Saturday 23 January

Week of Prayer for Christian UnityResources

God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Amos 5.1-17
Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:
    Fallen, no more to rise,
   is maiden Israel;
forsaken on her land,
   with no one to raise her up.
    For thus says the Lord God:
The city that marched out a thousand
   shall have a hundred left,
and that which marched out a hundred
   shall have ten left.
    For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
Seek me and live;
      but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter into Gilgal
   or cross over to Beer-sheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
   and Bethel shall come to nothing.
    Seek the Lord and live,
   or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
   and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
    Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
   and bring righteousness to the ground!
    The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
   and turns deep darkness into the morning,
   and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea,
   and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the Lord is his name,
    who makes destruction flash out against the strong,
   so that destruction comes upon the fortress.
       They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
   and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
       Therefore, because you trample on the poor
   and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
   but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
   but you shall not drink their wine.
       For I know how many are your transgressions,
   and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
   and push aside the needy in the gate.
       Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
   for it is an evil time.
       Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
   just as you have said.
       Hate evil and love good,
   and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
   will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
       Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord:
In all the squares there shall be wailing;
   and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’
They shall call the farmers to mourning,
   and those skilled in lamentation, to wailing;
       in all the vineyards there shall be wailing,
   for I will pass through the midst of you,
says the Lord.

Psalm 61
    Hear my crying, O God,
   and listen to my prayer.
    From the end of the earth I call to you with fainting heart;
   O set me on the rock that is higher than I.
    For you are my refuge,
   a strong tower against the enemy.
    Let me dwell in your tent for ever
   and take refuge under the cover of your wings.
    For you, O God, will hear my vows;
   you will grant the request of those who fear your name.
    You will add length of days to the life of the king,
   that his years may endure throughout all generations.
    May he sit enthroned before God for ever;
   may steadfast love and truth watch over him.
    So will I always sing praise to your name,
   and day by day fulfil my vows.

A summary of Amos as video