Sunday morning October 14

Monday morning
Saturday morning


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.



Prince of Universal Peace

Charles Wesley

Prince of universal peace,

Destroy the enmity,

Bid our jars and discords cease,

Unite us all in thee:

Cruel as wild beasts we are,

’Till vanquished by thy mercy’s power,

Men, like wolves, each other tear,

And their own flesh devour.

But if thou pronounce the word

That forms our souls again,

Love and harmony restored

Throughout the earth shall reign;

When thy wondrous love they feel,

The human savages are tame,

Ravenous wolves, and leopards dwell

And stable with the lamb.

Bears transformed with oxen graze,

Their young together feed,

With the calf the lion plays,

Nor rends the dandled kid;

Harshest natures reconciled

With soft, and fierce with meek agree,

Gentle, tractable, and mild

As harmless infancy.

O that now with pardon blest

We each might each embrace,

Quietly together rest,

And feed upon thy grace,

Like our sinless parents live!

Great shepherd, make thy goodness known,

All into thy fold receive,

And keep forever one.

Confession of sin

Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.

A time of silence and self-examination may be kept.

Almighty God,

patient and of great goodness:

I confess to you,

I confess with my whole heart

my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,

my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;

the hurts I have done to others,

and the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

and raise me to newness of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.


The Word of God

Psalm 129


I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth.

From youth, people have constantly attacked me—

let Israel now repeat!—

from youth people have constantly attacked me—

but they haven’t beaten me!

They plowed my back like farmers;

they made their furrows deep.

But the Lord is righteous—

God cut me free from the ropes of the wicked!

Let everyone who hates Zion be ashamed, thoroughly frustrated.

Let them be like grass on a roof

that dies before it can be pulled up,

which won’t fill the reaper’s hand

or fill the harvester’s arms.

Let no one who passes by say to them:

“May the Lord’s blessing be on you!

We bless you in the Lord’s name!”

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.


I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth.

Psalm prayer

Jesus our redeemer,

you bore the cut of the lash

for us and our salvation;

help us to bear our sufferings

and to share in the affliction

of all who suffer for your holy name.

Psalm 130


My whole being waits for my Lord.

I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—

my Lord, listen to my voice!

Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!

If you kept track of sins, Lord—

my Lord, who would stand a chance?

But forgiveness is with you—

that’s why you are honored.

I hope, Lord.

My whole being hopes,

and I wait for God’s promise.

My whole being waits for my Lord—

more than the night watch waits for morning;

yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!

Israel, wait for the Lord!

Because faithful love is with the Lord;

because great redemption is with our God!

He is the one who will redeem Israel

from all its sin.

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.


My whole being waits for my Lord.

Psalm prayer

Father, we commend to your faithful love

those who are crying from the depths;

help them to watch and pray

through their time of darkness,

in sure hope of the dawn of your

forgiveness and redemption;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 50:4-10

The Lord God gave me an educated tongue

to know how to respond to the weary

with a word that will awaken them in the morning.

God awakens my ear in the morning to listen,

as educated people do.

The Lord God opened my ear;

I didn’t rebel; I didn’t turn my back.

Instead, I gave my body to attackers,

and my cheeks to beard pluckers.

I didn’t hide my face

from insults and spitting.

The Lord God will help me;

therefore, I haven’t been insulted.

Therefore, I set my face like flint,

and knew I wouldn’t be ashamed.

The one who will declare me innocent is near.

Who will argue with me?

Let’s stand up together.

Who will bring judgment against me?

Let him approach me.

Look! The Lord God will help me.

Who will condemn me?

Look, they will wear out like clothing;

the moth will eat them.

Who among you fears the Lord?

Who listens to the voice of his servant,

who walks in darkness

and has no light?

They will trust in the Lord’s name,

and rely upon their God.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Luke 13:22-30

Jesus traveled through cities and villages, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?”

Jesus said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won’t be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ He will respond, ‘I don’t know you or where you are from. Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s kingdom, but you yourselves will be thrown out. People will come from east and west, north and south, and sit down to eat in God’s kingdom. Look! Those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last.”

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:

The universal church

Bishops, superintendents and all who lead the church

The leaders of the nations

The natural world and the resources of the earth

All who are in any kind of need

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


Loving God, we look to you.

Receive our prayer.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

God, the giver of life,

whose Holy Spirit wells up within your church:

by the Spirit's gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ

and make us eager to do your will,

that we may share with the whole creation

the joys of eternal life;

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.