From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:11
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Lord, open our lips.
Come let us sing to the Lord;*
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
For the Lord is a great God,*
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,*
The sea is his, for he made it,*
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,*
For he is our God,
Alleluia. The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
My heart is stirring with a noble song;
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
Gen. 15:1-11, 17-21 (NRSV)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came
to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your
shield; your reward shall be very great." 2 But Abram said,
"O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless,
and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And
Abram said, "You have given me no offspring, and so a slave
born in my house is to be my heir." 4 But the word of the
LORD came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; no one
but your very own issue shall be your heir." 5 He brought
him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars,
if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So
shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed the LORD;
and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.
17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Canticle 13 A Song of Praise Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
Hebrews 9:1-14 (NRSV)
1 Now even the first covenant had regulations
for worship and an earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was constructed,
the first one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the
bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind
the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies. 4 In
it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant
overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden
urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets
of the covenant; 5 above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing
the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Canticle 18 A Song to the Lamb Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13
Splendor and honor and kingly power *
For you created everything that is, *
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
John 5:1-18 (NRSV)
1 After this there was a festival of the Jews,
and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thomas Aquinas, 28 January 1274
In the thirteenth century, when Thomas Aquinas lived, the works of Aristotle, largely forgotten in Western Europe, began to be available again, partly from Eastern European sources and partly from Moslem Arab sources in Africa and Spain. These works offered a new and exciting way of looking at the world.
Many enthusiastic students of Aristotle adopted him quite frankly as as an alternative to Christianity. The response of many Christians was to denounce Aristotle as an enemy of the Christian Faith. A third approach was that of those who tried to hold both Christian and Aristotelian views side by side with no attempt to reconcile the two.
Aquinas had a fourth approach. While remaining a Christian, he immersed himself in the ideas of Aristotle, and then undertook to explain Christian ideas and beliefs in language that would make sense to disciples of Aristotle. At the time, this seemed like a very dangerous and radical idea, and Aquinas spent much of his life living on the edge of ecclesiastical approval. His success can be measured by the prevalence today of the notion that, of course, all Christian scholars in the Middle Ages were followers of Aristotle.
Aristotle is no longer the latest intellectual fashion, but Aquinas's insistence that the Christian scholar must be prepared to meet other scholars on their own ground, to become familiar with their viewpoints, to argue from their premises, has been a permanent and valuable contribution to Christian thought.
Some Christian scholars today are undertaking, with varying degrees of success, to explore the relations between Christianity and various contemporary studies or world-outlooks that have been used as weapons by opponents of Christianity. Examples that come to mind include the following:
written by James Kiefer
Almighty God, you have enriched your Church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
I believe in Jesus Christ, his
only son, our Lord.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Save us from the time of trial,
For the kingdom, the power,
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Collect of the Day: Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
World Cycle of Prayer
We pray for the people of Costa Rica.
Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer
We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Church of Sweden.
Let us pray now for our own needs and those of others.
A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Prisons and Correctional Institutions
Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy's sake. Amen.
For the Victims of Addiction
Blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be
with us all evermore. Amen.
Hymn: God Be With You