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O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.  O Lord, give us the joy of your saving help and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

INVOCATION

 

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

O Lord, give us the joy of your saving help

and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

PSALMODY

Psalm 111 - Praise for God’s Wonderful Works

 

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord,

studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.

Praise the Lord!

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;

 the Lord is gracious and merciful.

He provides food for those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the heritage of the nations.

Praise the Lord!
 

The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Praise the Lord!  

 

Holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever. Amen

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Matthew 8:28-9:1

When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way.  Suddenly they shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them.

The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go!” So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs.

Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town.

 

Holy Wisdom, Holy Word,

Thanks be to God.

 

 

TIME FOR REFLECTION

 

 

Song: Mon âme se repose

 

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

From the rising of the sun to its setting, let us pray to the Lord.

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

That the people of God in all the world may worship in spirit and in truth, let us pray to the Lord:

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

That the church may discover again the unity that is your gift, let us pray to the Lord:

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

That the nations of the earth, may seek ways that make for peace. We pray this week especially with the countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia.

We are thankful for:

  • How the early Christian church developed here.
  • The biodiversity of plants, animals and the natural terrain.
  • How Berber, Arab and European cultures have blended.
  • How these countries have remained and stood against the invasion of cultural and military forces from elsewhere.

 

We pray for:

  • all the people of these countries: Muslims, the tiny remnant of Christians, those of other faiths who continuing bearing witness to their faiths and for all people of good will.
  • an end to political violence.
  • an end to how dominating powers have fought over these lands and their resources through the years.
  • for those suffering exploitation and mistreatment as they travel through these countries.

 

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

God our help and comfort in times of trouble, we bring before you particularly today the communities in Mozambique who are facing a dire situation due to cyclone Eloise and the ongoing religious violence in the “Cabo Delgado” province.  We pray for all religious leaders and local workers who are ministering in these areas that their work will touch and transform the lives of the communities they serve at this very difficult time through compassion and solidarity.

 

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

That the whole creation, laboring to be born anew, may be set free to enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God, let us pray to the Lord:

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

For all those needs for which we pray this day, we take a moment to name them before you now, either speaking aloud, writing them in the chatroom, or silently in our hearts........

let us pray to the Lord:

Sung: Moran ethra hama’lain. Lord, have mercy.

 

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Eternal God,

Make us wise in your law and enlighten our thoughts with your knowledge. Sanctify our souls with your truth, and grant us to be obedient to your words so we fulfil your commandments at every hour, O Lord of all, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit forever.

 Amen.

(From “Prayers of The Hallowing of Addai and Mari Disciplers of the East,” English translation M. J. Birni, http://www.nestorian.org/nestorian_liturgy.html)

THE LORD’S PRAYER (in our different languages)

BLESSING:

All shall be Amen and Alleluia.
We shall rest and we shall see.
We shall see and we shall know.
We shall know and we shall love.
We shall love and we shall praise.
Behold our end which is no end.
                                                                                      (St Augustine of Hippo)

SENDING

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of Christ. Amen.