Morning Prayer 29th March 2017

John Keble, Priest, 1866

THE PREPARATION

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Christ, though tempted like us, was without sin.
O come, let us worship.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 101

  1. I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
    to you, O Lord, I will sing.
  2. I will study the way that is blameless.
    When shall I attain it?
    I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;
  3. I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is base.
    I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
  4. Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.
  5. One who secretly slanders a neighbour
    I will destroy.
    A haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not tolerate.
  6. I will look with favour on the faithful in the land,
    so that they may live with me;
    whoever walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.
  7. No one who practises deceit
    shall remain in my house;
    no one who utters lies
    shall continue in my presence.
  8. Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
    cutting off all evildoers
    from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 109.1-4, 20-30

  1. Do not be silent, O God of my praise.
  2. For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
    speaking against me with lying tongues.
  3. They beset me with words of hate,
    and attack me without cause.
  4. In return for my love they accuse me,
    even while I make prayer for them.
  5. May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
    of those who speak evil against my life.
  6. But you, O Lord my Lord,
    act on my behalf for your name’s sake;
    because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.
  7. For I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is pierced within me.
  8. I am gone like a shadow at evening;
    I am shaken off like a locust.
  9. My knees are weak through fasting;
    my body has become gaunt.
  10. I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they shake their heads.
  11. Help me, O Lord my God!
    Save me according to your steadfast love.
  12. Let them know that this is your hand;
    you, O Lord, have done it.
  13. Let them curse, but you will bless.
    Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.
  14. May my accusers be clothed with dishonour;
    may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.
  15. With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
    I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. (Jeremiah 18.1-11)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. (Romans 8.1-11)

John Keble, Priest, 1866

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

Blessèd are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

  1. Blessèd be the Lord God of Israel,for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
  2. He has raised up a mighty saviour for usin the house of his servant David,
  3. as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
  4. that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
  5. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,and has remembered his holy covenant,
  6. the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,to grant us
  7. that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,might serve him without fear,
  8. in holiness and righteousnessbefore him all our days.
  9. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
  10. to give knowledge of salvation to his peopleby the forgiveness of their sins.
  11. By the tender mercy of our God,the dawn from on high will break upon us,
  12. to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ (St 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 shall be for ever. Amen.

Blessèd are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Trusting in the compassion of God,
as our Saviour 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 for ever.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Grant, O God,
that in all time of our testing
we may know your presence and obey your will;
that, following the example of your servant John Keble,
we may accomplish with integrity and courage
what you give us to do,
and endure what you give us to bear;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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