Eleventh Sunday after Trinity – 23 August

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Jonah 2
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,
‘I called to the Lord out of my distress,
   and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
   and you heard my voice.
 You cast me into the deep,
   into the heart of the seas,
   and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
   passed over me.
 Then I said, “I am driven away
   from your sight;
how shall I look again
   upon your holy temple?”
 The waters closed in over me;
   the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
   at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
   whose bars closed upon me for ever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
   O Lord my God.
 As my life was ebbing away,
   I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
   into your holy temple.
 Those who worship vain idols
   forsake their true loyalty.
 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
   will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
   Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’
Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.

from Psalm 104
    Bless the Lord, O my soul.
   O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
    You are clothed with majesty and honour,
   wrapped in light as in a garment.
    You spread out the heavens like a curtain
   and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
    You make the clouds your chariot
   and ride on the wings of the wind.
    You make the winds your messengers
   and flames of fire your servants.
    You laid the foundations of the earth,
   that it never should move at any time.
    You covered it with the deep like a garment;
   the waters stood high above the hills.
    At your rebuke they fled;
   at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
    They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath,
   to the place which you had appointed for them.
      You have set them their bounds that they should not pass,
   nor turn again to cover the earth.
      You send the springs into the brooks,
   which run among the hills.
      They give drink to every beast of the field,
   and the wild asses quench their thirst.
      Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
   and sing among the branches.
      You water the hills from your dwelling on high;
   the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
      You make grass to grow for the cattle
   and plants to meet our needs,
      Bringing forth food from the earth
   and wine to gladden our hearts,
      Oil to give us a cheerful countenance
   and bread to strengthen our hearts.
      The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
   the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
      In which the birds build their nests,
   while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
      The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats
   and the stony cliffs for the conies.
      You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
   and the sun knows the time for its setting.
      You make darkness that it may be night,
   in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
      The lions roar for their prey
   and seek their food from God.
      The sun rises and they are gone
   to lay themselves down in their dens.
      People go forth to their work
   and to their labour until the evening.