• Opening Sentence
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2
• Collect of the Day ~ Proper 11
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
• A Collect for Aid against Perils
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
• For Mission
O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
• For Towns and Rural Areas
Lord Christ, when you came among us, you proclaimed the kingdom of God in villages, towns, and lonely places: Grant that your presence and power may be known throughout this land. Have mercy upon all of us who live and work in rural areas; and grant that all the people of our nation may give thanks to you for food and drink and all other bodily necessities of life, respect those who labor to produce them, and honor the land and the water from which these good things come. All this we ask in your holy Name. Amen.
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Great is the Lord - a setting of Psalm 48 by Edward Elgar
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God,
in the mountain of His holiness;
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,
is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
God hath made himself known in her palaces for a refuge.
For, lo! the kings assembled themselves, they passed by together.
They saw, then were they amazed; they were dismayed, they hasted away.
Trembling took hold of them there, pain as ofo a woman in travail;
as with the east wind that breaketh the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.
We have thought on Thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of Thy temple.
As is Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise undo the ends of the earth;
Thy right hand is full of righteousness.
Let mount Zion be glad, let the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of Thy judgments.
Walk about Zion and go round about her, tell the towers thereof.
Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces,
that ye may tell it to the generation following.
For this God is our God for ever and ever;
He will be our guide even unto death: