Today's Psalms

15th Sunday after Pentecost

This week’s service for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost is a celebration of God’s goodness in providing what we, his people, need. It is a time of harvest and sowing in different parts of the world, as the seasons turn; it is fitting that we thank him and ask for his continued blessings.

The psalm this week is Psalm 149, a great hymn of praise which calls on us to worship God in music and dance, along with saints, and to ask for his mercy and justice.

The Canticle is the Benedictus and our song – also based on a psalm – is ‘Send forth your Spirit’, a timely reminder that it was the Spirit which oversaw creation, giving food for the cattle and trees for the birds.

The reading, from the book of Deuteronomy, contains instructions to the ancient Hebrews on how to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Seven days after you have gathered the harvest, God tells them, you should observe the feast with rich and poor alike.

Transcript

Introductory Prayer

May the Lord open our minds, hearts and mouths to sing and speak his praise. Alleluia. Amen.

Opening Antiphon

The cup of goodness, which the Lord provides, is a cup which eternally runs over. Like a stream that flows down a mountain, it grows and gains majesty and wealth as it passes; its people rely on it for nourishment and refreshment. The Lord will always provide. Blessed be his name

Song: Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth

Psalm 149

Sing aloud to God! Let us who walk with him carry his praise always on our lips. Alleluia
Sing praise to God, sing it in a new song! Sing his praise among the saints!
Let God’s people rejoice, let their children delight in God their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing, and with drums, with instruments. Make music to him!
For God takes pleasure in his people; He will beautify the humble when he saves them.
Let the saints be joyful – let them sing aloud from their beds!
Let the praise of God be on their lips, and a two-edged sword in their hand,
So that they may carry out God’s justice on the nations of the world; and carry out his sentence on all races.
To bind their leaders with chains, and their aristocrats with strong ties,
To carry out the established judgement – that is the glory which his saints enjoy. Alleluia
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
Sing aloud to God! Let us who walk with him carry his praise always on our lips. Alleluia

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 16:13-15

You should observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days after you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you will rejoice in your celebration of the feast, you, your children, your servants, the priest and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your house. You shall keep the sacred Feast of your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all that you produce and in the work that you do, so that you will surely rejoice.

Canticle: The Benedictus

God opens his hand and the world provides. Alleluia
Blessed is the Lord, the God of his holy people, who has come to them and paid their debts.
He has raised a sign of his saving grace in the house of his servant David,
As he said he would, through the words of his holy prophets through all time,
To guard us from our enemies and from the threats of all those who are against us.
He has sworn to do works of mercy to our ancestors, and to remember his promises.
That was an oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
That without fear, and freed from the hands of our enemies, we might serve him
In holiness and justice throughout our whole lives.
And you, child – you will be called a prophet of the most high, because you will go ahead of the Lord, to prepare a way for him,
And to pass on the knowledge of his saving acts for his people by forgiving their sins.
Through the workings of his mercy, which he has sent us, he will rise from his highest heaven,
and will shine on those who walk in darkness and in the shadow of death, directing their feet in the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it is, always has been and always will be, through the infinite ages. Amen.
God opens his hand and the world provides. Alleluia

The Prayers

We give the Lord thanks for the food which the earth provides. May we, in our thanks, learn to share it. May those who lack food be given more. May those who control the production of food understand that it should be for the good of all
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the church in its mission to the world. For those who take the Word to the world – may their harvest be rich and abundant
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for those who live in fear. In fear of violence, in fear of poverty, in fear of loneliness, in fear of death. Lord of All, give them strength and faith. Be with them, guard them; give them hope for the future
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry and the refugee. We pray for all those who have called on our help in the past week; we pray for all those whose plight we will hear about in the coming week. May we, as our calling as your people, do all we can, with Christ’s help, to aid them
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the dead, who have gone before us into the home to which we all aspire, where a heavenly abundance of riches will be ours for the whole of eternity
As one community, we ask you Lord

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
Amen

May the Lord keep us day and night in his care, safe in the hope of eternal joy. Amen