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The Lord cares for the stranger in the land, and sustains the widows and orphans. . . . .Psalm 146:9.

Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.

Psalm 107:1-22

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures for ever.
  2. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    those he redeemed from trouble
  3. and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
  4. Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to an inhabited town;
  5. hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
  6. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress;
  7. he led them by a straight way,
    until they reached an inhabited town.
  8. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  9. For he satisfies the thirsty,
    and the hungry he fills with good things.
  10. Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
    prisoners in misery and in irons,
  11. for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
  12. Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
    they fell down, with no one to help.
  13. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
  14. he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
    and broke their bonds asunder.
  15. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  16. For he shatters the doors of bronze,
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.
  17. Some were sick through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
  18. they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
  19. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
  20. he sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from destruction.
  21. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
  22. And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

The Armour of God

Almighty God,
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
    and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
    because we have no righteousness of our own,
    but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
    that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
    that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
    that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
    which is the word of God;
    and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the Love of God
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.
Amen.