Collect: Ninth Sunday after Trinity…

O GOD, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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On behalf of our brothers and sisters…

Our Holy Father and our God, we pray these words of Yours back to You on behalf of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, who find themselves persecuted and martyred…

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.”

Selah

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.

Selah

I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Your blessing is upon Your people.

Selah

We pray, O God, that You, the Judge of all the earth, will do right. May those who persecute die the death of baptism and faith, that they may be buried and resurrected with Christ. And to those who are not so converted, O God, may Your Son be the Blood Avenger of those they have martyred for their faith.

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen

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Collect: Eighth Sunday after Trinity…

O GOD, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Collect: Seventh Sunday after Trinity…

LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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That form of doctrine…

But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17–18, NKJV)

It is worth noting that Paul here writes of being delivered to a “form of doctrine.” Salvation is, among other things, a right form of understanding and belief./THB

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Abundance of grace…

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)” (Romans 5:17, NKJV)

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We…rejoice in hope…

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1–2, NKJV)

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