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Readings & Prayers | June 11th-17th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

The season after Pentecost is sometimes called Ordinary Time. This is a chance for the church to reflect on how the gospel works into the nooks and crannies of ordinary life. As such, it marks the longest portion of the Christian year.

Monday  Psalm 76 | Ecclesiastes 2.1-15 | Galatians 1.1-17 | Matthew 13.44-52

God our Father, we rejoice in the faith that draws us together, aware that selfishness can drive us apart. Let your encouragement be our constant strength. Keep us one in the love that has sealed our lives, help us to live as one family the gospel we profess.

Tuesday  Psalm 77 | Ecclesiastes 2.16-26 | Galatians 1.18-2.10 | Matt. 13.53-58

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us.

Wednesday Psalm 78 | Ecclesiastes 3.1-15 | Galatians 2.11-21 | Matt. 14.1-12

O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, your humble servants, that by your holy inspiration we may think the things that are right and by your merciful guiding accomplish them.

Thursday  Psalm 79 | Ecclesiastes 3.16-4.3 | Galatians 3.1-14 | Matt. 14.13-21

Almighty and Holy Spirit, comforter, pure, living, true-illumine, govern, sanctify me, and confirm my heart and mind in the faith, and in all genuine consolation; preserve and rule over me so that dwelling in the house of the Lord, al the days of my life, I may behold the Lord and praise him with a joyful spirit, and in union with all the church.

Friday  Psalm 80 | Ecclesiastes 5.1-7 | Galatians 3.15-22 | Matthew 14.22-36

Lord God, you so tend the vine you planted that it now extends its branches even to the farthest shore. Keep us in your Son as branches on the vine, that, rooted firmly in your love we may testify before the whole world to your great power working everywhere.

Saturday Psalm 81 | Ecclesiastes 5.8-20 | Galatians 3.23-4.11 | Matt. 15.1-20

O Lord, the source of eternal light: shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship give you glory.

Sunday  Psalm 82 | Ecclesiastes 6.1-12 | Acts 10.9-23 | Luke 12.32-40

Father, guide and protector of your people, grant us an unfailing respect for your name, and keep us always in your love. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q41: What is the Lord’s Prayer?

A: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

FROM SUNDAY’S WORSHIP

CALL TO WORSHIP

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above, proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pour out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them your servants are warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, our rock and our redeemer!

(from Psalm 19)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, everlasting and merciful Father,

we were born into a broken world and were sinful from the moment of our birth.

To you we confess and acknowledge our sins and transgressions.

We have not believed your Word

and we have wandered from your way;

we find ourselves lost and in need of your grace.

In your mercy and goodness remember, O Lord,

those who are gathered here to follow Christ.

Remember not the sins of our youth or our rebellious ways,

But for the sake of your goodness and your name, O Lord,

forgive our sins, though they are many, and be merciful to us.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. In Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5.14-15)

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