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 - Amazing Love
14“But I will court her again and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak to her tenderly there. 15There I will give back her vineyards to her and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope. She will respond to me there, singing with joy as in days long ago in her youth after I had freed her from captivity in Egypt.
16“In that coming day,” says the Lord, “she will call me ‘My Husband’ instead of ‘My Master.’a
19and I will bind you to me forever with chains of righteousness and justice and love and mercy. 20I will betroth you to me in faithfulness and love, and you will really know me then as you never have before.. . . . .Hosea 2:14-16,19-20
- Literally, “My Baal,” meaning “My Lord,” but this was a tainted word because it applied to idols, so it will no longer be used in reference to the true God.
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.