|Friends of St. George Chapel Sunday, August 2, 2020 10:00|
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacobâ€™s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, â€œLet me go, for the day is breaking.â€ But Jacob said, â€œI will not let you go, unless you bless me.â€ So he said to him, â€œWhat is your name?â€ And he said, â€œJacob.â€ Then the man said, â€œYou shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.â€ Then Jacob asked him, â€œPlease tell me your name.â€ But he said, â€œWhy is it that you ask my name?â€ And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, â€œFor I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.â€ The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
1 Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord;
give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
3 Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4 I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
5 My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
7 Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
from those who rise up against them.
16 But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding
I am speaking the truth in Christ– I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit– I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
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