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Friday of Ordinary Time, Proper 9

Theme for Friday: Forgiveness

With deep gratitude for God’s compassion in which we live and move and have our being, we pray that we would have Christ's compassion and courage in our heats so that we can love and forgive our neighbors and ourselves.

Sentence for the Week

For the same God who said, 'Out of darkness let light shine,' has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

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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

A Song of Penitence   Kyrie Pantokrator

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven,*

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all their righteous offspring:

You made the heavens and the earth,*

with all their vast array.

All things quake with fear at your presence;*

they tremble because of your power.

But your merciful promise is beyond all measure;*

it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O Lord, you are full of compassion,*

long suffering, and abounding in mercy.

You hold back your hand;*

you do not punish as we deserve.

In your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners,*

that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart,*

and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.

I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned,*

and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to you:*

Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.

Do not let me perish in my sin,*

nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.

For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent,*

and in me you will show forth your goodness.

Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy,*

and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.

For all the powers of heaven sing your praises,*

and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

The Psalm Appointed

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meus

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,*

and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer;*

by night as well, but I find no rest.

Yet you are the Holy One,*

enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

Our forebears put their trust in you;*

they trusted, and you delivered them.

They cried out to you and were delivered;*

they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

But as for me, I am a worm, and less than human,*

scorned by all and despised by the people.

All who see me laugh me to scorn;*

they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

"You trusted in God for deliverance;*

let God rescue you, if God delights in you."

Yet you, O God, are the one who took me out of the womb*

and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.

I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born;*

you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.

Be not far from me, for trouble is near,*

and there is none to help.

Many young bulls encircle me;*

strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

They open wide their jaws at me,*

like a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint;*

my heart within my breast is melting wax.

My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth,*

and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me;*

they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.

They stare and gloat over me;*

they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.

Be not far away, O God;*

you are my strength; hasten to help me.

Save me from the sword,*

my life from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion's mouth,*

my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.

I will declare your Name to my people;*

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

May all who fear you, O God, give praise;*

may the offspring of Israel stand in awe, and all of Jacob's line give glory.

For you do not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty, neither do you hide your face from them,*

but when they cry to you, you hear them.

My praise is of you in the great assembly;*

I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek you shall praise you:*

"May your heart live for ever!"

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to you,*

and all the families of the nations shall bow before you.

For yours is the royal power, O God;*

you rule over the nations.

To you alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;*

all who go down to the dust fall before you.

My soul shall live for you; my descendants shall serve you;*

they shall be known as yours for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn*

the saving deeds that you have done.

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 24:15-31

Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Take note, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

“Immediately after the suffering of those days

the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from heaven,
and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

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 Second Song of Isaiah Quaerite Dominum Isaiah 55:6 11

Seek the Lord while he wills to be found;*

call upon him when he draws near.

Let the wicked forsake their ways*

and the evil ones their thoughts;

And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion,*

and to our God, for he will richly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,*

nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,*

so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens*

and return not again, but water the earth,

Bringing forth life and giving growth,*

seed for sowing and bread for eating,

So is my word that goes forth from my mouth;*

it will not return to me empty;

But it will accomplish that which I have purposed,*

and prosper in that for which I sent it.

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

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for the Diocese

Collect for Forgiveness

Loving God in whom is heaven, we remember and live in the presence of your son Jesus who is the living proof that you love and forgive us. As we hear his cry from the cross, "Father forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing," we pray that you would help us cleanse our hearts of resentment toward people who have hurt and betrayed us. And help us forgive ourselves, so that we can truly love our neighbors and ourselves and grow into the full expression of your love here on earth that you intended us to be in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers for People Engaged in Compassion Ministries

We pray for people entrusted with the care and nurture of souls, for psychologists, social workers, counselors, spiritual directors, and clergy, that they all will be wise and loving agents of God's healing and transformation.
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

Walk in love with Christ's courage and compassion in your hearts.

Thanks be to God.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Amen. John 14:27

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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