Day Fourteen — Thursday

Kneeler 97

Jeremiah 17

Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord,

6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.

8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse — who can understand it?

10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

From: Prayer at Night: A Book for the Darkness, Jim Cotter, Cairns publications, 1988, p.12:

O Thou, Most Holy and Beloved,
my Companion, my Unicorn, my Guide upon the Way.

We have wounded your love:
O God, heal us
We stumble in the darkness:
Light of the world, transfigure us.
We forget that we are your home:
Spirit of God, dwell in us.

O God of Joy, we rejoice in you…
You run to meet us like a welcoming friend,
you laugh with us in the merriment of heaven,
you feast with us at the great banquet,
Clown of clowns, Fool of fools,
the only Entertainer of Jesters,
O God of Joy, we rejoice in you…

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