Eleventh Century Fresco of the Exorcism at the
Synagogue in Capernaum
authority of Jesus is cause for amazement. His teachings are not what the
people expected. Even demons obey him; their power is dissolved. The crowds are
astonished by what he accomplishes. Godís order has a way of upsetting the
prevailing state of affairs. What is taught provides a new vision of what ought
to be. What is done testifies to the unlimited scope of Godís goodness and
Great are the works of God, and greatly to be praised.
Godís righteousness endures forever.
We come together as a
congregation of believers.
We give thanks to God with
gracious and merciful and trustworthy.
times, God is mindful of the covenant.
The works of Godís hands are established
We can count on Godís righteousness and
God is the beginning of wisdom.
approach God in fear have good understanding.
Holy and awesome is Godís name.
We call on God to empower our worship.
Prayer of the Day
of the prophets, help us to recognize your voice among the competing claims of
our day. Raise up in our midst authentic witnesses to your truth. Be present
with us now to guide our prayers and praise. Let us not presume to know your
message without careful listening or speak your word without discerning the
Spirit. Light your fires within us so we may heed your summons and give our
best in your service. Amen.