1 How long will you forget me, O Lord;
for ever? •
How long will you hide your face
2 How long shall I have anguish in my
and grief in my
heart, day after day? •
How long shall my enemy triumph
3 Look upon me and answer, O Lord my
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in
4 Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed
against him,’ •
and my foes rejoice that I have
5 But I put my trust in your steadfast
my heart will rejoice in your
6 I will sing to the Lord, •
for he has dealt so bountifully
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our
hearts whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your
that we and all creation may be brought to the
glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to
him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only
son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as
a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham
rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men
with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set
out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third
day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his
young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we
will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the
burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire
and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father
Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the
wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God
himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them
walked on together.
When they came to the place that God had
shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound
his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham
reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the
Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said,
‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him;
for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your
only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket
by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a
burnt-offering instead of his son.So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord
will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be
Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion
in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present
your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God
as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to
God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you,
since you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Should we sin because we are not
under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present
yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you
obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to
righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin,
have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were
entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of
righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural
limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity
and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to
righteousness for sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free
in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the
things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But
now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you
get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and
whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet
in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes
a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of
the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose
Reading pp 32-33 The Book of God.
We Believe in God the Father.
Heavenly Father, how difficult it can be to make space to be silent and to find the solitude to be still, and yet it is in silence and stillness that we hear your voice calling to us to look for you in this wonderful world that you have created, and to listen to you speaking deep within each of us. You are not to be heard in the hurricane, nor in the earthquake or fire, but in the still small voice of calm.
All-powerful God, help us to listen for the sound of your voice. May we answer when you call, responding eagerly to do your will and proclaim your good news.
Loving Father, we long to be with you, to be in your presence. In our pilgrimage on earth, may we never lose sight of you and may we draw ever closer to you. Give us the strength each day to stand back and dedicate some time solely to you.
Dear God, your Son accepted our sufferings and taught us the virtue of patience in human illness, hear the prayers we offer for those who are sick. May all who suffer pain, illness or disease and all those who tend and care for them, know that they are joined to Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.