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Psalm 121

I raise my eyes up to the mountains -
will anyone come to help me?
Yes, my God comes to help me,
the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not allow you to stumble,
he will not sleep, he keeps watch over you.
No, he will not slumber or sleep,
he watches over all of his people.

Our God is keeping watch,
like a shadow spread over you.
The sun will not strike you by day,
and by night the moon will not harm you.

He keeps all evil away,
he takes you under his care.
And whether you are coming or going,
God will keep you for ever.

Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

Psalm 122

It was a joy for me to hear:
"We are on our way to the house of the Lord."
And now we are here in front of your gates,
on your ground, Jerusalem.

City of my heart, Jerusalem,
with your houses shoulder to shoulder.
All the tribes of Israel
are going there, caravans of people,

to celebrate the Name of the Lord,
for this is our sacred duty.
There the seats of judgement are,
there is the royal throne of David.

Pray for peace, for peace on this city,
wish its children every blessing -
city of peace, within your walls
a man may be safely happy.

I wish you all prosperity,
dearest home of all my friends,
city of God, I wish you peace,
peace for evermore.

Let us pray

Silent prayer

Collect of the day

Reading 1 John 4: 7-11 First Week
1 John 3: 1-3 Second Week

Lead me in your truth and teach me
For you are the God of my salvation

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 124

Israel may say with justice:
If God had not been for us,
when people were against us -
if God had not been for us,
we would have been eaten alive,
we would have been burnt in their rage,
the water would have sprung upon us,
the flood would have swept us away,
and in those seething waves
we would all have been lost.

But God - thanks be to him -
has saved us from their teeth.
We have escaped, like a bird
from the net of the bird-catcher.
The net is torn,
and we are flown -

Our help is the Name of the Lord,
who made the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
so the Lord is round about his people,
from this time forth and for evermore.
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
upon the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous put forth their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts.
But those who turn aside upon their crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
Peace be in Israel.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday, page 47

Reading Luke 6:2O-23 First Week
Luke 1O:38-42 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 126

When from our exile
God takes us home again,
that will be dreamlike.

We shall be singing,
laughing for happiness.
The world will say:
"Their God does wonders."
Yes, you do wonders,
God here among us,
you, our gladness.

Then take us home,
bring us to life,
just like the rivers
which, in the desert,
when the first rain falls
start flowing again.

Sow seed in sadness,
harvest in gladness.
A man goes his way
and sows seed with tears.
Back he comes, singing,
sheaves on his shoulder.

Psalm 127

If the Lord does not build the house,
poor builder, why go on working?
If the Lord does not guard the town,
poor watchman, your watch is in vain.

Why, then, should you get up early,
and toil on into the night.
Your bread will still taste of sorrow.
Happiness can never be made -
the Lord gives it to his friends,
just like that, in their sleep.

Children come from God,
a son is a precious gift.
Like arrows on a man's bow
are sons born to him in his youth.
Happy is the man who has them -
he has no need to worry,
he can face up to his enemy,
he can take on the world.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday, page 47

Reading Matthew 5:13-16 First Week
Mark 4:26-29 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how powerful is your Name
everywhere on earth.
You show your majesty in the heavens,
yet you open the mouths of helpless children,
and there rises a song that bewilders your enemy -
all your opponents are put to silence.

If I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place -
what, then, is man, that you remember him,
the son of Adam, that he touches your heart.
Yet you have made him almost a god,
and you have crowned him with glory and splendour.
You make him lord of the work of your hands,
and you have laid the whole world at his feet,

sheep and cattle, all, all things,
even the animals in the open plain,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
all that wanders on the paths of the water.

Lord, our Lord, how powerful is your Name
everywhere on earth.

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble.
The name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.

May he grant you your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;
but we boast of the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall;
but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 17: 5-6 First Week
Mark 4:30-32 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 15

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right,
and speaks truth from his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue,
and does no evil to his friend,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour;
in whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
but who honours those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest,
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 30

I will speak of you, God,
and everyone may hear it:
You have drawn me up,
You have spared me the unholy glee of all my enemies.
I called to you: "God, help me" -
and you came to heal me.
It was you who brought me back
from the deepest pit -
already I was numbered among the dead -
you have given me life again.

Sing to the Lord our God,
all you that share in his love.
Keep it alive in your songs that he is the holy One.
His anger is but for a moment,
his friendship lasts a lifetime -
the evening comes with sorrow,
the daybreak brings you gladness.
I was carefree and happy,
I thought: it will ever be so,
I stand, and I will not fall.
And I was not aware
that nothing but your mercy
keeps me alive, Lord God.
And so, when you turned away
from me, I was nowhere.

Then I called out to you, God,
and I begged you for mercy -
"What use is it to you if I die,
if I am laid in the grave?
Can you be praised by the dust,
can a dead man sing of your faithfulness?
So in your goodness hear me, Lord,
be merciful to me and help me."

Then you changed my sorrow
into joy - I was in mourning
and you clothed me with gladness.
And now, with all my heart,
I sing this song to you,
I may no more be silent;
and therefore, God, my God,
I give you endless thanks.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 11:29-32 First Week
Luke 17:2O-21 Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 51

Be merciful to me, you who are mercy,
wipe out my guilt in your compassion.
Wash me, I am dirty with sin -
who can forgive but you alone?

I see the evil that I have done,
it is all around me on every side.
Against your holiness I have sinned,
I have done what is hateful to you.
Your word justly sentences me,
you are righteous.

In unrighteousness I was born,
I was conceived and carried in sin.
Now you want me to come to the truth,
I hear your voice God, in my conscience.
Cover my sins and wash me clean,
and I shall be as white as snow.
Speak your saving word to me,
you have broken me, you can heal me.
Close your eyes, then, to my sins,
let them no longer exist for you.

Give me a different heart, my God,
make me new and make me firm.
Do not turn away, do not reject me,
never take your holy spirit from me.
Save me, and I can again be happy,
and I dare to live freely again.
Let me be a sign of your mercy,
and all who have disowned you, God,
will find the courage to go back to you.

Hold me no longer a captive of dumbness,
or must I be silent about your mercy?
Put the right words into my mind
to bear witness to your forgiveness.

You want no gifts and sacrifices.
If only, broken and made humble,
if only I open my heart to you,
that is my sacrifice.
Lord, accept it.

In your mercy be good to Zion,
build Jerusalem up again.
Then you will again be pleased with our gifts,
bulls will be offered and burnt on your altar.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 9:57-62 First Week & Second Week

Hymn as on Sunday

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call; my rock be not deaf to me,
lest if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my supplication,
as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Take me not off with the wicked,
with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours
while mischief is in their hearts.
Requite them according to their work,
and according to the evil of their deeds.
Requite them according to the work of their hands,
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord!
for he has heard the voice of my supplications.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

Psalm 142

I am crying out, I cry to God -
O God, I implore you and beg for mercy.

I pour out my troubles before his eyes,
I pour out my whole heart to him.

I can go no further, I am out of breath -
but you, you know a way out for me.
They have set traps and snares on my way,
whichever way I turn, no friend,
no friend for me, no refuge any more,
no one who cares for me in the least.

I cried out to you, O God, I called:
my refuge, you, my all in this life.

But listen then, I am almost dead,
save me then, they are after me, they are too much for me.
They are hemming me in,
God, get me out of this,
and I will show you how grateful I am.
And all your friends will wish me joy,
because you have been good to me.

Silent prayer, collect and concluding prayers as on Sunday

Reading Luke 14: 7-11 First Week
Luke 14:25-27 Second Week