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Readings & Prayers | October 1st-8th

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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 135 / 1 Kings 13.1-10 / Philippians 1.1-11 / Mark 15.40-47

Father in heaven, the perfection of justice is found in your love and all mankind is in need of your law. Help us to find this love in each other that justice may be realized here on earth as in heaven.

Tuesday  Psalm 136 / 1 King 16.23-34 / Philippians 1.12-30 / Mark 16.1-20

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy.

Wednesday  Psalm 137 / 1 Kings 17.1-24 / Philippians 2.1-11 / Matt. 2.1-12

O God, without whose blessing we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and govern our hearts.

Thursday  Psalm 138 / 1 Kings 18.1-19 / Philippians 2.12-30 / Matt. 2.13-23

O Shepherd of the sheep, who promised to carry the lambs in your arms, and to lead us by still waters, help us to know the peace which passes all understanding. Give us to drink that heavenly draught which is life, the calm patience which is content to bear what God gives. Lead us gently when we pass through the valley of the shadow of death. Guide us until we find rest evermore.

Friday  Psalm 139 / 1 Kings 18.20-40 / Philippians 3.1-16 / Matthew 3.1-12

Keep our faces, O God, toward the coming of your kingdom; and grant us, against every repeated assault, to choose your way, and not our own, that we may rest in the certainty of your triumph.

Saturday  Psalm 140 / 1 Kings 18.41-19.8 / Phil. 3.17-4.7 / Matt. 3.13-17

Most merciful Lord, may your grace work within us to the farthest end, conforming us in all things unto yourself. We desire only that which is acceptable to you, while we wait patiently for whatsoever you ordain. May our wills be increasingly one with your own.

Sunday  Psalm 141 / 1 Kings 19.8-21 / Acts 5.34-42 / John 11.45-57

Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hurry toward the eternal life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.

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


Q5: What else did God create?

A: God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.



Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep;

man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,

and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

(from Psalm 36)


O Lord, open our lips.

And our mouths shall proclaim Your praise.

From the love of our own comfort—

From the fear of having nothing—

From a life of worldly passions—

Deliver us, O God.

From the need to be understood—

From the need to be accepted—

From the fear of being lonely—

Deliver us, O God.

From the fear of serving others—

From the fear of death or trial—

From the fear of humility—

Deliver us, O God.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Hear the words of our Savior:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.” Come, then, for all is ready.

We come not because we are righteous, but because we are penitent,

not because we are sufficient, but because we are in need,

not because we are strong, but because we are weak,

not because we are whole, but because we are broken.

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