faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practise every kind of impurity. That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;︎
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You mark out my journeys and my resting place︎
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,︎
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You encompass me behind and before︎
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,︎
so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go then from your spirit?︎
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;︎
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning︎
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead me,︎
your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me︎
and the light around me turn to night,’
Even darkness is no darkness with you;
the night is as clear as the day;︎
darkness and light to you are both alike.
For you yourself created my inmost parts;︎
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;︎
marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.
My frame was not hidden from you,︎
when I was made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished;︎
already in your book were all my members written,
As day by day they were fashioned︎
when as yet there was none of them.
How deep are your counsels to me, O God!︎
How great is the sum of them!
If I count them, they are more in number than the sand,︎
and at the end, I am still in your presence.
O that you would slay the wicked, O God,︎
that the bloodthirsty might depart from me!
They speak against you with wicked intent;︎
your enemies take up your name for evil.
Do I not oppose those, O Lord, who oppose you?︎
Do I not abhor those who rise up against you?
I hate them with a perfect hatred;︎
they have become my own enemies also.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart;︎
try me and examine my thoughts.
See if there is any way of wickedness in me︎
and lead me in the way everlasting.