Monday 25 January

Last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Amos 5.18-27
       Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
   Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
         as if someone fled from a lion,
   and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
   and was bitten by a snake.
       Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
   and gloom with no brightness in it?
       I hate, I despise your festivals,
   and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
       Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,
   I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
   I will not look upon.
       Take away from me the noise of your songs;
   I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
       But let justice roll down like waters,
   and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
       Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?       You shall take up Sakkuth your king, and Kaiwan your star-god, your images that you made for yourselves;       therefore I will take you into exile beyond Damascus, says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.

Psalm 66
1  Be joyful in God, all the earth;
   sing the glory of his name;
      sing the glory of his praise.
2  Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great strength
      your enemies shall bow before you.
3  ‘All the earth shall worship you,
   sing to you, sing praise to your name.’
4  Come now and behold the works of God,
   how wonderful he is in his dealings with humankind.
5  He turned the sea into dry land;
      the river they passed through on foot;
   there we rejoiced in him.
6  In his might he rules for ever;
      his eyes keep watch over the nations;
   let no rebel rise up against him.
7  Bless our God, O you peoples;
   make the voice of his praise to be heard,
8  Who holds our souls in life
   and suffers not our feet to slip.
9  For you, O God, have proved us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried.
10  You brought us into the snare;
   you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11  You let enemies ride over our heads;
      we went through fire and water;
   but you brought us out into a place of liberty.
12  I will come into your house with burnt offerings
      and will pay you my vows,
   which my lips uttered
      and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

A summary of Amos as video