Tuesday 19 January

Second Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (click-link)

Collect
Lord God,
help us,
   to live simply,
   to work diligently
   and to make your kingdom known;
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.

Amos 1
   The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
   And he said:
The Lord roars from Zion,
   and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
the pastures of the shepherds wither,
   and the top of Carmel dries up.
    Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Damascus,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they have threshed Gilead
   with threshing-sledges of iron.
    So I will send a fire on the house of Hazael,
   and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.
    I will break the gate-bars of Damascus,
   and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,
and the one who holds the sceptre from Beth-eden;
   and the people of Aram shall go into exile to Kir,
says the Lord.
    Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Gaza,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they carried into exile entire communities,
   to hand them over to Edom.
    So I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza,
   fire that shall devour its strongholds.
    I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
   and the one who holds the sceptre from Ashkelon;
I will turn my hand against Ekron,
   and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,
says the Lord God.
    Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Tyre,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they delivered entire communities over to Edom,
   and did not remember the covenant of kinship.
       So I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre,
   fire that shall devour its strongholds.
       Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Edom,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because he pursued his brother with the sword
   and cast off all pity;
he maintained his anger perpetually,
   and kept his wrath for ever.
       So I will send a fire on Teman,
   and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah.
       Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of the Ammonites,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead
   in order to enlarge their territory.
       So I will kindle a fire against the wall of Rabbah,
   fire that shall devour its strongholds,
with shouting on the day of battle,
   with a storm on the day of the whirlwind;
       then their king shall go into exile,
   he and his officials together,
says the Lord.

Psalm 132
    Lord, remember for David
   all the hardships he endured;
    How he swore an oath to the Lord
   and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
    ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house,
   nor climb up into my bed;
    ‘I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
   nor let my eyelids slumber,
    ‘Until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
    Now, we heard of the ark in Ephrathah
   and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.
    Let us enter his dwelling place
   and fall low before his footstool.
    Arise, O Lord, into your resting place,
   you and the ark of your strength.
    Let your priests be clothed with righteousness
   and your faithful ones sing with joy.
      For your servant David’s sake,
   turn not away the face of your anointed.
      The Lord has sworn an oath to David,
   a promise from which he will not shrink:
      ‘Of the fruit of your body
   shall I set upon your throne.
      ‘If your children keep my covenant
      and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
   their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’
      For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself;
   he has desired her for his habitation:
      ‘This shall be my resting place for ever;
   here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.
      ‘I will abundantly bless her provision;
   her poor will I satisfy with bread.
      ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation,
   and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.
      ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David;
   I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.
      ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame;
   but on him shall his crown be bright.’

A summary of Amos as video