Today's Psalms

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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This week’s service focuses on praise – the praise of God despite hardship.

Our psalm – Psalm 105 – talks about the ancient Israelites praising God for the good things he had promised them even while they were in the wilderness, very few in number and ‘strangers in that land’.

Our Opening Antiphon equally talks about the way in which we can praise God in beautifully crafted phrases as well as whispers.

In our reading the prophet Jeremiah talks about how people were always jeering, waiting for him to fail. But he finishes with the exhortation to ‘Sing to the Lord’.

You can read the full transcript of the service here:

Introductory Prayer

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

Song

King of Glory, King of Peace…

Opening Antiphon

Let us cry out to the Lord in words of praise and glory. Let us shout out his name with beautifully crafted phrases. May we call on him with shades of meaning he will understand; whisper to him with words meant for his ears only. May our words be true and clear: praise to our God

Psalm 105 (1-15)

You will become blameless and pure. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Alleluia

O give thanks to the Lord. Call on his name. Tell all peoples and nations about the things he has done!

Sing to him. Make songs to him. Talk of all his wonderful works!

Glory in his holy name. Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength; always look for his face in all things.

Remember the marvellous things he has done; remember his judgments, and the words he has spoken.

Remember them, you children of his servant Abraham, and you chosen descendants of Jacob.

The Lord is our God; his judgments go out across the whole earth.

He remembers his promise through all ages – the things he commanded for a thousand generations,

The promise which he made to Abraham, and his oath to Isaac

Which he confirmed to Jacob and which became a law, as well as a promise, to his people.

He said: “I will give you the promised land as part of your heritage”

Even when they were very few in number, and strangers in that land.

And they wandered from one country to another, from nation to nation.

But he allowed no one to harm them; for their wellbeing he rebuked kings,

Saying “Do not touch my chosen ones; do no harm to my prophets”

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.

You will become blameless and pure. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Alleluia

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13

I heard many people jeering: “Terror comes from every direction!”, they say – and they will continue to say it. All those who knew me watched to see if I faltered: “Perhaps,” they said, “Perhaps he can be tempted, in which case we can overcome him and take our revenge!”

But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome presence. Those who are against me will falter, and will be overcome. They will be ashamed when they fail to prosper; they will never forget their eternal disgrace.

But, O Lord of Hosts, you who test even those who are good, you who can see into the hearts and minds of all, let me see your revenge come upon them. I have argued my case before you.

Sing to the Lord! Praise him! He has delivered the life of the poor from the hands of the wicked.

Canticle: The Magnificat

I will sing to the Lord, for he has delivered me

My soul magnifies the Lord’s greatness, and my spirit rises within me at the thought of God my Saviour.

As he has seen the humility of his servant, so future generations will all call me blessed.

Glorious and powerful, he has made me stronger: and his name is holy.

Never-ending mercies fall on all who fear him.

In his strength he has wielded strength; he has undone the proud through their own self-importance.

From their seats of power the mighty have been thrown; he has lifted the humble.

In his goodness he has given food to the hungry; cowering, the rich have been sent away with nothing.

All his people, from ancient times, have been supported by him: that was the promise he made to Abraham, and all our ancestors, for ever.

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.

I will sing to the Lord, for he has delivered me

The Prayers

We pray for our planet, that we – its inhabitants and guardians – might keep it safe and ready to be passed on to future generations in its full beauty and glory. May its resources continue to support all humankind
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for equality for all. Regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, age, ability may we recognise that all have a right to be treated fairly, with opportunities and rewards to match
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for ourselves, that we may continue to grow in faith and love, in strength and conviction, praising your name and giving you the glory, and telling of your wonders around the world
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the sick, especially those we know, but also for those whom we do not know. May the healing hand of your Son be upon them; may the comfort of the Spirit surround them, and may your Love be their constant strength
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the dead, who have passed from our earthly home into that great heavenly kingdom where, with the angels and holy men and women from time past, they may forever praise your name at the eternal banquet set out for all
Lord, in our hearts we pray

The Lord’s Prayer

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