Thursday 21 January

Week of Prayer for Christian UnityResources

Eternal God,
grant us the power to understand, with all your saints,
what is the breadth and length and height and depth
and to know the love that surpasses knowledge,
even 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 3
Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
    You only have I known
   of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
   for all your iniquities.
    Do two walk together
   unless they have made an appointment?
    Does a lion roar in the forest,
   when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den,
   if it has caught nothing?
    Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth,
   when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
   when it has taken nothing?
    Is a trumpet blown in a city,
   and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster befall a city,
   unless the Lord has done it?
    Surely the Lord God does nothing,
   without revealing his secret
   to his servants the prophets.
    The lion has roared;
   who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
   who can but prophesy?
    Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod,
   and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, ‘Assemble yourselves on Mount Samaria,
   and see what great tumults are within it,
   and what oppressions are in its midst.’
       They do not know how to do right, says the Lord,
   those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.
       Therefore, thus says the Lord God:
An adversary shall surround the land,
   and strip you of your defence;
   and your strongholds shall be plundered.
       Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.
       Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,
   says the Lord God, the God of hosts:
       On the day I punish Israel for its transgressions,
   I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and the horns of the altar shall be cut off
   and fall to the ground.
       I will tear down the winter house as well as the summer house;
   and the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses shall come to an end,
says the Lord.

Psalm 148
    Not to us, Lord, not to us,
      but to your name give the glory,
   for the sake of your loving mercy and truth.
    Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is now their God?’
    As for our God, he is in heaven;
   he does whatever he pleases.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands.
    They have mouths, but cannot speak;
   eyes have they, but cannot see;
    They have ears, but cannot hear;
   noses have they, but cannot smell;
    They have hands, but cannot feel;
      feet have they, but cannot walk;
   not a whisper do they make from their throats.
    Those who make them shall become like them
   and so will all who put their trust in them.
    But you, Israel, put your trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      House of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      The Lord has been mindful of us and he will bless us;
   may he bless the house of Israel;
      may he bless the house of Aaron;
      May he bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great together.
      May the Lord increase you more and more,
   you and your children after you.
      May you be blest by the Lord,
   the maker of heaven and earth.
      The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
   but the earth he has entrusted to his children.
      The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor those gone down into silence;
      But we will bless the Lord,
   from this time forth for evermore.

A summary of Amos as video