FIRST LESSON                                                                           Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Lector         A reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos.
Seek the LORD and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
SECOND LESSON                                                                   Hebrews 4:12-16
Lector         A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.
The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us pray to God, in whose love and power, all things are possible.

Keep your Church holy, free from desire for earthly wealth and glory. Make your preachers powerful to proclaim your saving word. Guide all who confess your name, that they may walk in the way of your commandments.

Have mercy on all whose wealth in this world holds them back from the knowledge of where true riches are found. Inspire the rulers of wealthy nations to feel compassion for those that are poor. In your mercy, do not send the rich away empty.

Bless us, our families and friends, with desire truly to follow you. Shield us from all temptation, in the strength of Jesus Christ who was tempted like us but lived a fully human life on earth without sin.

We pray for those who have heard your call but failed to follow you. For those who have been unable to fulfill their vocations or have lost their first desire.  Grant wisdom and love to those who guide others to find the right way.

Grant the inheritance of eternal life to those who have followed you here.  Receive them in mercy as they come to your presence, and look upon the image of their great High Priest who has passed before them into heaven.

     [Here other intercessions may be offered.]

We pray in the name of Christ who has made us inheritors of eternal life.  Amen.