Venite – a Song of Triumph

1    O come, let us sing to the Lord;  

let us heartily rejoice in the rock of our salvation.

2    Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving  

and be glad in him with psalms.

3    For the Lord is a great God  

and a great king above all gods.

4    In his hand are the depths of the earth  

and the heights of the mountains are his also.

5    The sea is his, for he made it,  

and his hands have moulded the dry land.

6    Come, let us worship and bow down  

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7    For he is our God;  

we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

The canticle may end here with ‘Glory to the Father...’

8    O that today you would listen to his voice:  

‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,

    on that day at Massah in the wilderness,

9    ‘When your forebears tested me, and put me to the proof,  

though they had seen my works.

10  ‘Forty years long I detested that generation and said,  

“This people are wayward in their hearts;

    they do not know my ways.”

11  ‘So I swore in my wrath,  

“They shall not enter into my rest.”’

Psalm 95

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.