Today's Psalms

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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This week we explore more of Jesus’ teaching, with the passage from John’s Gospel in which Jesus explains that he is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”.

The dialogue in the Gospel begins with Jesus telling the disciples that he will be going to prepare a room for them – indeed, for all of us – in his father’s house. We know, he says, how to get there.

Thomas challenges this. How can we know the the way there? “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” Jesus answers. Knowing him is all that is needed.

Our psalm and Opening Antiphon reflect on this. Knowing the way is one thing, but it also needs to be illuminated, so that we are sure that we are staying on the right path. So as well as the Way, the Lord is also our light. Through all the hardships, uncertainties and joys of life, God will shed his light.

And to set out on that road, to walk it properly, God requires purity of heart. And God promises that we can find that purity through his forgiveness – so we sing, in the song River of God, that God’s love, like the river, will flow over us and wash clean of sin. May we walk the Way, in Truth, with Christ who is the Life of the world.

This week’s Service – the Words

Introductory Prayer

Day and night, awake and sleeping, healthy or tired, may I praise the Lord’s name. Alleluia. Amen

Opening Antiphon

In the light of the Lord I spend my days. I revel in the heat of the sun, I flourish in his warmth. I see clearly in the midday brightness; the way of justice and right is starkly apparent.

May those who live in darkness and in the chill leave me. May God be at my side for ever

Song: River of God

River of God, flow over me. Wash me and cleanse me and keep me free from sin.

River of God, flow over me. Make me clean.

Psalm 27

Wait for the Lord. Be courageous, and he will make your heart strong

The Lord is my light, and he is my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strongpoint in my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked ones came up against me, to devour my flesh, and my enemies and foes came to attack me, they stumbled and fell.

Even if a whole army comes to surround me, I will not fear. Though my heart rises in my mouth, I will be confident in this fight.

I have wanted one thing from the Lord, and actively I seek it: that I might dwell in the Lord’s house all my life; to admire the Lord’s beauty and to be an inquirer in his temple.

For he will hide me in his tents; when I am troubled he will keep me in his holy tabernacle. He will set me high upon a rock.

Now I can raise my head above my enemies who are all around me, and I will offer joyful sacrifices in his tabernacle; I will sing – yes, I will sing praises – to the Lord.

Hear my voice, Lord, when I call to you. Have mercy on me and answer when I cry to you.

My heart has spoken about you: “Seek his face”. I will seek your face, O Lord.

Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger. I am your servant. You have been my help. Do not leave me, do not desert me, O God who saves me.

Even when my parents desert me, the Lord will take care of me.

Lord, teach me your way and lead me in a path smoothed out because of my enemies.

Do not hand me over into the hands of my enemies, for false witnesses have risen against me: they breathe violence and hatred.

If I had not believed, I would not have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord. Be courageous, and he will make your heart strong. Wait for the Lord…

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.

Wait for the Lord. Be courageous, and he will make your heart strong.

Scripture Reading – John 14: 1-7

Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be worried. Believe in God, and believe in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house – if there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, you may also be. You know how to get to the place to which I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me. If you had known me, you would also have known my Father. From now on you do know him, and you have seen him.

Canticle: The Magnificat

I am the way, the truth and the life. Anyone who trusts in me will never die. Alleluia

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 am the way, the truth and the life. Anyone who trusts in me will never die. Alleluia

The Prayers

We pray for our world. We pray for its leaders and peoples; for its young and its old. May its leaders govern in fairness and truth, for the good of all; may its peoples share its abundant, God-given resources fairly. May the young learn from the old, to move knowledge and civilisation forward
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the church in that world. May we, the people of the church, never cease to work for equality between people and races; to search for justice for all; to bring about the Kingdom of God. May we show the Way, the Truth and the Life to the world.
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for those who are finding current situations difficult. Whether due to the pandemic and its restrictions and concerns; whether it is because of climate change and its effects; whether because of globalisation or economic reasons; may they all know that God will lead, guide and strengthen them through al
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the sick. Those whose sickness confines them to home or to bed; those for whom sickness brings uncertainty; those for whom death seems imminent. Lord, comfort them, and in their own appropriate way, heal and support them – through the ministrations of your people on earth
Lord, in our hearts we pray

We pray for the dead. May they, through your great love, inherit their place in that heavenly house which has rooms for all, and there may they share the eternal banquet set out for all who have lived their earthly life in integrity and truth
Lord, in our hearts we pray

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