Morning Prayer

Tuesday of Ordinary Time, Proper 21

Theme for Tuesday: Wisdom

With gratitude for God's wisdom and our capacity to learn and grow we offer praises to God and pray for teachers and people engaged in ensuring that all children have the resources to access an education that will empower them to live a wise and fulfilling future.

Sentence for the Day

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Matthew 21:42

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The Invitatory and Psalter

O God, let our mouths proclaim your praise.

Let our hearts rejoice in your goodness.

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor, power and might be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!

Canticle

Jubilate   Psalm 100

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:
Come let us adore him.

Be joyful in God, all you lands;*

serve with gladness and come before God's presence with a song.

For we know that you are God;*

you yourself have made us, and we are yours;
we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

We shall enter your gates with thanksgiving, go into your courts with praise, *

give thanks to you and call upon your Name.

For you are good; your mercy is everlasting; *

and your faithfulness endures from age to age.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:
Come let us adore him.

The Psalms Appointed

Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit

  1. You reign, O God; let the earth rejoice;*

    let the multitude of the isles be glad.

  2. Clouds and darkness are round about you;*

    righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne.

  3. A fire goes before you*

    and burns up your enemies on every side.

  4. Your lightnings light up the world;*

    the earth sees it and is afraid.

  5. The mountains melt like wax at your presence, O God,*

    at your presence, O God of the whole earth.

  6. The heavens declare your righteousness,*

    and all the peoples see your glory.

  7. Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods!*

    Let all gods bow down before you.

  8. Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,*

    because of your judgments, O God.

  9. For you are God, most high over all the earth;*

    you are exalted far above all gods.

  10. You love those who hate evil;*

    you preserve the lives of your saints and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

  11. Light has sprung up for the righteous*

    and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

  12. Rejoice in God, you righteous*

    and give thanks to God's holy Name.

Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit

  1. God reigns; let the people tremble;*

    God is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.

  2. God is great in Zion*

    and is high above all peoples.

  3. Let them confess God's Name, which is great and awesome;*

    God is the Holy One.

  4. "O mighty Ruler, lover of justice, you have established equity;*

    you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."

  5. We proclaim your greatness, O God, and fall down before your footstool;*

    you are the Holy One.

  6. Moses and Aaron among your priests, and Samuel among those who call upon your Name,*

    they called upon you, and you answered them.

  7. You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;*

    they kept your testimonies and the decree that you gave them.

  8. "O Holy God, you answered them indeed;*

    you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds."

  9. Proclaim the greatness of our God and worship on God's holy hill,*

    for our God is the Holy One.

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo

  1. May all lands be joyful before you, O God,*

    serve with gladness and come before your presence with a song.

  2. For we know that you are God;*

    you yourself have made us, and we are yours; we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

  3. We shall enter your gates with thanksgiving, go into your courts with praise,*

    give thanks to you and call upon your Name.

  4. For you are good; your mercy is everlasting;*

    and your faithfulness endures from age to age.

All Glory to the Loving One, Source of our being, Eternal Word, and Life-Giving Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson

A Reading from Hosea 4:1-10

Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.

There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
and no knowledge of God in the land.

Swearing, lying, and murder,
and stealing and adultery break out;
bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Therefore the land mourns,
and all who live in it languish;

together with the wild animals and the birds of the air,
even the fish of the sea are perishing.

Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is my contention, O priest.

You shall stumble by day;
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night,
and I will destroy your mother.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.

And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

The more they increased,
the more they sinned against me;
they changed their glory into shame.

They feed on the sin of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity.

And it shall be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways,
and repay them for their deeds.

They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
they shall play the whore, but not multiply;

because they have forsaken the Lord
to devote themselves to whoredom.

A time of silence may be kept.

Officiant    For the Word of God in scripture,
                    for the Word of God among us,
                    for the Word of God within us.
People        Thanks be to God.

Canticle

A Song of Pilgrimage   Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22

Before I ventured forth, even while I was very young,*

I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.

In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her,*

and I will seek her to the end.

From the first blossom to early fruit,*

she has been the delight of my heart.

My foot has kept firmly to the true path,*

diligently from my youth have I pursued her.

I inclined my ear a little and received her;*

I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.

To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory,*

for I have resolved to live according to her way.

From the beginning I gained courage from her,*

therefore I will not be forsaken.

In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her,*

therefore have I gained a good possession.

As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*

and with it will I offer praise to God.

All Glory to the Loving One, Source of our being, Eternal Word, and Life-Giving Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Second Lesson

A Reading from Acts 21:1-14

When we had parted from the elders of the church at Ephesus and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. When we found a ship bound for Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail. We came in sight of Cyprus; and leaving it on our left, we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there. We looked up the disciples and stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with wives and children, escorted us outside the city. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.

When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we greeted the believers and stayed with them for one day. The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy. While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”

A time of silence may be kept.

Officiant    For the Word of God in scripture,
                    for the Word of God among us,
                    for the Word of God within us.
People        Thanks be to God..

Canticle

A Song of Wisdom Wisdom 10:15-19, 20b-21

Wisdom freed from a nation of oppressors

a holy people and a blameless race.

She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,

withstood dread rulers with wonders and signs.

To the saints she gave the reward of their labors;

and led them by a marvelous way,

She was their shelter by day

and a blaze of stars by night.

She brought them across the Red Sea,

she led them through mighty waters;

But their enemies she swallowed in the waves

and spewed them out from the depths of the abyss.

And then, Lord, the righteous sang hymns to your Name,

and praised with one voice your protecting hand;

For wisdom opened the mouths of the mute,

and gave speech to the tongues of a new-born people.

All Glory to the Loving One, Source of our being, Eternal Word and Life-Giving Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

All Glory to the Loving One, Source of our being, Eternal Word, and Life-Giving Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Prayers

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

Source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all,

Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

Suffrages

Suffrage A

V.  Show us your mercy, O God;

R.  And grant us your salvation.

V.  Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

R.  Let your people sing with joy.

V.  Give peace, O God, in all the world;

R.  For only in you can we live in safety.

V.  O God, keep this nation under your care;

R.  And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

V.  Let your way be known upon earth;

R.  Your saving health among all nations.

V.  Let not the needy, O God, be forgotten;

R.  Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

V.  Create in us clean hearts, O God;

R.  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect for the Week:

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Wisdom

Almighty God, you are the loving heart of the universe in whom we live and move and have our being. You are the source of all that was, and is and will be; you are the fount of all wisdom and knowledge. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to understand and hearts to behold your wisdom in Jesus Christ that transcends all human understanding. Amen.

Collect for the Diocese

We give thanks for Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and his call for us to walk the Way of Love, and for Deon, our Bishop, and his call to our diocese of Missouri to dream, dare, and do life together in Christ as we work for and manifest God's Kingdom here on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Prayers for People Engaged in

      Education Ministries

We give thanks for all teachers who have dedicated themselves to educating both children and adults and who delight in seeing their students come alive with new insights and understandings, and we pray for their safety as they return to classrooms in the midst of the pandemic.

Parish Intercessions

We hold in the light of God's loving presence people in need of healing, especially Kendall D., Paul H., Taffy H., Ann L., Bryan M., Signe M., Frank R., Jen S., Carl S., Rolla W. and people on our hearts today...
We remember parishioners and loved ones who have died, especially Chris Cauttrell, Betty Cave, Melissa Kean, Bill Danforth, Ron Walters...
and people who grieve...
that they all may know the comfort of God's love and presence. Amen.

We remember in God's presence, people suffering from chronic health problems and requiring long term care, especially Greg E., Samantha F., Patty H., Laney J., Ann M., Bill M., and we pray for their care-givers that together they would know your presence and love. Amen.

And we pray for our own needs and the needs of others.

Collect for Our Time

God of all mercy, keep us from a mindless acceptance of things as they are, and a longing for peace without the courage to work for justice. Let us all know in the life-threatening pandemics of disease, poverty, racism, and violence there is an inner calm that comes from faith in you, and that from this central heart of peace, there may flow a creative and courageous compassion, a deep thirst for racial justice, and a relentless proclamation of your love, to heal and reconcile your world in you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dismissal

Go in the Name of the Wise One who calls you by name.

Thanks be to God.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance from the One who has chosen you and sanctified you by the Spirit to be faithful to Jesus Christ who has shed his blood for you. Amen. 1 Peter 1:1-2

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Acknowledgements: With Gratitude

Pray for Peace, Work for Justice.

This Daily Office App was created by St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ladue, MO, as a partial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd. Because of the pandemic we and many congregations began offering online variations of the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer. George Floyd's murder brought into sharp relief the racism and many other injustices in our world. We believe it is pointless to pray for peace unless we are actively working for justice in all spheres of our daily lives.

Within our congregation we have many people such as Medical Personnel and Teachers who are putting their lives at risk to help create a better world. We also have numerous parishioners employed or engaged in not-for-profit agencies, research, and outreach all of which are striving to right the wrongs of our society and in the words of the Lord's Prayer, "helping God's Kingdom come on earth". To focus our need to engage in social action we have created this Daily Office with a two week cycle of social justice themes to help us:

The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and its many companion books through out the Anglican Communion are wonderful treasure troves of prayers and resources for deepening our spiritual lives and inspiring action in the world. Such books are however are a frozen meal, they need thawing out, warming up, and seasoning with local spices. This is what this app seeks to do. It adds the necessary flavors of St. Peter's, Ladue, so whether at home, in church, or travelling the world, we can continue to remember and pray for one another as we walk the way of love and make this a better world in which our children's children can love and grow into the image of God that God creates them to be.

If you would like to adapt this app for your own congregational setting and add your own spices and flavors please email us and we can create a specific parish option for you.

Specific Acknowledgements and Copyrights.

The service structure and the traditional psalms canticles and prayers are taken from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, 1979, available from The Church Hymnal Corporation, New York. Inclusive canticles and prayers have been adapted from a variety of sources including Enriching our Worship, 1998 also available from The Church Hymnal Corporation, New York.

Inclusive Psalms were taken from The Saint Helena Psalter, ©Copyright 2005 by The Order of St. Helena, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Specific prayers such as the Inclusive Lord’s Prayer has been taken from A New Zealand Prayerbook, ©Copyright 1989 the Church of the Province of New Zealand. This prayerbook has also provided inspiration for the inclusive Compline service and partial content to many of the collects.

In general, Biblical passages are taken from The New Revised Standard Version, ©Copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We are also indebted to The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG. the developer of the The Daily Office App who provided technical advice and reseources as we developed this app.

We are also indebted to Sandie Willey and her gift of words and discerning eye as together we crafted many of the prayers as we worked to create this Daily Office for Our Times.

In the course of preparing this app we have visited many websites, read and prayed many prayers, and been inspired by many writers. To all the people who share their creativity with the world we say thank you for the beauty of your words and the times when a word becomes a sparkle of truth and a moment of transcendence.

With Gratitude
Rob Voyle,
Interim Rector, St. Peter's.