Daily Office for Our Times

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Redeeming the Soul of the World Through Love and Prayer

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Wednesday of Ordinary Time, Proper 6

Theme for Wednesday: Wholeness

With gratitude to God for our health and the wholeness that comes from our life in Christ we remember and give thanks for all who serve our world in the health sciences field, especially remembering, in this time of pandemic, doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies and care-givers who are putting their lives at risk to care for us. We also give thanks for for all who work to ensure that all people have access to adequate health care in our nation and throughout the world.

Sentence for the Week

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

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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! Alleluia!

Canticle

The Song of Mary   Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord:*

my spirit rejoices in God my savior,

For you Lord have looked with favor on your lowly servant:*

and from this day all generations will call me blessed.

You O Most Mighty have done great things for me:*

and holy is your name.

You have mercy on those who revere you:*

from generation to generation.

You have shown the strength of your arm:*

and scattered the proud in their conceit.

You have cast down the mighty from their thrones:*

and have lifted up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things:*

and the rich you have sent away empty.

You have come to the help of your people:*

for you have remembered your promise of mercy,

The promise you made to our forbears;*

to Abraham and Sarah and their children for ever. Amen.

The Psalms Appointed

Psalm 81 Exultate Deo

Sing with joy to God our strength,*

and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

Raise a song and sound the timbrel,*

the merry harp, and the lyre.

Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon*

and at the full moon, the day of our feast.

For this is a statute for Israel,*

a law of the God of Jacob.

God laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph,*

when he came out of the land of Egypt.

I heard an unfamiliar voice saying:*

"I eased Israel's shoulder from the burden; their hands were set free from bearing the load."

You called on me in trouble, and I saved you;*

I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah.

Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you:*

O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

There shall be no strange god among you;*

you shall not worship a foreign god.

I am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said,*

"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."

And yet my people did not hear my voice,*

and Israel would not obey me.

So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts,*

to follow their own devices.

Oh, that my people would listen to me,*

that Israel would walk in my ways!

I should soon subdue their enemies*

and turn my hand against their foes.

Those who hate me would cringe before me,*

and their punishment would last for ever.

But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat*

and satisfy them with honey from the rock

Psalm 82 Deus stetit

God stands in the council of heaven*

and gives judgment in the midst of the gods:

"How long will you judge unjustly,*

and show favor to the wicked?

Save the weak and the orphan;*

defend the humble and needy;

Rescue the weak and the poor;*

deliver them from the power of the wicked.

They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness;*

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Now I say to you, 'You are gods,*

and all of you children of the Most High;

Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,*

and fall like any ruler.' "

Arise, O God, and rule the earth,*

for you shall take all nations for your own.

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 Matthew 18:1-9

When they were in Capernaum, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!

“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.”

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

The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis, Luke 2:29 32

O God, you now have set your servant free*

to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,*

whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations,*

and the glory of your people Israel.

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 B

V.  Save your people, O God, and bless your inheritance;

R.  Govern and uphold them, now and always.

V.  Day by day we bless you;

R.  We praise your name for ever.

V.  O God, keep us from all sin today;

R.  Have mercy upon us, God, have mercy.

V.  O God, show us your love and mercy;

R.  For we put our trust in you.

V.  In you, O God, is our hope;

R.  And we shall never hope in vain.

Collect for the Week

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the Diocese

Collect for Wholeness

Almighty God in your love you created us and in your compassion you have restored us to wholeness in your son Jesus Christ. We pray for people who are broken and alienated and need your healing. Empower us with your Spirit to continue Jesus' healing work in our community and restore all people in mind body and spirit to wholeness in you. Amen.

Prayers for People Engaged in Access to Health Care Ministries

We pray for scientists working on a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic and for cures for all diseases that rob people of life and their family members of the people they love...
Amen.

Parish Intercessions

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 peace to love and enjoy the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The God of peace, sanctify you through and through, so that your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the one who calls you is faithful, and will do it. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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Acknowledgements: With Gratitude

Pray for Peace, Work for Justice.

This Daily Office App was created in 2020 at 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 added 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 congregation or community 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 resources 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, 2020
Director of the Appreciative Way