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 - All will call on the Lord
8But the Lord says, “Be patient; the time is coming soon when I will stand up and accuse these evil nations. For it is my decision to gather together the kingdoms of the earth and pour out my fiercest anger and wrath upon them. All the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
9“At that time I will change the speech of my returning people to pure Hebrewa so that all can worship the Lord together. 10My scattered people who live in the Sudan,b beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, will come with their offerings, asking me to be their God again. 11And then you will no longer need to be ashamed of yourselves, for you will no longer be rebels against me. I will remove all your proud and arrogant people from among you; there will be no pride or haughtiness on my holy mountain. 12Those who are left will be the poor and the humble, and they will trust in the name of the Lord. 13They will not be sinners, full of lies and deceit. They will live quietly, in peace, and lie down in safety, and no one will make them afraid.”. . . . .Zephaniah 3:8-13
- I will change the speech of my returning people to pure Hebrew, Literally, “I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech.” See Isaiah 19:18.
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.