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Personal and Family Worship for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity | 09/27/2020

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

Introduction to the Word and Liturgy for Worship

Restore us again, O God; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

-Psalm 80:3 This refrain repeats with minor changes in verses 7 and 20 of Psalm 80. It is a moving prayer offered with confidence in the light of the face, or countenance, of Almighty God. Yet it is a prayer of faith offered offered in the midst of broken relationship with God. The restoration the Psalmist is praying for is restoration into right relationship with God in the midst of a season of judgment. "A broken relationship exists, and only a new covenant, or at the very least the renewal of the previous covenant, can restore Israel." These are words from commentator Marvin Tate. "'Restoration' is not just a readjustment of the material situation in [ancient] Israel. . . . 'Restore' applies simultaneously to external welfare and what takes place in the human soul. This is a cry for 're-creation' in a comprehensive sense." This cry for comprehensive recreation is beautifully rendered in this Sunday's collect of the day.

The Collect of the Day

O merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

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Psalm 80

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a sheep; *

show yourself also, you that sit upon the cherubim.

2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

stir up your strength and come to help us.

3 Restore us again, O God; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

4 O Lord God of hosts, *

how long will you be angry with your people that pray?

5 You feed them with the bread of tears *

and give them plenteous tears to drink.

6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7 Restore us again, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

you have cast out the nations and planted it.

9 You made room for it, *

and when it had taken root, it filled the land.

10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, *

and the boughs thereof were like the mighty cedar trees.

11 It stretched out its branches to the sea *

and its boughs to the river.

12 Why have you broken down its hedge, *

so that all those who go by pluck off its grapes?

13 The wild boar out of the wood roots it up, *

and the wild beasts of the field devour it.

14 Turn again, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; *

behold, and visit this vine,

15 And the place of the vineyard that your right hand has planted, *

and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.

16 As for those who burn it with fire and cut it down, *

let them perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

17 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand *

and upon the son of man, whom you made so strong for yourself.

18 And so we will not turn back from you; *

O let us live, and we shall call upon your Name.

19 Restore us again, O Lord God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.

(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)

Trinity 16 Sunday Worship 2020
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