Sunday 22 August

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
   which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Jonah 2
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,
‘I called to the Lord out of my distress,
   and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
   and you heard my voice.
 You cast me into the deep,
   into the heart of the seas,
   and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
   passed over me.
 Then I said, “I am driven away
   from your sight;
how shall I look again
   upon your holy temple?”
 The waters closed in over me;
   the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
   at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
   whose bars closed upon me for ever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
   O Lord my God.
 As my life was ebbing away,
   I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
   into your holy temple.
 Those who worship vain idols
   forsake their true loyalty.
 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
   will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
   Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’
Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.

Psalm 115
    Not to us, Lord, not to us,
      but to your name give the glory,
   for the sake of your loving mercy and truth.
    Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is now their God?’
    As for our God, he is in heaven;
   he does whatever he pleases.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands.
    They have mouths, but cannot speak;
   eyes have they, but cannot see;
    They have ears, but cannot hear;
   noses have they, but cannot smell;
    They have hands, but cannot feel;
      feet have they, but cannot walk;
   not a whisper do they make from their throats.
    Those who make them shall become like them
   and so will all who put their trust in them.
    But you, Israel, put your trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      House of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      The Lord has been mindful of us and he will bless us;
   may he bless the house of Israel;
      may he bless the house of Aaron;
      May he bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great together.
      May the Lord increase you more and more,
   you and your children after you.
      May you be blest by the Lord,
   the maker of heaven and earth.
      The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
   but the earth he has entrusted to his children.
      The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor those gone down into silence;
      But we will bless the Lord,
   from this time forth for evermore.