Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his mercy endures for ever.
2Who can declare the mighty acts of the Lord
or show forth all his praise?
3Happy are those who act with justice
and always do what is right!
4Remember me, O Lord, with the favor you have
for your people,
and visit me with your saving help;
5That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
6We have sinned as our forebears did;
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works,
nor remember the abundance of your love;
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them for his Names sake,
to make his power known.
9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up,
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10He saved them from the hand of those who hated them
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11The waters covered their oppressors;
not one of them was left.
12Then they believed his words
and sang him songs of praise.
13But they soon forgot his deeds
and did not wait for his counsel.
14A craving seized them in the wilderness,
and they put God to the test in the desert.
15He gave them what they asked,
but sent leanness into their soul.
16They envied Moses in the camp,
and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
17The earth opened and swallowed Dathan
and covered the company of Abiram.
18Fire blazed up against their company,
and flames devoured the wicked.
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.