to him. I’m certain that none of these things have escaped his attention. This didn’t happen secretly or in some out-of-the-way place. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you trying to convince me that, in such a short time, you’ve made me a Christian?”

Paul responded, “Whether it is a short or a long time, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today will become like me, except for these chains.”

The king stood up, as did the governor, Bernice, and those sitting with them. As they left, they were saying to each other, “This man is doing nothing that deserves death or imprisonment.”

Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.”

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

Bless the Lord God of Israel

because he has come to help and has delivered his people.

He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house,

just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago.

He has brought salvation from our enemies

and from the power of all those who hate us.

He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,

and remembered his holy covenant,

the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham.

He has granted that we would be rescued

from the power of our enemies

so that we could serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness in God’s eyes,

for as long as we live.

You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

You will tell his people how to be saved

through the forgiveness of their sins.

Because of our God’s deep compassion,

the dawn from heaven will break upon us,

to give light to those who are sitting in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide us on the path of peace.”

Luke 1:68-79

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.


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

Brief silence.

The Apostle’s Creed

Let us unite in this historic confession of the Christian faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and 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.


Intercession and thanksgiving

Prayers may be offered for:

the day and its tasks

the world and its needs

the church and her life

Prayers may include the following concerns:

All who are sick in body, mind or spirit

Those in the midst of famine or disaster

Victims of abuse and violence, intolerance and prejudice

Those who are bereaved

All who work in the medical and healing professions

Other intercessions and supplications may be offered as the Holy Spirit leads.


Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.


The Lord’s Prayer

As our Savior taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and forever.



The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.