The Eighty-Ninth Psalm
MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD; * with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; * thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
I have made a covenant with my chosen; * I have sworn unto David my servant:
Thy seed will I stablish for ever, * and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; * and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
For who is he among the clouds, * that shall be compared unto the LORD?
And what is he among the gods, * that shall be like unto the LORD?
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, * and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? * thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
Thou rulest the raging of the sea; * thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; * thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; * thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
Thou hast made the north and the south; * Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
Thou hast a mighty arm; * strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat; * mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee; * they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; * and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
For thou art the glory of their strength, * and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
For the LORD is our defence; * the Holy One of Israel is our King.
vs 20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, * I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
I have found David my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
My hand shall hold him fast, * and my arm shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; * the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
I will smite down his foes before his face, * and plague them that hate him.
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; * and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his dominion also in the sea, * and his right hand in the floods.
He shall call me, Thou art my Father, * my God, and my strong salvation.
And I will make him my firstborn, * higher than the kings of the earth.
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, * and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
His seed also will I make to endure for ever, * and his throne as the days of heaven.
vs 31 But if his children forsake my law, * and walk not in my judgments;
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; * I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, * nor suffer my truth to fail.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: * I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
His seed shall endure for ever, * and his throne is like as the sun before me.
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, * and as the faithful witness in heaven.
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, * and art displeased at him.
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant, * and cast his crown to the ground.
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, * and broken down his strongholds.
All they that go by spoil him, * and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, * and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword, * and givest him not victory in the battle.
Thou hast put out his glory, * and cast his throne down to the ground.
The days of his youth hast thou shortened, * and covered him with dishonour.
LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? * and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
O remember how short my time is; * wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? * and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, * which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, * and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, * and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
Praised be the LORD for evermore. * Amen, and Amen.
The First Lesson
I Kings 21:11-22
And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them. They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead. And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee; because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord. Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
The Second Lesson
James 4:13 - 5:11
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Prayers and Collect
ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son's Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
O GOD, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thérèse of Lisieux - 3 October - Mystic, Writer and Monastic
O GOD, by whose grace the blessed Thérèse of Lisieux with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church: Grant that we may be inflamed with the same spirit of discipline and love, and ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.