Daily Prayers for March 28

Amos the Prophet

Unlike other Old Testament messengers, Amos was not a professional prophet; he had no special training, nor was he related to any other prophets. He was a peasant farmer and sheep tender called by God for a special mission. A native of the southern kingdom of Judah, Amos received a powerful commission from God to preach to the -people of the northern kingdom of Israel. In the first half of the eighth century BC, during a time of great expansion and prosperity in Israel, Amos spoke out against the economic injustices between urban elites and the poor. Rich landowners were acquiring money and land, taking advantage of small farmers and peasants. Although Amos was not wealthy, he was sent to warn the wealthy and invite them back into the good way of God’s justice.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “-Jesus, Help Us Live in Peace”

Rain down justice upon us, Lord : that we might live in peace.

Psalm 133

Oh, how good and pleasant it is : when brethren live together in unity!

It is like fine oil upon the head : that runs down upon the beard,

upon the beard of Aaron : and runs down upon the collar of his robe.

It is like the dew of Hermon : that falls upon the hills of Zion.

For there the Lord has ordained the blessing : life for evermore.

Rain down justice upon us, Lord : that we might live in peace.

Exodus 12:40 – 51 Mark 10:1 – 16

Rain down justice upon us, Lord : that we might live in peace.

Amos spoke out, saying, “Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring ruin to the poor of the land. I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteous-ness like an ever-flowing stream.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

We give thanks, God, for the prophets who love us enough to tell us your hard truth. Show us where we need your words for our repentance and conversion, and teach us how to always speak your truth in love. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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