Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
~ Psalm 43:3
Heavenly Lord, you have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask you to renew my heart with your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel your presence in my soul. Take my hand, precious Lord, for I cannot make it by myself. Through Christ I pray and live, Amen.
Confession and Forgiveness
Almighty Father; we enter your presence confessing the things we try to conceal from you and the things we try to conceal from others. We confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow we have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive us, the times we have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm we have done that makes it hard for us to forgive ourselves. Lord have mercy and forgive us through Christ. Amen.
~ Baker’s Worship Handbook
The First Reading is taken from 2 Samuel 18:19-23
[David Hears of Absalom’s Death]
Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, "Let me run, and carry tidings to the king that the LORD has delivered him from the power of his enemies." Joab said to him, "You are not to carry tidings today; you may carry tidings another day, but today you shall not do so, because the king's son is dead." Then Joab said to a Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen." The Cushite bowed before Joab, and ran. Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said again to Joab, "Come what may, let me also run after the Cushite." And Joab said, "Why will you run, my son, seeing that you have no reward for the tidings?" "Come what may," he said, "I will run." So he said to him, "Run." Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite.
The Second Reading is taken from Acts 23:23-35
[Paul Sent to Felix the Governor]
Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, "Get ready to leave by nine o'clock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor." He wrote a letter to this effect: "Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the guard and rescued him. Since I wanted to know the charge for which they accused him, I had him brought to their council. I found that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him. " So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him during the night to Antipatris. The next day they let the horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. On reading the letter, he asked what province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia, he said, "I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive." Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod's headquarters.
The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 12:13-27
[The Question about Paying Taxes]
Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it." And they brought one. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Jesus said to them, "Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were utterly amazed at him.
[The Question about the Resurrection]
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her." Jesus said to them, "Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong."
Psalm 119:145-152 Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145 I call with my whole heart; answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; oh, that you would save me! I will keep your decrees.
147 Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust.
148 My eyes are open in the night watches, that I may meditate upon your promise.
149 Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; according to your judgments, give me life.
150 They draw near who in malice persecute me; they are very far from your law.
151 You, O LORD, are near at hand, and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them for ever.
Psalm 119:153-160 Resh Vide humilitatem
153 Behold my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; according to your promise, give me life.
155 Deliverance is far from the wicked, for they do not study your statutes.
156 Great is your compassion, O LORD; preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157 There are many who persecute and oppress me, yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158 I look with loathing at the faithless, for they have not kept your word.
159 See how I love your commandments! O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160 The heart of your word is truth; all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.
Psalm 119:161-168 Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161 Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162 I am as glad because of your promise as one who finds great spoils.
163 As for lies, I hate and abhor them, but your law is my love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise you, because of your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they who love your law; for them there is no stumbling block.
166 I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, and have fulfilled your commandments.
167 I have kept your decrees and I have loved them deeply.
168 I have kept your commandments and decrees, for all my ways are before you.
Psalm 119:169-176 Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169 Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding, according to your word.
170 Let my supplication come before you; deliver me, according to your promise.
171 My lips shall pour forth your praise, when you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue shall sing of your promise, for all your commandments are righteous.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your commandments.
174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise you, and let your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
Psalm 128 Beati omnes
1 Happy are they all who fear the LORD, and who follow in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of your labor; happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4 The man who fears the LORD shall thus indeed be blessed.
5 The LORD bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 May you live to see your children's children; may peace be upon Israel.
Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt
1 Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, let Israel now say;
2 Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", but they have not prevailed against me."
3 The plowmen plowed upon my back and made their furrows long.
4 The LORD, the Righteous One, has cut the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them be put to shame and thrown back, all those who are enemies of Zion.
6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it can be plucked;
7 Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8 So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."
Psalm 130 De profundis
1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2 If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, O LORD, who could stand?
3 For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.
4 I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
5 My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
6 O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy;
7 With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayer of the Day
O God, who orders all things in heaven and earth: Help me to go about the tasks and duties of this day with the remembrance that I am your servant therein. Make me honest, painstaking, and cheerful, and grant that all I do and say may bring good to others and glory to your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Prayer for Renewal
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant me and my fellow saints so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection. Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that all Christendom, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Prayer for Mission
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
There is a Fountain
Alleluia! Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed. Alleluia!
Christ has risen indeed. Alleluia!
The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day and evermore. Amen.
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