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 - God answers Job
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
12“Have you ever once commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? 13Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to end the night’s wickedness? 14Have you ever robed the dawn in red, 15and disturbed the haunts of wicked men, and stopped the arm raised to strike?
16 “Have you explored the springs from which the seas come, or walked in the sources of their depths? 17-18Has the location of the gates of death been revealed to you? Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know! 19Where does the light come from, and how do you get there? Or tell me about the darkness. Where does it come from? 20Can you find its boundaries, or go to its source? 21But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!
4“I am nothing — how could I ever find the answers? I lay my hand upon my mouth in silence. 5I have said too much already.”. . . . .Job 38:1,12-21;40:3-5
Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.