Midday Prayer 27th December 2016

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds. Psalm 9.1

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are round about him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him,
    and burns up his adversaries round about.
His lightnings lighten the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
    and all the peoples behold his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
    who make their boast in worthless idols;
    all gods bow down before him.
Zion hears and is glad,
    and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
    because of thy judgments, O God.
For thou, O Lord, art most high over all the earth;
    thou art exalted far above all gods.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
    he preserves the lives of his saints;
    he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light dawns for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!
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.

St. Matthew 1.20-23

An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emman′u-el”

(which means, God with us).

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

Shed upon thy Church, we beseech thee, O Lord, the brightness of thy light; that we, being illumined by the teaching of thine apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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