Australian Daily Prayer

7th Tuesday after Trinity

1
We will proclaim the name of the Lord.
Ascribe greatness to our God.
Deuteronomy 32:3
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
2 The Opening Canticle, A Song of God's Mercy
God who is rich in mercy:
out of the great love with which he loved us,
Even when we were dead through our trespasses:
made us alive together with Christ,
And raised us up with him:
and made us sit with him
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

That he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace:
in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7
3 The Opening Prayer
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence may be kept
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
4 The Psalms as appointed. A pause is observed after each
1  Give ear to my words, O Lord; 
   consider my lamentation.
2  Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God, 
   for to you I make my prayer.
3  In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice; 
   early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.
4  For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness; 
   no evil can dwell with you.
5  The boastful cannot stand in your sight; 
   you hate all those that work wickedness.
6  You destroy those who speak lies; 
   the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.
7  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
      I will come into your house; 
   I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.
8  Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,
      because of my enemies; 
   make your way straight before my face.
9  For there is no truth in their mouth,
      in their heart is destruction, 
   their throat is an open sepulchre,
      and they flatter with their tongue.
10  Punish them, O God; 
   let them fall through their own devices.
11  Because of their many transgressions cast them out, 
   for they have rebelled against you.
12  But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
   let them sing out their joy for ever.
13  You will shelter them, 
   so that those who love your name may exult in you.
14  For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; 
   and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.
1  O Lord, rebuke me not in your wrath; 
   neither chasten me in your fierce anger.
2  Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak; 
   Lord, heal me, for my bones are racked.
3  My soul also shakes with terror; 
   how long, O Lord, how long?
4  Turn again, O Lord, and deliver my soul; 
   save me for your loving mercy’s sake.
5  For in death no one remembers you; 
   and who can give you thanks in the grave?
6  I am weary with my groaning; 
   every night I drench my pillow
      and flood my bed with my tears.
7  My eyes are wasted with grief 
   and worn away because of all my enemies.
8  Depart from me, all you that do evil, 
   for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
9  The Lord has heard my supplication; 
   the Lord will receive my prayer.
10  All my enemies shall be put to shame and confusion; 
   they shall suddenly turn back in their shame.
1  O Lord our governor, 
   how glorious is your name in all the world!
2  Your majesty above the heavens is praised 
   out of the mouths of babes at the breast.
3  You have founded a stronghold against your foes, 
   that you might still the enemy and the avenger.
4  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, 
   the moon and the stars that you have ordained,
5  What is man, that you should be mindful of him; 
   the son of man, that you should seek him out?
6  You have made him little lower than the angels 
   and crown him with glory and honour.
7  You have given him dominion over the works of your hands 
   and put all things under his feet,
8  All sheep and oxen, 
   even the wild beasts of the field,
9  The birds of the air, the fish of the sea 
   and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.
10  O Lord our governor, 
   how glorious is your name in all the world!
5 At the end of the (last) pause there may follow
Lord, our God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier: we ask you to cleanse us from all hypocrisy, to unite us to our fellow men and women by the bonds of peace and love, and to confirm us in holiness; now and for ever. Amen.
6 One or two Readings from the Bible as appointed

Ezekiel 11:14-25 (Listen)

Israel's New Heart and Spirit

14 And the word of the Lord came to me: 15 “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, [1] the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.’ 16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while [2] in the countries where they have gone.’ 17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ 18 And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will [3] bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord God.”

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 23 And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. 24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. 25 And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 11:15 Hebrew the men of your redemption
[2] 11:16 Or in small measure
[3] 11:21 Hebrew To the heart of their detestable things and their abominations their heart goes; I will

2 Corinthians 7:2-16 (Listen)

Paul's Joy

Make room in your hearts [1] for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. 13 Therefore we are comforted.

And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15 And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 7:2 Greek lacks in your hearts

The reading may be followed by a period of silence for reflection, a hymn or
May your word live in us
and bear much fruit to your glory.
7 The Canticle, A Song of the Blessed
Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn:
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful:
for mercy shall be shown to them.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3-10
8 The Apostles' Creed may be said
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy Lord have mercy.
10 The Lord's Prayer and the Collect of the Day
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
O gracious God,
whose apostle James left his father and all that he had,
and without delay obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ:
pour out upon the leaders of your Church
the same spirit of self-denying service
by which alone they may have true authority
among your people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
11 Intercessions and Thanksgivings may be made according to local custom and need.
12 The Morning Collect
Lord and heavenly Father,
you have brought us safely to this new day:
keep us by your mighty power, protect us from sin,
guard us from every kind of danger,
and in all we do this day
direct us in the fulfilling of your purpose,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
13
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
May the Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious to us; the Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace. Amen.
Numbers 6:24-26
1
O song to the Lord a new song:
sing to the Lord all the earth.
Psalm 96:1
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
2 The Opening Canticle, The Song of the Three
Blessed are you, the God of our forebears:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Blessed is your holy and glorious name:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Blessed are you, glorious in your holy temple:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Blessed are you who behold the depths:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Blessed are you in the heights of heaven:
worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
Song of the Three 29-34
3 The Opening Prayer
The day is now passed and the night is at hand.
Let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence may be kept
Father of lights, receive the prayer and praise we offer you as our evening sacrifice; make us a light for all the world, delivered by your goodness from all the works of darkness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
4 The Psalms as appointed. A pause is observed after each
1  I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart; 
   I will tell of all your marvellous works.
2  I will be glad and rejoice in you; 
   I will make music to your name, O Most High.
3  When my enemies are driven back, 
   they stumble and perish at your presence.
4  For you have maintained my right and my cause; 
   you sat on your throne giving righteous judgement.
5  You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; 
   you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6  The enemy was utterly laid waste. 
   You uprooted their cities;
      their very memory has perished.
7  But the Lord shall endure for ever; 
   he has made fast his throne for judgement.
8  For he shall rule the world with righteousness 
   and govern the peoples with equity.
9  Then will the Lord be a refuge for the oppressed, 
   a refuge in the time of trouble.
10  And those who know your name will put their trust in you, 
   for you, Lord, have never failed those who seek you.
11  Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion; 
   declare among the peoples the things he has done.
12  The avenger of blood has remembered them; 
   he did not forget the cry of the oppressed.
13  Have mercy upon me, O Lord; 
   consider the trouble I suffer from those who hate me,
      you that lift me up from the gates of death;
14  That I may tell all your praises in the gates of the city of Zion 
   and rejoice in your salvation.
15  The nations shall sink into the pit of their making 
   and in the snare which they set will their own foot be taken.
16  The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice; 
   the wicked are snared in the works of their own hands.
17  They shall return to the land of darkness, 
   all the nations that forget God.
18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten 
   and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19  Arise, O Lord, and let not mortals have the upper hand; 
   let the nations be judged before your face.
20  Put them in fear, O Lord, 
   that the nations may know themselves to be but mortal.
1  Why stand so far off, O Lord? 
   Why hide yourself in time of trouble?
2  The wicked in their pride persecute the poor; 
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3  The wicked boast of their heart’s desire; 
   the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
4  The wicked in their arrogance say, ‘God will not avenge it’; 
   in all their scheming God counts for nothing.
5  They are stubborn in all their ways,
      for your judgements are far above out of their sight; 
   they scoff at all their adversaries.
6  They say in their heart, ‘I shall not be shaken; 
   no harm shall ever happen to me.’
7  Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit and fraud; 
   under their tongue lie mischief and wrong.
8  They lurk in the outskirts
      and in dark alleys they murder the innocent; 
   their eyes are ever watching for the helpless.
9  They lie in wait, like a lion in his den;
      they lie in wait to seize the poor; 
   they seize the poor when they get them into their net.
10  The innocent are broken and humbled before them; 
   the helpless fall before their power.
11  They say in their heart, ‘God has forgotten; 
   he hides his face away; he will never see it.’
12  Arise, O Lord God, and lift up your hand; 
   forget not the poor.
13  Why should the wicked be scornful of God? 
   Why should they say in their hearts, ‘You will not avenge it’?
14  Surely, you behold trouble and misery; 
   you see it and take it into your own hand.
15  The helpless commit themselves to you, 
   for you are the helper of the orphan.
16  Break the power of the wicked and malicious; 
   search out their wickedness until you find none.
17  The Lord shall reign for ever and ever; 
   the nations shall perish from his land.
18  Lord, you will hear the desire of the poor; 
   you will incline your ear to the fullness of their heart,
19  To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, 
   so that people are no longer driven in terror from the land.
5 At the end of the (last) pause there may follow
God of grace, we thank you for all your gifts to us; grant us to accept both pain and joy in faith and hope, and never to fail in love to you and to our sisters and brothers; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
6 One or two Readings from the Bible as appointed

1 Samuel 6:1-16 (Listen)

The Ark Returned to Israel

6:1 The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place.” They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.” And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. And take the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. Then send it off and let it go its way and watch. If it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm, but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by coincidence.”

10 The men did so, and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. 11 And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors. 12 And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. They turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. 13 Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. And when they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, they rejoiced to see it. 14 The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh and stopped there. A great stone was there. And they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. 15 And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it, in which were the golden figures, and set them upon the great stone. And the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices on that day to the Lord. 16 And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron. (ESV)

Luke 21:5-19 (Listen)

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers [1] and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 21:16 Or parents and brothers and sisters

The reading may be followed by a period of silence for reflection, a hymn or
May your word live in us
and bear much fruit to your glory.
7 The Canticle, The Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis)
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation:
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
A light to reveal you to the nations:
and the glory of your people Israel.
8 The Prayers
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy Lord have mercy.
9 The Lord's Prayer and the Collect of the Day
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
O gracious God,
whose apostle James left his father and all that he had,
and without delay obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ:
pour out upon the leaders of your Church
the same spirit of self-denying service
by which alone they may have true authority
among your people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
10 Intercessions and Thanksgivings may be made according to local custom and need.
11 The Evening Collect
Be present, merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night: that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest on your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
12
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
May Jesus, the Lord of peace, give us peace at all times and in all ways. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 3:16