Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Old Testament Reading - A Promise of Hope
7But for good men the path is not uphill and rough! God does not give them a rough and treacherous path, but smooths the road before them. 8O Lord, we love to do your will! Our hearts’ desire is to glorify your name. 9All night long I search for you; earnestly I seek for God; for only when you come in judgment on the earth to punish it will people turn away from wickedness and do what is right.
16Lord, in their distress they sought for you. When your punishment was on them, they poured forth a whispered prayer. 17How we missed your presence, Lord! We suffered as a woman giving birth who cries and writhes in pain. 18We too have writhed in agony, but all to no avail. No deliverance has come from all our efforts. 19Yet we have this assurance: Those who belong to God shall live again. Their bodies shall rise again! Those who dwell in the dust shall awake and sing for joy! For God’s light of life will fall like dew upon them!. . . . .Isaiah 26:7-9,16-19
Please remember our Prayer Requests
We pray for all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbours
and for those who are alone.
For this community,
and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.