Wednesday 2 December

Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.

Readings: Isaiah 25.6-10a | Psalm 23 | Matthew 15.29-37 |


The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Chora Church, Istanbul.

Psalm 23
from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert.

The God of love my shepherd is,
And he that doth me feed:
While he is mine, and I am his,
What can I want or need?

He leads me to the tender grasse,
Where I both feed and rest;
Then to the streams that gently passe:
In both I have the best.

Or if I stray, he doth convert
And bring my minde in frame:
And all this not for my desert,1
But for his holy name.

Yea, in deaths shadie black abode
Well may I walk, not fear:
For thou art with me; and thy rod
To guide, thy staff to bear.

Nay, thou dost make me sit and dine,
Ev’n in my enemies sight:
My head with oyl, my cup with wine
Runnes over day and night.

Surely thy sweet and wondrous love
Shall measure all my dayes;
And as it never shall remove,
So neither shall my praise.

The Lord's My Shepherd (Psalm 23) by Stuart Townend (1996)


Omnipotent, ever-present, creator God, whose beauty and goodness are manifested in the diversity of all of your creation, grant to us your people that we may love the thing that you desire.
That among the differences and the many changes of the world today, our hearts and minds may certainly be fastened on the joy, hope, and love granted us through the coming of your Son and the fellowship of the Spirit.
Help us, O God, to know your will and by knowing it, to dedicate ourselves to the advancement of your sovereignty, where peace and love always reign. Amen.

May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.

St Philip's Anglican Church, corner Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602