Morning Prayer 14th December 2016

Ember Day

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4.7

Psalm 119.49-72

Remember thy word to thy servant,
    in which thou hast made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction
    that thy promise gives me life.
Godless men utterly deride me,
    but I do not turn away from thy law.
When I think of thy ordinances from of old,
    I take comfort, O Lord.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake thy law.
Thy statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my pilgrimage.
I remember thy name in the night, O Lord,
    and keep thy law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
    that I have kept thy precepts.

The Lord is my portion;
    I promise to keep thy words.
I entreat thy favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to thy promise.
When I think of thy ways,
    I turn my feet to thy testimonies;
I hasten and do not delay
    to keep thy commandments.
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not forget thy law.
At midnight I rise to praise thee,
    because of thy righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all who fear thee,
    of those who keep thy precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of thy steadfast love;
    teach me thy statutes!

Thou hast dealt well with thy servant,
    O Lord, according to thy word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in thy commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray;
    but now I keep thy word.
Thou art good and doest good;
    teach me thy statutes.
The godless besmear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I keep thy precepts;
their heart is gross like fat,
    but I delight in thy law.
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn thy statutes.
The law of thy mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Isaiah 9.8-17

The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,
    and it will light upon Israel;
and all the people will know,
    E′phraim and the inhabitants of Samar′ia,
    who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:
“The bricks have fallen,
    but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
    but we will put cedars in their place.”
So the Lord raises adversaries against them,
    and stirs up their enemies.
The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west
    devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger is not turned away
    and his hand is stretched out still.

The people did not turn to him who smote them,
    nor seek the Lord of hosts.
So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
    palm branch and reed in one day—
the elder and honored man is the head,
    and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
for those who lead this people lead them astray,
    and those who are led by them are swallowed up.
Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,
    and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;
for every one is godless and an evildoer,
    and every mouth speaks folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away
    and his hand is stretched out still.

2 Peter 2.1-10a

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep.

For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven other persons, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomor′rah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked (for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds),then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who
trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Collect

O Almighty God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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