Friday morning October 19

Saturday morning
Thursday 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.



Beyond the Bounds of Time and Space

Charles Wesley

Beyond the bounds of time and space,

Look forward to that heavenly place,

The saints’ secure abode;

On faith’s strong eagle pinions rise,

And force your passage to the skies,

And scale the mount of God.

Though suffering with our Master here,

We shall before his face appear,

And by his side sit down:

To patient faith, the prize is sure,

And all that to the end endure,

The cross, shall wear the crown.

The Word of God

Psalm 142


Get me out of this prison so I can give thanks to your name.

I cry out loud for help from the Lord.

I beg out loud for mercy from the Lord.

I pour out my concerns before God;

I announce my distress to him.

When my spirit is weak inside me, you still know my way.

But they’ve hidden a trap for me in the path I’m taking.

Look right beside me: See?

No one pays attention to me.

There’s no escape for me.

No one cares about my life.

I cry to you, Lord, for help.

“You are my refuge,” I say.

“You are all I have in the land of the living.”

Pay close attention to my shouting,

because I’ve been brought down so low!

Deliver me from my oppressors

because they’re stronger than me.

Get me out of this prison

so I can give thanks to your name.

Then the righteous will gather all around me

because of your good deeds to me.

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.


Get me out of this prison so I can give thanks to your name.

Psalm prayer

God of compassion,

you regard the forsaken

and give hope to the crushed in spirit;

hear those who cry to you in distress

and bring your ransomed people to sing your glorious praise,

now and forever.

Psalm 144


God is my loyal one, my fortress.

Bless the Lord, my rock,

who taught my hands how to fight,

who taught my fingers how to do battle!

God is my loyal one, my fortress,

my place of safety, my rescuer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

and the one who subdues people before me.

What are human beings, Lord, that you know them at all?

What are human beings that you even consider them?

Humans are like a puff of air;

their days go by like a shadow.

Lord, part your skies and come down!

Touch the mountains so they smoke!

Flash lightning and scatter the enemy!

Shoot your arrows and defeat them!

Stretch out your hand from above!

Rescue me and deliver me from deep water,

from the power of strangers, whose mouths speak lies,

and whose strong hand is a strong hand of deception!

I will sing a new song to you, God.

I will sing praises to you on a ten-stringed harp,

to you—the one who gives saving help to rulers,

and who rescues his servant David from the evil sword.

Rescue me and deliver me from the power of strangers,

whose mouths speak lies,

and whose strong hand is a strong hand of deception,

so that our sons can grow up fully, in their youth, like plants;

so that our daughters can be like pillars carved to decorate a palace;

so that our barns can be full, providing all kinds of food;

so that our flocks can be in the thousands—

even tens of thousands—in our fields;

so that our cattle can be loaded with calves;

so that there won’t be any breach in the walls,

no exile, no outcries in our streets!

The people who have it like this are truly happy!

The people whose God is the Lord are truly happy!

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 is my loyal one, my fortress.

Psalm prayer

God our deliverer,

stir our weak wills,

revive our weary spirits,

and give us the courage

to strive for the freedom of all your children,

to the praise of your glorious name.

Old Testament reading
2 Kings 24:18-25:12

Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal; she was Jeremiah’s daughter and was from Libnah. He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as Jehoiakim had done. It was precisely because the Lord was angry with Jerusalem and Judah that he thrust them out of his presence.

Now Zedekiah rebelled against the Babylonian king. So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s rule, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. He camped beside the city and built a siege wall all around it. The city was under attack until King Zedekiah’s eleventh year. On the ninth day of the month, the famine in the city got so bad that no food remained for the common people. Then the enemy broke into the city. All the soldiers fled by night using the gate between the two walls near the King’s Garden. The Chaldeans were surrounding the city, so the soldiers ran toward the desert plain. But the Chaldean army chased King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the Jericho plains. His entire army deserted him. So the Chaldeans captured the king and brought him back to the Babylonian king, who was at Riblah. There his punishment was determined. Zedekiah’s sons were slaughtered right before his eyes. Then he was blinded, put in bronze chains, and taken off to Babylon.

On the seventh day of the fifth month in the nineteenth year of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan arrived at Jerusalem. He was the commander of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king. He burned down the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all of Jerusalem’s houses. He burned down every important building. The whole Chaldean army under the commander of the guard tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem. Then Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard exiled the people who were left in the city, those who had already surrendered to Babylon’s king, and the rest of the population. The commander of the guard left some of the land’s poor people behind to work the vineyards and be farmers.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Timothy 5:1-16

Don’t correct an older man, but encourage him like he’s your father; treat younger men like your brothers, treat older women like your mother, and treat younger women like your sisters with appropriate respect.

Take care of widows who are truly needy. But if a particular widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn to respect their own family and repay their parents, because this pleases God. A widow who is truly needy and all alone puts her hope in God and keeps on going with requests and prayers, night and day. But a widow who tries to live a life of luxury is dead even while she is alive. Teach these things so that the families will be without fault. But if someone doesn’t provide for their own family, and especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith. They are worse than those who have no faith.

Put a widow on the list who is older than 60 years old and who was faithful to her husband. She should have a reputation for doing good: raising children, providing hospitality to strangers, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in distress, and dedicating herself to every kind of good thing. But don’t accept younger widows for the list. When their physical desires distract them from Christ, they will want to get married. Then they will be judged for setting aside their earlier commitment. Also, they learn to be lazy by going from house to house. They are not only lazy, but they also become gossips and busybodies, talking about things they shouldn’t. So I want younger widows to marry, have children, and manage their homes so that they won’t give the enemy any reason to slander us. (Some have already turned away to follow Satan.) If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should take care of them and not burden the church, so that it can help other widows who are truly needy.

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:

National leaders, public officials and the armed forces

Peace and justice in the world

Those who work for reconciliation

All whose lives are devastated by war and civil strife

Prisoners, refugees and homeless people

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


Father, by your Spirit

Bring in your kingdom.

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.