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Versicle

God said: “Let there be light”; and there was light,
And God saw that the light was good.
This very day the Lord has acted.
May God’s Name be praised. 

Venite [Psalm 95]

Come, let us raise a joyful song,
a shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
singing songs of triumph.
For You are a great God, a great king over all gods.
The depths of the earth are in Your hands; mountains belong to You.
The sea is Yours, for You made it;
and the dry land Your hands fashioned.
Let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the One who made us.
For You are our God, and we are the flock that You shepherd.
We will know Your power and presence this day,
if we will but listen for Your voice.

Collect of the Season [A Collect for Pentecost]

You opened Your Way to every race and to every nation,
by the promised gift of Your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this power throughout the world, by the preaching of the Gospel,
that it may reach to the ends of the earth...

Collect of the Office [A Collect for Morning Prayer]

Drive far from us all wrong desires,
and incline our hearts to keep Your ways:
Grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day,
we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks;
through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Canticle: Benedictus [Zechariah's Song]

Blessed be God, who has turned to His people and saved us and set us free.
You have raised up for us a strong deliverer, and so You promised:
Age after age You proclaimed by the lips of Your holy prophets,
that You would deliver us, calling to mind Your solemn covenant.
This was the promise that You made: To rescue us and free us from fear,
so that we might worship You with a holy worship,
in Your holy presence our whole life long.
In Your tender compassion, the morning sun has risen upon us –
to shine on us in our darkness, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.

Canticle of the Day [A Song of God’s Love from the First Letter of John]

Let us love one another,
because God is the source of all love.

Every one who loves is Your child and knows You,
but the unloving know nothing, for You are love.
This is the way that love was shown among us:
The Divine One was sent into the world
that we might have Your life though Him.

This is what love really is:
Not that we have loved You,
but that You have loved us,
and sent a sacrifice to atone for our sins.
If You thus have loved us, then we must also love one another.

You have never been seen by anyone,
but if we love one another, then You dwell in us,
and Your love is brought to perfection within us. [A]

Psalter [Psalm 119]

vv.33-40: Teach us Your statutes; we shall keep them to the end.

Grant us understanding, and we shall keep Your law with all our heart.
Make us to go in the way of Your commandments, for that is our desire.
Incline our hearts to Your decrees, and not to unjust gain.
Turn our eyes from wanting what is worthless; grant us life in Your ways.
Fulfill Your promise to Your servants, we pray, to those who fear Your Name.
Turn away the reproach we dread, because Your judgements are good.
We long for Your commandments; in Your righteousness, preserve our life. [A]


vv.41-48: Let Your loving kindness come to us, and your salvation.

Do not take the word of truth from us, for our hope is in Your judgements.
We shall continue to keep Your law; we shall keep it forever and ever.
We shall walk at liberty, because we study Your commandments.
We shall tell of Your decrees before others, and will not be ashamed.
We delight in Your commandments, which we have always loved.
We lift our hands to them, and meditate on Your ways. [A]


vv.49-56: Remember Your Word to us, because You give us hope.

This is our comfort in our trouble: that Your promise gives us life.
When we remember Your judgements of old, we take great comfort.
Your statutes have been like songs to us, wherever we are strangers.
We remember Your Name in the night, and dwell upon Your law.
This is how it has been with us, because we have kept Your ways. [A]


vv.57-64: You only are our portion, we promise to keep Your Word.

We entreat You with all our hearts, be merciful according to Your promise.
We have considered our ways and turned our feet toward Your decrees.
We hasten, and do not tarry, to keep Your commandments.
Though the cords of wickedness entangle us, we do not forget Your law.
At midnight, we rise to give our thanks, because of Your righteous judgements.
We are companions of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your ways.
The earth is full of Your love; instruct us in Your Word. [A]


vv.65-72: You deal graciously with us according to Your Word.

Teach us discernment and knowledge, for we believe in Your ways.
Before we were afflicted we went astray, but now we keep Your Word.
You are good and You bring forth good; instruct us in Your ways.
Our delight is in Your law; we will keep Your commandments.
It is good for us that have been afflicted, that we might learn Your truth.
The law of Your mouth is dearer to us than gold and silver. [A]

Gospel

The blind cannot lead the blind.

Do not become like those
who love to be greeted in the marketplace by everyone,
and be seated first in the congregation
and be served before everyone else at the feast.
They are the ones who load everyone else with burdens
and do not lift a finger to help.

They are the ones who take away the keys of knowledge,
but do not even enter the door themselves.
Then they hinder those who seek to open the door.
Occasions for sin are bound to come for us all.
But it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea
than for you to be one who causes another to stumble.

Do not follow their practice,
for they say one thing and then do another.
They pay lip service to God but their heart is far away
and their worship is in vain.
It is not what goes into the mouth
that makes for purity or impurity.
Purity or impurity is defined by what comes out.

They neglect the commandments of God,
forsaking them for the traditions of men.
It makes God’s word null and void.
They overlook the weightier demands of the Law––
justice and mercy and peace.
They strain at a gnat and then swallow a camel.

This is the way of the kingdom–
Can a blind man lead another blind man?
Will they not both fall into the ditch?

If they knew they were blind, I tell you,
then they would not be guilty.
But because they think that they can see,
their guilt remains.
Unless you show yourselves to be far better than they,
you cannot enter the kingdom.
The blind cannot lead the blind.

Prayers of the People

We give You thanks, Almighty God: For all Your gifts
so freely bestowed upon us and all whom You have made:
We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life;
above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the hope of glory and for the means of grace.

We thank You, O Lord.

Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.

Hear us, O Lord.

We offer prayers for all those with whom we share the Journey:
For our loved ones, those who have been given to us,
and to whom we have been given: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

For those whom we have loved who are now absent from us: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

We entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing love and care,
for this life and the life to come;
knowing that You will do for them
far more than we can desire or pray for.

Amen.

Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:

   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.

Blessing

Thanks be to God – Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
We go in peace to serve the Lord,
and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with us all.

Amen.


[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]