Nikolai Gundtvig: Bishop and Hymnwriter, 1872

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who didst build thy Church upon a rock: Help us remember, with thy hymn writer Nikolai Grundtvig, that though steeples may fall and buildings made by hands may crumble, Jesus makes our bodies his temple through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Help us to recognize Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, that we may join our voices to the eternal alleluia; through the same Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, you built your Church upon a rock: Help us remember, with your hymn writer Nikolai Grundtvig, that though steeples may fall and buildings made by hands may crumble, Jesus makes our bodies his temple through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Help us to recognize Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, that we may join our voices to the eternal alleluia; through the same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Proverbs 3:1-2, 5-8

1 My child, do not forget my teaching,
   but let your heart keep my commandments;
2 for length of days and years of life
   and abundant welfare they will give you.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
   and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
   and a refreshment for your body.

Psalm: 
Psalm 86:1-12

1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *
       for I am poor and in misery.
2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
       save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
       I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
       for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *
       and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *
       and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
       for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
       nor anything like your works.
9 All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, *
       and glorify your Name.
10 For you are great;
   you do wondrous things; *
       and you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
   and I will walk in your truth; *
       knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
       and glorify your Name for evermore.

Epistle: 
Romans 5:1-5

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel: 
Matthew 8:5-10

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’ 7And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ 8The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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