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 - Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
1Listen! This is your doom! It is spoken by the Lord against both Israel and Judah — against the entire family I brought from Egypt:
2“Of all the peoples of the earth, I have chosen you alone. That is why I must punish you the more for all your sins. 3 For how can we walk together with your sins between us?
4“Would I be roaring as a lion unless I had a reason? The fact is, I am getting ready to destroy you. Even a young lion, when it growls, shows it is ready for its food. 5A trap doesn’t snap shut unless it is stepped on; your punishment is well deserved. 6The alarm has sounded — listen and fear! For I, the Lord, am sending disaster into your land.
7“But always, first of all, I warn you through my prophets. This I now have done.”
8The Lion has roared — tremble in fear. The Lord God has sounded your doom — I dare not refuse to proclaim it.
11I destroyed some of your cities, as I did Sodom and Gomorrah; those left are like half-burned firebrands snatched away from fire. And still you won’t return to me,” says the Lord.
12“Therefore, I will bring upon you all these further evils I have spoken of. Prepare to meet your God in judgment, Israel.. . . . .Amos 3:1-8;4:11-12
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.