God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Hear my prayer, O God;
hide not yourself from my petition.
Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaining.
I am alarmed at the voice of the enemy
and at the clamour of the wicked;
For they would bring down evil upon me
and are set against me in fury.
My heart is disquieted within me,
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,
and a horrible dread has overwhelmed me.
And I said: ‘O that I had wings like a dove,
for then would I fly away and be at rest.
‘Then would I flee far away
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
‘I would make haste to escape
from the stormy wind and tempest.’
Confuse their tongues, O Lord, and divide them,
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go about on her walls;
mischief and trouble are in her midst.
Wickedness walks in her streets;
oppression and guile never leave her squares.
For it was not an open enemy that reviled me,
for then I could have borne it;
Nor was it my adversary that puffed himself up against me,
for then I would have hid myself from him.
But it was even you, one like myself,
my companion and my own familiar friend.
We took sweet counsel together
and walked with the multitude in the house of God.
Let death come suddenly upon them;
let them go down alive to the Pit;
for wickedness inhabits their dwellings, their very hearts.
As for me, I will call upon God
and the Lord will deliver me.
In the evening and morning and at noonday
I will pray and make my supplication,
and he shall hear my voice.
He shall redeem my soul in peace
from the battle waged against me,
for many have come upon me.
God, who is enthroned of old,
will hear and bring them down;
they will not repent, for they have no fear of God.
My companion stretched out his hands against his friend
and has broken his covenant;
His speech was softer than butter, though war was in his heart;
his words were smoother than oil, yet are they naked swords.
Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you,
and will not let the righteous fall for ever.
But those that are bloodthirsty and deceitful, O God,
you will bring down to the pit of destruction.
They shall not live out half their days,
but my trust shall be in you, O Lord.