Tuesday morning October 23

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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 5


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

Hear my words, Lord!

Consider my groans!

Pay attention to the sound of my cries, my king and my God,

because I am praying to you!

Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.

In the morning I lay it all out before you.

Then I wait expectantly.

Because you aren’t a God

who enjoys wickedness;

evil doesn’t live with you.

Arrogant people won’t last long

in your sight;

you hate all evildoers;

you destroy liars.

The Lord despises people who are violent and dishonest.

But me? I will enter your house

because of your abundant, faithful love;

I will bow down at your holy temple,

honoring you.

Lord, because of many enemies,

please lead me in your righteousness.

Make your way clear,

right in front of me.

Because there’s no truth in my enemies’ mouths,

all they have inside them is destruction.

Their throats are open graves;

their tongues slick with talk.

Condemn them, God!

Let them fail by their own plans.

Throw them out for their many sins

because they’ve rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you celebrate.

Let them sing out loud forever!

Protect them

so that all who love your name

can rejoice in you.

Because you, Lord, bless the righteous.

You cover them with favor like a shield.

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

Lord, protect us from the deceit

of flattering tongues and lying lips;

give us words of life which speak your truth

and bless your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 6


Come back to me, Lord! Deliver me!

Please, Lord,

don’t punish me when you are angry;

don’t discipline me when you are furious.

Have mercy on me, Lord,

because I’m frail.

Heal me, Lord,

because my bones are shaking in terror!

My whole body is completely terrified!

But you, Lord! How long will this last?

Come back to me, Lord! Deliver me!

Save me for the sake of your faithful love!

No one is going to praise you

when they are dead.

Who gives you thanks

from the grave?

I’m worn out from groaning.

Every night, I drench my bed with tears;

I soak my couch all the way through.

My vision fails because of my grief;

it’s weak because of all my distress.

Get away from me, all you evildoers,

because the Lord has heard me crying!

The Lord has listened to my request.

The Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies will be ashamed

and completely terrified;

they will be defeated

and ashamed instantly.

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.


Come back to me, Lord! Deliver me!

Psalm prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

may the tears shed in your earthly life

be balm for all who weep,

and may the prayers of your pilgrimage

give strength to all who suffer;

for your mercy’s sake.

Psalm 8


Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

Lord, our Lord, how majestic

is your name throughout the earth!

You made your glory higher than heaven!

From the mouths of nursing babies

you have laid a strong foundation

because of your foes,

in order to stop vengeful enemies.

When I look up at your skies,

at what your fingers made—

the moon and the stars

that you set firmly in place—

what are human beings

that you think about them;

what are human beings

that you pay attention to them?

You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,

crowning them with glory and grandeur.

You’ve let them rule over your handiwork,

putting everything under their feet—

all sheep and all cattle,

the wild animals too,

the birds in the sky,

the fish of the ocean,

everything that travels the pathways of the sea.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

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.


Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

Psalm prayer

We bless you, master of the heavens,

for the wonderful order which enfolds this world;

grant that your whole creation

may find fulfillment in the Son of Man,

Jesus Christ our Savior.

Old Testament reading
Exodus 29:38-30:16

Now this is what you should offer on the altar: two one-year-old lambs regularly every day. Offer one lamb in the morning and offer the other lamb at twilight. With the first lamb, add one-tenth of a measure of the high-quality flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil from crushed olives and a quarter of a hin of wine for a drink offering. With the second lamb offered at twilight, again include a grain offering and its drink offering as in the morning as a soothing smell, a gift offering for the Lord. This should be the regular entirely burned offering in every generation at the meeting tent’s entrance in the Lord’s presence. There I will meet with you, and there I will speak to you. I will meet with the Israelites there, and it will be made holy by my glorious presence. I will make the meeting tent and the altar holy. Likewise, I will make Aaron and his sons holy to serve me as priests. I will be at home among the Israelites, and I will be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could make a home among them. I am the Lord their God.

Make an acacia-wood altar for burning incense. The altar should be square, eighteen inches long and eighteen inches wide. It should be three feet high. Its horns should be permanently attached. Cover the altar with pure gold, including its top, all its sides, and its horns. You should also make a gold molding all around it. Make two gold rings and attach them under the molding on two opposite sides of the altar. They will house the poles used to carry the altar. 5 Make acacia-wood poles and cover them with gold. Place the incense altar in front of the veil that hangs before the chest containing the covenant, in front of the cover that is on top of the covenant document where I will meet with you. Aaron will burn sweet-smelling incense on the incense altar every morning when he takes care of the lamps. And again when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he will burn incense. It should be a regular incense offering in the Lord’s presence in every generation. Don’t offer the wrong incense on the altar or an entirely burned offering or a grain offering. Don’t pour a drink offering on it. Once a year Aaron should perform a ritual of reconciliation on its horns with the blood of the purification offering for reconciliation. Once a year in every generation he should perform a ritual of reconciliation at the altar. It is most holy to the Lord.

The Lord spoke to Moses: When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each of them should pay compensation for their life to the Lord when they are counted. Then no plague will descend on them when they are counted. Every one who is counted should pay a half shekel according to the official shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs). The half shekel is a gift offering to the Lord. Every one who is counted, from 20 years old and above, should present a gift offering to the Lord. When you bring this gift offering to the Lord to pay compensation for your lives, the rich shouldn’t give more and the poor shouldn’t give less than the half shekel. Take the compensation money from the Israelites and use it to support the service of the meeting tent. It will serve for the Israelites as a reminder in the Lord’s presence of the compensation paid for your lives.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Timothy 6:11-21

But as for you, man of God, run away from all these things. Instead, pursue righteousness, holy living, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness. Compete in the good fight of faith. Grab hold of eternal life—you were called to it, and you made a good confession of it in the presence of many witnesses. I command you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and Christ Jesus, who made the good confession when testifying before Pontius Pilate. Obey this order without fault or failure until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. The timing of this appearance is revealed by God alone, who is the blessed and only master, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone has immortality and lives in light that no one can come near. No human being has ever seen or is able to see him. Honor and eternal power belong to him. Amen.

Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

Timothy, protect what has been given to you in trust. Avoid godless and pointless discussions and the contradictory claims of so-called “knowledge.” When some people adopted this false knowledge, they missed the goal of faith.

May grace be with you all.

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

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.