How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of thine anointed! For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in thee!
The Convention of the Diocese of East Carolina convenes today and will continue through the weekend.
Look down, please, on your delegates to the East Carolina Diocesan Convention. May the convention be your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts. May the souls of the delegates long and even faint for your courts; may their hearts and their very flesh sing for joy to you. May they ever sing your praise. May their strength be in you. As they travel, may they find refreshment. May they go from strength to strength.
Please hear our prayers, Father. Look upon their faces. May they seek to humbly serve you. Be to them their sun and shield. Bestow on them your favor and blessings. May they walk uprightly. May they trust in you alone.
We pray this prayer only through our faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Thank you, Father, for the faith that you have given us. Amen.