O Lover Bold

Holy One, open our lips:

and we shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*

as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen.

PSALMODY

O Come, O Come, thou lover bold,

with warm embrace our flesh enfold;

to love our passion consecrate,

that we with you may new create.

Rejoice! Rejoice! The chastener

shall pierce, with truth yet melt our fear.

OPENING

From Psalm 130, De Profundis

Out |of the depths * have I called |you, O Lord;


Lord, |hear my voice; *


let your ears consider well the voice of my |supplication.

If you, Lord, were to note what is |done amiss, *

O Lord, |who could stand?

For there is forgive-|ness with you; *

therefore you |shall be feared.

I wait for you, O Lord; my soul |waits for you; *

in your word |is my hope.


My soul waits for |you, O Lord, *

more than sentinels |for the morning. 

All you people, wait |for the Lord, *

for with the Lord |there is mercy;


with God there is plen-|teous redemption, *


the Lord shall redeem the people from |all their sins.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*


as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Closing

Reading – Matthew 23.13-26

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

‘Woe to you, blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.” You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? And you say, “Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.” How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it; and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it.

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practised without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.

SILENCE

Responsory

There is a longing, deep within us,

to be with you, O God.


We are expectant

of your coming to walk the earth.

BENEDICTUS

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*

for he has come to his people and set them free.


He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*

born of the house of his servant David.


Through his holy prophets he promised of old* 


that he would save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us.


He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*

and to remember his holy covenant.


This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:* 


to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,*


holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*


for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,


to give his people knowledge of salvation*

by the forgiveness of all their sins.


In the tender compassion of our God*

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,


to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.


Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*


as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.


Christ, have mercy upon us.


Lord, have mercy upon us.

On this day, lift into the blessing of God’s compassionate gaze:

those who live in fear and hiding;

all who work to rehabilitate the brutalised;

all who are living with trauma. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be your name, 


your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as in heaven. 


Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. 


Do not bring us to the time of trial, but deliver us from evil. 


For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, 


now and for ever. Amen.

Collect

Gracious God,

as we listen once more to your messengers the prophets

turning us around and preparing us to receive our liberation:

give us the humility, insight, and grace to listen to their warnings,

and to heed the still small voice that whispers in our hearts,

that we may look once more upon your face

and greet your every coming with joy.  Amen.

Blessing

As we go from this place,

help us to remember that we are cradled in your loving hand,

developing alongside our brother, Jesus

and gifted with life by your Holy breath. Amen.

A priest and poet in the Scottish Episcopal Church, exploring the workings of the Holy Spirit in Banchory .