1Hallelujah! 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 Name’s 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.