Daily Office for Our Times

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Redeeming the Soul of the World Through Love and Prayer

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Third Wednesday of Easter

Theme for Wednesday: Governance

We offer our worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who is our true ruler and we offer our prayers for all people who suffer from tyrants, political oppression, and streets of violence, and we pray for the courage to walk the way of love and bring your kingdom to this earth as it is in heaven.

Sentence for the Week

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, "To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" Revelation 5:13

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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

Venite   Psalm 95:1-7

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Come, let us sing to our God;*

let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before God's presence with thanksgiving*

and raise a loud shout to God with psalms.

For our God is a great God,*

and a great Ruler above all gods.

In your hand are the caverns of the earth,*

and the heights of the hills are yours also.

The sea is yours, for you made it,*

and your hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,*

and kneel before God our Maker.

For you are our God, and we are the people of your pasture, the sheep of your hand.*

Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

The Psalm Appointed

Psalm 38 Domine, ne in furore

O God, do not rebuke me in your anger;*

do not punish me in your wrath.

For your arrows have already pierced me,*

and your hand presses hard upon me.

There is no health in my flesh because of your indignation;*

there is no soundness in my body because of my sin.

For my iniquities overwhelm me;*

like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.

My wounds stink and fester*

by reason of my foolishness.

I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;*

I go about in mourning all the day long.

My loins are filled with searing pain;*

there is no health in my body.

I am utterly numb and crushed;*

I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.

O God, you know all my desires,*

and my sighing is not hidden from you.

My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me,*

and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.

My friends and companions draw back from my affliction;*

my neighbors stand afar off. Those who seek after my life lay snares for me;*

those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.

But I am like the deaf who do not hear,*

like those who are mute and do not open their mouth.

I have become like one who does not hear*

and from whose mouth comes no defense.

For in you, O God, have I fixed my hope;*

you will answer me, O my God.

For I said, "Do not let them rejoice at my expense,*

those who gloat over me when my foot slips."

Truly, I am on the verge of falling,*

and my pain is always with me.

I will confess my iniquity*

and be sorry for my sin.

Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty,*

and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.

Those who repay evil for good slander me,*

because I follow the course that is right.

O Holy One, do not forsake me;*

be not far from me, O my God.

Make haste to help me,*

O God of my salvation.

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 Exodus 19:16-25

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently. As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people not to break through to the Lord to look; otherwise many of them will perish. Even the priests who approach the Lord must consecrate themselves or the Lord will break out against them.” Moses said to the Lord, “The people are not permitted to come up to Mount Sinai; for you yourself warned us, saying, ‘Set limits around the mountain and keep it holy.’” The Lord said to him, “Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you; but do not let either the priests or the people break through to come up to the Lord; otherwise he will break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and told them.

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 Ezekiel   Ezekiel 36:24-28

I will take you from among all nations;*

and gather you from all lands to bring you home.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you;*

and purify you from false gods and uncleanness.

A new heart I will give you*

and a new spirit put within you.

I will take the stone heart from your chest*

and give you a heart of flesh.

I will help you walk in my laws*

and cherish my commandments and do them.

You shall be my people,*

and I will be your 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 Colossians 1:15-23

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him—provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

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 Priestly Call 1 Peter 2:4-10

Come to him, a living stone,

though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight.

Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood,

to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious;

and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.

To you then who believe, he is precious;

The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people,

in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people;

once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the Diocese

Collect for Governance

As we remember Jesus the Ruler of Rulers and Soveriegn of all who came as a servant leader we pray for the President, Congress, Senate and Supreme Court, and for all elected or appointed to positions of public trust that they serve justly and promote the dignity and freedom of every person. We remember people who live lives of terror because of political oppression and pray that people of goodwill will rise up and stand with the oppressed and pursue justice for all. Amen.

Prayers for People Engaged in Political Oppression Ministries


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 serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Grace and peace to you from God who is, and who was, and who is to come and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Amen. Revelation 1:4-5a

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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