In Our Time (Fourth Sunday After Epiphany)

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect of the Day)

Nations fall about us;
Empires fail and kings deceive.
The great stand up against us and
We are but children with small lips.

In our time: speak to us.
In our time: grant us peace.

Our home towns mouth their gossip;
Our voices sound like toneless gongs.
Our smallness stands between us and
The greatness of Your task.

In our time: grant us peace.
In our time: be our strength.

Our enemies, they rage about us,
Sure of what we should have done.
Lepers die and widows starve;
The world declares our failure.

In our time: be our strength.
In our time: reveal Your grace.

We run to You for refuge;
We hide within Your rock.
Send us out again in strength;
We quake before the task.

In our time: let love not cease.
In our time: remove our shame.
Speak through us and grant us peace.
In your time, Lord: grant Your peace.

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