Monday morning October 22

Tuesday morning
Sunday 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.



Captain of Israel’s Host

Charles Wesley

Captain of Israel's host, and guide

Of all who seek the land above,

Beneath thy shadow we abide,

The cloud of thy protecting love;

Our strength, thy grace; our rule, thy word;

Our end, the glory of the Lord.

By thine unerring Spirit led,

We shall not in the desert stray;

We shall not full direction need

Nor miss our providential way;

As far from danger as from fear,

While love, almighty love, is near.

Confession of sin

Seek the Lord when he can still be found;

call him while he is yet near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways

and the sinful their schemes.

Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them,

to our God, because he is generous with forgiveness.

cf Isaiah 55

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

Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have committed evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your faithful love.

Wash us completely clean of our guilt; purify us from our sin.

Put a new, faithful spirit deep inside us,

and return the joy of your salvation to us

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Psalm 51

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Bless the Lord,

because he has listened to our request for mercy.

Therefore our hearts will rejoice

and we will thank him with our song.

cf Psalm 28:7,9

The Word of God

Psalm 1


You, Lord, bless the righteous. You cover them with favor like a shield.

The truly happy person

doesn’t follow wicked advice,

doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,

and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.

Instead of doing those things,

these persons love the Lord’s Instruction,

and they recite God’s Instruction day and night!

They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,

which bears fruit at just the right time

and whose leaves don’t fade.

Whatever they do succeeds.

That’s not true for the wicked!

They are like dust that the wind blows away.

And that’s why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—

neither will sinners

in the assembly of the righteous.

The Lord is intimately acquainted

with the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked is destroyed.

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, Lord, bless the righteous. You cover them with favor like a shield.

Psalm prayer

Christ our wisdom,

give us delight in your law,

that we may bear fruits of patience and peace

in the kingdom of the righteous;

for your mercy’s sake.

Psalm 2


All who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy!

Why do the nations rant?

Why do the peoples rave uselessly?

The earth’s rulers take their stand;

the leaders scheme together

against the Lord and

against his anointed one.

“Come!” they say.

“We will tear off their ropes

and throw off their chains!”

The one who rules in heaven laughs;

my Lord makes fun of them.

But then God speaks to them angrily;

then he terrifies them with his fury:

“I hereby appoint my king on Zion,

my holy mountain!”

I will announce the Lord’s decision:

He said to me, “You are my son,

today I have become your father.

Just ask me,

and I will make the nations your possession;

the far corners of the earth will be your property.

You will smash them with an iron rod;

you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”

So kings, wise up!

Be warned, you rulers of the earth!

Serve the Lord reverently—

trembling, kiss his feet

or else he will become angry,

and your way will be destroyed

because his anger ignites in an instant.

But all who take refuge in 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.


All who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy!

Psalm prayer

Most high and holy God,

lift our eyes to your Son

enthroned on Calvary;

and as we behold his meekness,

shatter our earthly pride;

for he is Lord forever and ever.

Psalm 3


You, Lord, are my shield!

Lord, I have so many enemies!

So many are standing against me.

So many are talking about me:

“Even God won’t help him.”

But you, Lord, are my shield!

You are my glory!

You are the one who restores me.

I cry out loud to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down, sleep, and wake up

because the Lord helps me.

I won’t be afraid of thousands of people

surrounding me on all sides.

Stand up, Lord!

Save me, my God!

In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;

shatter the teeth of the wicked!

Rescue comes from the Lord!

May your blessing be on your people!

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, Lord, are my shield!

Psalm prayer

Shield us, Lord, from all evil,

and lift us from apathy and despair,

that even when we are terrified,

we may trust your power to save;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Exodus 22:21-27

Don’t mistreat or oppress an immigrant, because you were once immigrants in the land of Egypt. Don’t treat any widow or orphan badly. If you do treat them badly and they cry out to me, you can be sure that I’ll hear their cry. I’ll be furious, and I’ll kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows, and your children will be orphans.

If you lend money to my people who are poor among you, don’t be a creditor and charge them interest. If you take a piece of clothing from someone as a security deposit, you should return it before the sun goes down. His clothing may well be his only blanket to cover himself. What else will that person have to sleep in? And if he cries out to me, I’ll listen, because I’m compassionate.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Timothy 6:1-10

Those who are under the bondage of slavery should consider their own masters as worthy of full respect so that God’s name and our teaching won’t get a bad reputation. And those who have masters who are believers shouldn’t look down on them because they are brothers. Instead, they should serve them more faithfully, because the people who benefit from your good service are believers who are loved. Teach and encourage these things.

If anyone teaches anything different and doesn’t agree with sound teaching about our Lord Jesus Christ and teaching that is consistent with godliness, that person is conceited. They don’t understand anything but have a sick obsession with debates and arguments. This creates jealousy, conflict, verbal abuse, and evil suspicions. There is constant bickering between people whose minds are ruined and who have been robbed of the truth. They think that godliness is a way to make money! Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it: we’ll be happy with food and clothing. But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal.

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 media and the arts

Farming and fishing

Commerce and industry

Those whose work is unfulfilling, stressful or fraught with danger

All who are unemployed

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


Father, hear our prayer,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,

to your faithful people pardon and peace,

that they may be cleansed from all their sins

and serve you with a quiet mind;

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.