Wednesday 20 January

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (click-link)

Collect
Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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 2
   Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Moab,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because he burned to lime
   the bones of the king of Edom.
    So I will send a fire on Moab,
   and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth,
and Moab shall die amid uproar,
   amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
    I will cut off the ruler from its midst,
   and will kill all its officials with him,
says the Lord.
    Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Judah,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they have rejected the law of the Lord,
   and have not kept his statutes,
but they have been led astray by the same lies
   after which their ancestors walked.
    So I will send a fire on Judah,
   and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.
    Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Israel,
   and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they sell the righteous for silver,
   and the needy for a pair of sandals—
    they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth,
   and push the afflicted out of the way;
father and son go in to the same girl,
   so that my holy name is profaned;
    they lay themselves down beside every altar
   on garments taken in pledge;
and in the house of their God they drink
   wine bought with fines they imposed.
    Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
   whose height was like the height of cedars,
   and who was as strong as oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above,
   and his roots beneath.
       Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
   and led you for forty years in the wilderness,
   to possess the land of the Amorite.
       And I raised up some of your children to be prophets
   and some of your youths to be nazirites.
   Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?
says the Lord.
       But you made the nazirites drink wine,
   and commanded the prophets,
   saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’
       So, I will press you down in your place,
   just as a cart presses down
   when it is full of sheaves.
       Flight shall perish from the swift,
   and the strong shall not retain their strength,
   nor shall the mighty save their lives;
       those who handle the bow shall not stand,
   and those who are swift of foot shall not save themselves,
   nor shall those who ride horses save their lives;
       and those who are stout of heart among the mighty
   shall flee away naked on that day,
says the Lord.

Psalm 147.13-21
      But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat
   and with honey from the rock would I satisfy them.
      Sing praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem;
   praise your God, O Zion;
      For he has strengthened the bars of your gates
   and has blest your children within you.
      He has established peace in your borders
   and satisfies you with the finest wheat.
      He sends forth his command to the earth
   and his word runs very swiftly.
      He gives snow like wool
   and scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
      He casts down his hailstones like morsels of bread;
   who can endure his frost?
      He sends forth his word and melts them;
   he blows with his wind and the waters flow.
      He declares his word to Jacob,
   his statutes and judgements to Israel.
      He has not dealt so with any other nation;
   they do not know his laws.
      Alleluia.

A summary of Amos as video