The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Psalm 96:7-13 or
Preface of the Dedication of a Church
O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all your creatures; Grant that your Church, taught by your servant Evelyn Underhill, guarded evermore by your power, and guided by your Spirit into the light of truth, may continually offer to you all glory and thanksgiving and attain with your saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have promised by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen
- For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
- because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
- For she is a breath of the power of God,
- and a pure emanation of the glory of the almighty;
- therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
- For she is a reflection of eternal light,
- a spotless mirror of the working of God,
- and an image of his goodness.
- Although she is but one, she can do all things,
- and while remaining in herself, she renews all things,
- in every generation she passes into holy souls
- and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
- for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
- She is more beautiful than the sun,
- and excels every constellation of the stars.
- Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
- for it is succeeded by the night,
- but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
- She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
- and she orders all things well.
Psalm 96:7-13 Page 726, BCP
- Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
- Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *
bring offerings and come into his courts.
- Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *
let the whole earth tremble before him.
- Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is King! *
he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity."
- Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *
let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
- Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the LORD when he comes, *
when he comes to judge the earth.
- He will judge the world with righteousness *
and the peoples with his truth.
- Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
- Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
- Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
- He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
- The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
- The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
The Samaritan woman at the well said to Jesus, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
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