Today's Psalms

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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This week’s scripture reading is from the book of Ephesians. In it, Saint Paul promises us that God “has blessed us, in Christ, with every blessing of the spirit in the heavens,” and that before creation he chose us to be the blameless ones. If we trust in him, we have the right (and the joy) to praise him in his glory.

This week’s psalm, which is a psalm of mercy, redemption and praise, is the start of Psalm 119. “I will praise you with a pure heart when I learn about your righteous judgments,” says the psalmist. “I will keep your commands.”

The praise of God is also evident in our song, “Let all the world in every corner sing” (with words by George Herbert) which is a gentle setting of words which are triumphant.

Transcript

Introductory Prayer

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

Song

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

Opening Antiphon

Your justice, O Lord, will rain down on us when the Kingdom comes.
Your love will surround us, O Lord, when the Kingdom comes.
We will always be praising your name and rejoicing in you when your Kingdom comes.
Lord, make us the instruments of your coming Kingdom. Be with us

Psalm 119 (1-16)
I will follow your laws, I will learn what you want me to do. Blessed are those who do such things
Happy are those who are clean and flawless – those who follow his laws.
Happy are those who keep his word, and who seek him with their whole heart.
As, too, are those who do no wrong – they walk in his ways.
You have told us to keep your decrees with care;
O, that I was able to keep your directives –
Then I would not be ashamed when I study your commandments.
I will praise you with a pure heart when I learn about your righteous judgments.
I will keep your commands – O do leave me completely alone.
How can a young man make sure that he is doing the correct thing? By heeding your word.
I have sought you with my whole heart; do not allow me to wander from your commandents.
I have hidden your word in my heart, so that I don’t sin against you.
You are blessed and holy: teach me your laws.
I have declared in my own voice all the judgments you have spoken;
I have rejoiced in following your words, as much as I have rejoiced in wealth.
I will ponder on your ideas, and meditate on your ways.
I will delight in your laws; I will not forget the things you have said.
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 follow your laws, I will learn what you want me to do. Blessed are those who do such things

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
May the God, who is also the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, be blessed! He has blessed us, in Christ, with every blessing of the spirit in the heavens. He chose us, before the world was created, to be holy and blameless in ourselves before him; so also, in love, he has seen to it that we can become, through Jesus Christ, his own adopted children as and when he wishes; so that we can praise his glorious grace which he has so freely passed on to us in the Beloved One. Through the blood of that same Beloved One we have been saved, and our sins forgiven, by the riches of the grace which he has lavished on us in all wisdom and understanding.

He was happy to reveal to us the mystery of his will which he intended, through Christ, to put into action when the time was right, bringing all things together in Christ – things in heaven and things on earth. In this way, as it was predistined that all things should work through him as he willed them, we have obtained our inheritance. So we have the right to praise His glory, since we are the ones who trust in Christ, from whom you have heard the word of truth – the Gospel of your salvation. And since you believed in him you have been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who guarantees that we will gain that inheritance – that salvation – through his praise and glory.

Canticle: The Magnificat

So we have the right to praise his glory, since we are the ones who trust in Christ, from whom you have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of salvation. 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.
So we have the right to praise his glory, since we are the ones who trust in Christ, from whom you have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of salvation. Alleluia

The Prayers

We pray for the church, that it may follow the Way, the Truth and the Life which Jesus set us by his example. May we, the people of the church, be an example to the world; may we model the Kingdom of God
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the world and its resources. When those resources are stretched, give us the strength to share; give us the grace to go without; give us the understanding that will uncover new uses for what we already have
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for ourselves, that we may be ready in the coming week to be the Inheritors of God\’s promise; to be the adopted ones in Christ; to be blessing which the world so deeply desires
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the poor, the hungry, the homeless; for the sick and the dying; for the refugees and those who have lost everything. May they find the riches, the comfort and the healing of God in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
As one community, we ask you Lord

We pray for the dead, that they may find God\’s heavenly home open to them, and that they may spend the beauty of eternity in his praise
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