ABORIGINAL DAY OF PRAYER
O God our defender,
storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid.
Rescue your people from despair,
deliver your sons and daughters from fear,
and preserve us all from unbelief;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and ever.
READING FROM ISAIAH
whom then will you compare me,
who is my equal? says the Holy One.
up your eyes on high and see:
who brings out their host and numbers them,
them all by name;
he is great in strength,
one is missing.
do you say, O Jacob,
speak, O Israel,
way is hidden from the Lord,
my right is disregarded by my God’?
you not known? Have you not heard?
Lord is the everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth.
does not faint or grow weary;
understanding is unsearchable.
gives power to the faint,
strengthens the powerless.
youths will faint and be weary,
the young will fall exhausted;
those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
shall mount up with wings like eagles,
shall run and not be weary,
shall walk and not faint.
heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.
law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
READING FROM PHILIPPIANS
in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness
be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about
anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally,
beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is
just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the
things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in
me, and the God of peace will be with you.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came
into being through him, and without him not one thing came into
being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was
the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness did not overcome it.
was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness
to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He
himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the
was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet
the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his
own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who
believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who
were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will
of man, but of God.
the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and
truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of
whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he
was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received,
grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace
and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It
is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has
made him known.
OVER THE GIFTS
you have made our Saviour Jesus Christ
the head of all creation.
Receive all we offer you this day
and renew us in his risen life,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
guide and protect your people
who share in this sacred mystery,
and keep us always in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.