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Readings & Prayers for August 6th-12th, 2018

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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 132 | Joshua 24.16-33 | Romans 16.1-16 | Matthew 27.24-31

Father, we come, reborn in the Spirit, to celebrate our sonship in the Lord Jesus Christ. Touch our hearts, help them grow toward the life you have promised. Touch our lives, make them signs of your love for all people.

Tuesday Psalm 133 | Judges 2.1-23 | Romans 16.17-27 | Matthew 27.32-44

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal.

Wednesday Psalm 134 | Judges 3.12-30 | Acts 1.1-14 | Matthew 27.45-54

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Thursday Psalm 135 | Judges 4.4-23 | Acts 1.15-26 | Matthew 27.55-66

O God, the same yesterday, today, and forever, help us to realize your Providence and its everlasting laws, in whatsoever comes to pass. We see you within the order which you have made, and we believe in the Presence that hems us in before and behind.

Friday Psalm 136 | Judges 5.1-18 | Acts 2.1-21 | Matthew 28.1-10

O God, who in your Son came among us, and in him will come again, of your mercy grant us not to shrink from your presence, but to rejoice in it.

Saturday Psalm 137 | Judges 5.19-31 | Acts 2. 22-36 | Matthew 28.11-20

Prepare our hearts, O God, to receive your Word of truth and salvation. Give us listening ears and hearing minds so that the impulse of your Holy Spirit may make us spiritually steady and morally strong.

Sunday Psalm 138 | Judges 6.1-24 | 2 Corinthians 9.6-15 | Mark 3.20-30

God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imagining.

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


Q49: Where is Christ now?

A: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world



Bless the Lord, O my soul,  and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all our iniquity,

who heals all our diseases, who redeems our lives from the pit,

who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies us with good

so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

(from Psalms 103 & 95)


Father God, we are grateful that you include us

in your story of redemption, told since the beginning of the world.

Grant that we would let your story shape us; give us eyes to see how your peace and truth

are at work in the broken world around us. For this, O Lord, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.

Christ Jesus, you intervened in our world

so that we might have a king who knew poverty, and a savior who knew pain.

Make us sensitive to the hurt and hopeless among us:

give us courage to live and walk with them as you lived and walked with us.

For this, O Lord, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.       

Spirit of God, who spoke to the prophets, speak now to our hearts; comfort and sustain us.

Bring peace to homes and neighborhoods torn by conflict;

bring healing to people and lands damaged by injustice.

Grant that we would live out the story of God’s forgiveness in our daily lives,

in places of deep hurt and injury, confident that the God of creation will make us

and the world around us new. For this, O Lord, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.


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.


The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. (Psalm 103.8-13)

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