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Readings & Prayers for June 25th-July 1st, 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 90 | Numbers 9.15-10.36 | Romans 1.1-15 | Matthew 17.14-21

Father in heaven, the light of Jesus has scattered the darkness of hatred and sin. Called to that light we ask for your guidance. Form our lives in your truth, our hearts in your love. 

Tuesday  Psalm 91 | Numbers 11.1-23 | Romans 1.16-25 | Matthew 17.22-27

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion.

Wednesday Psalm 92 | Numbers 11.24-35 | Romans 1.28-2.11 | Matt. 18.1-9

O Lord, whose gracious presence never fails to guide and govern those whom you have nurtured in your steadfast love and worship, make us ever revere and adore your holy name.

Thursday  Psalm 93 | Numbers 12.1-16 | Romans 2.12-24 | Matthew 18.10-20

O God, who by your Holy Spirit did at first establish a Church, and who, by sanctifying it by the same Spirit, still preserves and governs it; hear the prayers of your servants, and mercifully grant us the perpetual assistance of your grace, that we may never be deceived by any false spirit, nor overcome by the suggestions of flesh and blood, but in all our doubts may be directed in the ways of truth, and in all our actions guided by this Holy Spirit.

Friday  Psalm 94 | Numbers 13.1-30 | Romans 2.25-3.8 | Matthew 18.21-35

You have called us into your presence, O God. Be therefore light for our darkness, and strength for every high purpose wherein we are weak. 

Saturday  Psalm 95 | Numbers 13.31-14.25 | Romans 3.9-20 | Matt. 19.1-12

Prepare our hearts, O Lord, to accept your word. Silence in us any voice but yours, that hearing, we may also obey your will.

Sunday  Psalm 96 | Numbers 14.26-45 | Acts 15.1-12 | Luke 12.49-56

Father, through the obedience of Jesus, your servant and your Son, you raised a fallen world. Free us from sin and bring us the joy that lasts forever.


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


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q43: What are the sacraments or ordinances?

A: The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us. 


FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you with his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

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

For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep of his hand.

(from Zephaniah 3 and Psalm 95)


APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


CLOSING SCRIPTURE
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled… (Hebrews 12:11–15)

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