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The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

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Daily Morning Prayer: Rite Two

Opening Hymn 7 (“Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”)

The Officiant begins the service with one or more of these sentences of Scripture.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the people

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. (Silence may be kept.)

Officiant and People together:

Most merciful God,  we confess that we have sinned against you  in thought, word, and deed,  by what we have done,  and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart;  we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,  have mercy on us and forgive us;  that we may delight in your will,  and walk in your ways,  to the glory of your Name. Amen. 

The Priest or Officiant alone says:

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant: Lord, open our lips.

People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People together:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as  it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

Officiant and People together:

Venite Psalm 95:1-7

Come, let us sing to the Lord; *

let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *

and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *

and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *

Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Lector: Let us together recite the Psalm Appointed for today.

Psalm (78:1-7) Attendite, popule

1 Hear my teaching, O my people; * incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable; * I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.

3 That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, * we will not hide from their children.

4 We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, * and the wonderful works he has done.

5 He gave his decrees to Jacob and established a law for Israel, * which he commanded them to teach their children;

6 That the generations to come might know, and the children yet unborn; * that they in their turn might tell it to their children;

7 So that they might put their trust in God, * and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments.

At the end is sung or said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *      as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

The Readings

The Hebrew Scriptures

Lector: A reading from Joshua (24:1-3a, 14-25)

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many.

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.

Lector: Here ends the reading.

Silence may be kept after each Reading.

Officiant and People together:

10 The Second Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 55:6-11)        Quaerite Dominum

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *     call upon him when he draws near. Let the wicked forsake their ways *     and the evil ones their thoughts; And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *     and to our God, for he will richly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *     nor your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *     so are my ways higher than your ways,     and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *     and return not again, but water the earth, Bringing forth life and giving growth, *     seed for sowing and bread for eating, So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *     it will not return to me empty; But it will accomplish that which I have purposed, *     and prosper in that for which I sent it.

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

The Epistle

Lector: A reading from 1 Thessalonians (4:13-18)

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Lector: Here ends the reading.

The Gloria is sung to a familiar tune

Glory to God in the highest,     and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,     we worship you, we give you thanks,     we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:     have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father:      receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,     Jesus Christ,     with the Holy Spirit,     in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Gospel

Lector: A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (25:1-13)

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Lector: Here ends the reading.

The Sermon/Remarks (and/or Announcements)

Praise Hymn 382 (“King of Glory, King of Peace”)

1 King of glory, King of peace, I will love thee; and that love may never cease, I will move thee. Thou hast granted my request, thou hast heard me; thou didst note my working breast, thou hast spared me.

2 Wherefore with my utmost art I will sing thee; and the cream of all my heart, I will bring thee. Though my sins against me cried, thou didst clear me; and alone, when they replied, thou didst hear me.

3 Seven whole days, not one in seven, I will praise thee; in my heart, though not in heaven, I can raise thee. Small it is, in this poor sort to enroll thee; e'en eternity's too short to extol thee.

The Apostles' Creed

Officiant and People together:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,      creator of heaven and earth;  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.      He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit          and born of the Virgin Mary.      He 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,          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.      He 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. 

The Prayers

Officiant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Officiant and People together:

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,       and the power, and the glory,       for ever and ever. Amen.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.  Save us from the time of trial,       and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power,       and the glory are yours,       now and for ever. Amen.

Suffrages B

V.    Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; R.    Govern and uphold them, now and always. V.    Day by day we bless you; R.    We praise your name for ever. V.    Lord, keep us from all sin today; R.    Have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy. V.    Lord, show us your love and mercy; R.    For we put our trust in you. V.    In you, Lord, is our hope; R.    And we shall never hope in vain.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day 

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the ways of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.

The Prayers of the People

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People together:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,  we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks  for all your goodness and loving-kindness  to us and to all whom you have made.  We bless you for our creation, preservation,  and all the blessings of this life;  but above all for your immeasurable love  in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;  for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.  And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,  that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,  not only with our lips, but in our lives,  by giving up our selves to your service,  and by walking before you  in holiness and righteousness all our days;  through Jesus Christ our Lord,  to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,  be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom 

Officiant: Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Officiant Let us bless the Lord!

People Thanks be to God!

The Officiant may then conclude with the following

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Closing Hymn 645 (“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”)

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