Tuesday morning October 9

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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.



The Mighty Conqueror Leaves the Dead

Charles Wesley

The mighty conqueror leaves the dead,

Jesus the Lord ascends on high;

The powers of hell are captive led,

Dragged to the portals of the sky.

There his triumphal chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay:

“Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates;

Ye everlasting doors, give way.

Loose all your bars of massy light,

And wide unfold the radiant scene;

He claims these mansions as his right,

Receive the King of Glory in.”

“Who is the King of Glory, who?”

“The Lord, that all our foes overcame;

The world, sin, death, and hell overthrew,

Jesus is the conqueror’s name.”

Lo! His triumphal chariot waits,

And angels chant the solemn lay:

“Lift up your heads, ye heavenly gates;

Ye everlasting doors, give way.”

“Who is the King of Glory, who?”

“The Lord, of boundless power possessed,

The King of saints and angels too,

God over all, forever blessed.”

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 106


Bless the Lord, the God of Israel, from forever ago to forever from now!

Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,

because his faithful love endures forever.

Who could possibly repeat all of the Lord’s mighty acts

or publicly recount all his praise?

The people who uphold justice,

who always do what is right, are truly happy!

Remember me, Lord, with the favor you show your people.

Visit me with your saving help

so I can experience the good things your chosen ones experience,

so I can rejoice in the joy of your nation,

so I can praise along with your possession.

We have sinned—right along with our ancestors.

We’ve done what is wrong.

We’ve acted wickedly.

Our ancestors in Egypt didn’t understand your wondrous works.

They didn’t remember how much faithful love you have.

So they rebelled by the sea—at the Reed Sea.

But God saved them for the sake of his good name,

to make known his mighty power.

God scolded the Reed Sea, and it dried right up;

he led them through the deeps like they were a dry desert.

God saved them from hostile powers;

he redeemed them from the power of the enemy.

But the waters covered over their foes—

not one of them survived!

So our ancestors trusted God’s words;

they sang God’s praise.

But how quickly they forgot what he had done!

They wouldn’t wait for his advice.

They were overcome with craving in the desert;

they tested God in the wastelands.

God gave them what they asked for;

he sent food to satisfy their appetites.

But then they were jealous of Moses in the camp,

jealous too of Aaron, the Lord’s holy one.

So the earth opened up, swallowing Dathan,

and covering over Abiram’s crowd.

Fire blazed throughout that whole group;

flames burned up the wicked.

They made a calf at Horeb,

bowing down to a metal idol.

They traded their glorious God

for an image of a bull that eats grass.

They forgot the God who saved them—

the one who had done great things in Egypt,

wondrous works in the land of Ham,

awesome deeds at the Reed Sea.

So God determined that he would destroy them—

except for the fact that Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the way, right in front of him,

and turned God’s destructive anger away.

But then they rejected the land that was so desirable.

They didn’t trust God’s promise.

They muttered in their tents

and wouldn’t listen to the Lord’s voice.

So God raised his hand against them,

making them fall in the desert,

scattering their offspring among the nations,

casting them across many lands.

They joined themselves to Baal-peor

and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

They made God angry by what they did,

so a plague broke out against them.

Then Phinehas stood up and prayed,

and the plague was contained.

That’s why Phinehas is considered righteous,

generation after generation, forever.

But they angered God at Meribah’s waters,

and things went badly for Moses because of them,

because they made him bitter

so that he spoke rashly with his lips.

They didn’t destroy the nations

as the Lord had ordered them to do.

Instead, they got mixed up with the nations,

learning what they did

and serving those false gods,

which became a trap for them.

They sacrificed their own sons and daughters to demons!

They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their own sons and daughters—

the ones they sacrificed to Canaan’s false gods—

so the land was defiled by the bloodshed.

They made themselves unclean by what they did; they prostituted themselves by their actions.

So the Lord’s anger burned against his people;

he despised his own possession.

God handed them over to the nations;

people who hated them ruled over them.

Their enemies oppressed them,

and they were humbled under their power.

God delivered them numerous times,

but they were determined to rebel,

and so they were brought down by their own sin.

But God saw their distress

when he heard their loud cries.

God remembered his covenant for their sake,

and because of how much faithful love he has,

God changed his mind.

God allowed them to receive compassion

from all their captors.

Lord our God, save us!

Gather us back together from among all the nations

so we can give thanks to your holy name

and rejoice in your praise!

Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,

from forever ago to forever from now!

And let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord!

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.


Bless the Lord, the God of Israel, from forever ago to forever from now!

Psalm prayer

Holy God,

when our memories blot out your kindness

and we ignore your patient love,

remember us, remake us,

and give to us poor sinners

the rich inheritance of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
2 Kings 18:1-12

Hezekiah, Ahaz’s son, became king of Judah in the third year of Israel’s King Hoshea, Elah’s son. He was 25 years old when he became king, and he ruled twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi; she was Zechariah’s daughter. Hezekiah did what was right in the Lord’s eyes, just as his ancestor David had done. He removed the shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the sacred pole. He crushed the bronze snake that Moses made, because up to that point the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (The snake was named Nehushtan.)

Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, Israel’s God. There was no one like him among all of Judah’s kings—not before him and not after him. He clung to the Lord and never deviated from him. He kept the commandments that the Lord had commanded Moses. The Lord was with Hezekiah; he succeeded at everything he tried. He rebelled against Assyria’s king and wouldn’t serve him. He struck down the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territories, from watchtower to fortified city.

Assyria’s King Shalmaneser marched against Samaria and attacked it in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Israel’s King Hoshea, Elah’s son. After three years the Assyrians captured the city. Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was Hoshea’s ninth year. Assyria’s king sent Israel into exile to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River, and in the cities of the Medes. All this happened because they wouldn’t listen to the Lord their God. They broke his covenant—all that the Lord’s servant Moses had commanded them. They didn’t listen, and they didn’t do it.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Philippians 1:12-30

Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the things that have happened to me have actually advanced the gospel. The whole Praetorian Guard and everyone else knows that I’m in prison for Christ. Most of the brothers and sisters have had more confidence through the Lord to speak the word boldly and bravely because of my jail time. Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. They are insincere, hoping to cause me more pain while I’m in prison.

What do I think about this? Just this: since Christ is proclaimed in every possible way, whether from dishonest or true motives, I’m glad and I’ll continue to be glad. I’m glad because I know that this will result in my release through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is my expectation and hope that I won’t be put to shame in anything. Rather, I hope with daring courage that Christ’s greatness will be seen in my body, now as always, whether I live or die. Because for me, living serves Christ and dying is even better. If I continue to live in this world, I get results from my work. But I don’t know what I prefer. I’m torn between the two because I want to leave this life and be with Christ, which is far better. However, it’s more important for me to stay in this world for your sake. I’m sure of this: I will stay alive and remain with all of you to help your progress and the joy of your faith, and to increase your pride in Christ Jesus through my presence when I visit you again.

Most important, live together in a manner worthy of Christ’s gospel. Do this, whether I come and see you or I’m absent and hear about you. Do this so that you stand firm, united in one spirit and mind as you struggle together to remain faithful to the gospel. That way, you won’t be afraid of anything your enemies do. Your faithfulness and courage are a sign of their coming destruction and your salvation, which is from God. God has generously granted you the privilege, not only of believing in Christ but also of suffering for Christ’s sake. You are having the same struggle that you saw me face and now hear that I’m still facing.

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

O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

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.