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Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

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 Week

If I say, 'Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,' darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10-11

Confession of Sin

Beloved in God, as we pause to reflect and enter God's presence, let us remember that the gate to error and destruction is wide.

Sometimes we have passed freely through it with our eyes wide open, other times we have wandered through with the crowd without realizing the end that awaits us, and at other times we passed through the gate as we journeyed in ignornace of where our path would take us.

And let us also remember that the gate to life is narrow, but Jesus invites us in and we can see the gate and path have been made wide by God's love and mercy.

As we enter into God's presence today, let us acknowledge, confess, and set down our burden of failure to be God's love in the world.

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

God the Creator forgives us.
God the Christ heals and restores us,
God the Spirit empowers our hearts to love courageously.
Enfolded in Christ let us approach our God in peace. Amen.

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

The First Song of Isaiah   Ecce, Deus. Isaiah 12:2 6

Surely, it is God who saves me;*

I will trust in God and not be afraid.

For God is my stronghold and my sure defense,*

and God will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing*

from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say,*

Give thanks to God and call upon God's Name;

Make God's deeds known among the peoples;*

see that they remember that God's Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of God, for God has done great things,*

and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,*

for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

The Psalms Appointed

Psalm 47 Omnes gentes, plaudite

Clap your hands, all you peoples;*

shout to God with a cry of joy.

For God Most High is to be feared;*

God is the great Sovereign over all the earth. God subdues the peoples under us*

and the nations under our feet.

God chooses our inheritance for us,*

the pride of Jacob whom God loves.

God has gone up with a shout,*

the Most High with the sound of the ram's-horn.

Sing praises to God, sing praises;*

sing praises to our Sovereign, sing praises.

For God is Sovereign over all the earth;*

sing praises with all your skill.

God reigns over the nations;*

God sits upon the holy throne.

The nobles of the peoples have gathered together*

with the people of the God of Abraham.

The rulers of the earth belong to God,*

who is highly exalted.

Psalm 48 Magnus Dominus

God is great and highly to be praised;*

in the city of our God is the holy hill.

Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion,*

the very center of the world and the city of the great Sovereign.

God is in its citadels;*

God is known to be its sure refuge.

Behold, the monarchs of the earth assembled*

and marched forward together.

They looked and were astounded;*

they retreated and fled in terror.

Trembling seized them there;*

they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.

As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the God of hosts, in the city of our God;*

God has established it for ever.

We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God,*

in the midst of your temple.

Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end;*

your right hand is full of justice.

Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice,*

because of your judgments.

Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about it;*

count the number of its towers.

Consider well its bulwarks; examine its strongholds,*

-that you may tell those who come after:

This God is our God for ever and ever*

and shall be our guide for evermore.

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 Mark 1:14-28

After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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

Rich In Mercy Ephesians 2:4-7; 3:20, 21

You O God are rich in mercy:*

out of the great love with which you loved us.

Even when we were dead through our sins:*

you made us alive together with Christ.

You raised us up in union with him:*

and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

So that you might show the immeasurable riches of your grace:*

in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

By your Spirit at work within us;*

you do far more abundantly than all we ask or think.

To you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus:*

through all generations for ever and 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

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the Diocese

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.

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

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 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