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READINGS & PRAYERS | January 22nd-28th, 2018

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We are currently in the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is about God’s revelation where we celebrate the coming of the Magi to honor Jesus, representing Jesus’ mission to bring his good news to all nations under heaven. In Epiphany, we remember Jesus’ earthly life and mission to bring God’s Kingdom among us and to reclaim the world and make it whole again.

Monday Psalm 90 | Genesis14.1-24 | Hebrews 8.1-13 | John 4.43-54

Almighty Father, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart. Direct each thought, each effort of our life, so that the limits of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure the vision of your glory or keep us from from the peace you have promised.

Tuesday Psalm 91 | Genesis 15.1-21 | Hebrews 9.1-14 | John 5.1-18

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works.

Wednesday Psalm 92 | Genesis 16.1-14 | Hebrews 9.15-28 | John 5.19-29

Hear us, O God, i all our deep desires: some we can put into words, most of them we can’t, because we are strangers even to ourselves. Of your mercy answer us, after your will and wisdom, not ours.

Thursday Psalm 93 | Genesis 16.15-17.14 | Hebrews 10.1-10 | John 5.30-47

Almighty God, who knows us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, grant us such strength as may support us, and ask of us such strength as you will yourself supply.

Friday Psalm 94 | Genesis 17.15-27 | Hebrews 10.11-25 | John 6.1-15

Almighty God, who are away, but not far; and silent except for the sound of footsteps on the path beyond, and this ceaseless knocking at the door of our hearts: reveal yourself to us, to each in the way you see fit; that for all our darkness it may be light again, out of our troubles granting us that peace which makes all things peaceful.

Saturday Psalm 95 | Genesis 18.1-16 | Hebrews 10.26-39 | John 6.16-27

Grant us, O God, to be mindful now of your presence, that what we think and say, and all we do,may learn to arrange itself as before your face.

Sunday Psalm 96 | Genesis 18.16-33 | Galatians 5.13-25 | Mark 8.22-30

Lord our God, help us to love you with all our hearts and to love all men as you love them.

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


Q21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

A: One who is truly human and also truly God.



With our voices we cry out to the Lord; with our voices we plead for mercy to the Lord.

We pour out our complaint before him; we tell our trouble before him.

When our spirits faint within us, you know our way!

In the path where we walk we stumble on traps hidden for us.

We cry to you, O Lord; we say, “You are our refuge, our portion in the land of the living.”

(from Psalm 142)


Lord, we confess:

that when you would guide us, we try to take control ourselves;

though you are sovereign, we try to rule;

when we should depend on your provision, we try to supply our own needs;

when we should study, love, honor, and trust you alone, we serve ourselves.

Lord, it is our chief design to bring our hearts back to you.

Convince us that we cannot be our own god or make ourselves happy.

Take away our roving eyes, our curious ears, our greedy appetites, and our lustful hearts.

Show us that none of these things can heal a wounded conscience,

or support a failing frame, or uphold a weak spirit.

Take us to the cross and let us glory in Christ alone, who bore the cross for our sin. Amen.

-Adapted from The Valley of Vision


God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:8-11 ESV)


Stand “firm in your faith,

knowing that the same kinds of suffering

are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

And after you have suffered a little while,

the God of all grace,

who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ,

will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

(1 Peter 5.9-10)

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