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From “Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals” (July 15th, p. 359-360)  

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.  

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.

  Come let us sing to the Lord: let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.  

Lead us, Good Shepherd, through the waters: be the rock on which we stand.  

Psalm 77:14-16, 19-20

You are the God who works wonders: and have declared your power among the peoples.

By your strength you have redeemed your people: the children of Jacob and Joseph.

The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you and trembled: the very depths were shaken.

Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters: yet your footsteps were not seen.

You led your people like a flock: by the hand of Moses and Aaron.  Lead us, Good Shepherd, through the waters: be the rock on which we stand.

    Judges 13:1-24                       Acts 20:17-38  

Lead us, Good Shepherd, through the waters: be the rock on which we stand.  

Benedict of Nursia said this: “The Lord himself in the gospel teaches us the same when he says: I shall liken anyone who hears my words and carries them out in deed to one who is wise enough to build on a rock; then the floods came and the winds blew and struck that house, but it did not fall because it was built on a rock.  It is in the light of that teaching that the Lord waits for us every day to see if we will respond by our deeds, as we should, to his holy guidance.  For that very reason also, so that we may mend our evil ways, the days of our mortal lives are allowed us as a sort of truce for improvement. So St. Paul says: Do you not know that God is patient with us so as to lead us to repentance?  The Lord himself says in his gentle care for us: I do not want the death of a sinner; let all sinners rather turn away from sin and live.”  

Prayers for Others  

Lord’s Prayer

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, forever and ever. Amen.  

God of the Ages, through your ancient prophets and disciples, your saints of old, and your Spirit, you have told us what is good - to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you.  Help us to stand on you, our Rock of salvation, for all other ground is sinking sand.  Amen.  

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,  wherever he may send you. May he guide you through the wilderness,  protect you through the storm. May he bring you home rejoicing,  at the wonders he has shown you. May he bring you home rejoicing,  once again into our doors.  Amen