Friday 22 January

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Week of Prayer for Christian UnityResources

Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Amos 4
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan
   who are on Mount Samaria,
who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
   who say to their husbands, ‘Bring something to drink!’
    The Lord God has sworn by his holiness:
   The time is surely coming upon you,
when they shall take you away with hooks,
   even the last of you with fish-hooks.
    Through breaches in the wall you shall leave,
   each one straight ahead;
   and you shall be flung out into Harmon,
says the Lord.
    Come to Bethel—and transgress;
   to Gilgal—and multiply transgression;
bring your sacrifices every morning,
   your tithes every three days;
    bring a thank-offering of leavened bread,
   and proclaim freewill-offerings, publish them;
   for so you love to do, O people of Israel!
says the Lord God.
    I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
   and lack of bread in all your places,
yet you did not return to me,
says the Lord.
    And I also withheld the rain from you
   when there were still three months to the harvest;
I would send rain on one city,
   and send no rain on another city;
one field would be rained upon,
   and the field on which it did not rain withered;
    so two or three towns wandered to one town
   to drink water, and were not satisfied;
yet you did not return to me,
says the Lord.
    I struck you with blight and mildew;
   I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards;
   the locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;
yet you did not return to me,
says the Lord.
       I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
   I killed your young men with the sword;
I carried away your horses;
   and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
yet you did not return to me,
says the Lord.
       I overthrew some of you,
   as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
   and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;
yet you did not return to me,
says the Lord.
       Therefore, thus I will do to you, O Israel;
   because I will do this to you,
   prepare to meet your God, O Israel!
       For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
   reveals his thoughts to mortals,
makes the morning darkness,
   and treads on the heights of the earth—
   the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

Psalm 127
    The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom then shall I fear?
   The Lord is the strength of my life;
      of whom then shall I be afraid?
    When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes,
      came upon me to eat up my flesh,
   they stumbled and fell.
    Though a host encamp against me,
      my heart shall not be afraid,
   and though there rise up war against me,
      yet will I put my trust in him.
    One thing have I asked of the Lord
      and that alone I seek:
   that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
      all the days of my life,
    To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
   and to seek his will in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
      he shall hide me in his shelter;
   in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me
      and set me high upon a rock.
    And now shall he lift up my head
   above my enemies round about me;
    Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation
      with great gladness;
   I will sing and make music to the Lord.
    Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
   have mercy upon me and answer me.
      My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
   Your face, Lord, will I seek.
      Hide not your face from me,
   nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
      You have been my helper;
   leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
      Though my father and my mother forsake me,
   the Lord will take me up.
      Teach me your way, O Lord;
   lead me on a level path,
      because of those who lie in wait for me.
      Deliver me not into the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen up against me,
      and those who breathe out violence.
      I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living.
      Wait for the Lord;
      be strong and he shall comfort your heart;
   wait patiently for the Lord.

A summary of Amos as video