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Readings and Prayers for July 9th-16th

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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 104 | Numbers 22.1-21 | Romans 6.12-23 | Matthew 21.12-22

Father, let the light of your truth guide us to your kingdom through a world filled with lights contrary to your own. Christian is the name and the gospel we glory in. May your love make us what you have called us to be.

Tuesday  Psalm 105 | Numbers 22.21-38 | Romans 7.1-12 | Matthew 21.23-32

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you.

Wednesday Psalm 106 | Num. 22.41-23.12 | Romans 7.13-25 | Matt. 21.33-46

Grant, Lord, that the course of this world may be so governed by your direction that your Church may rejoice in serving you in godly peace and quietness.

Thursday  Psalm 107 | Numbers 23.11-26 | Romans 8.1-11 | Matthew 22.1-14

Lord God, you fill the hungry with good things and break the sinner’s chains. Hear your people who call to you in their need, and lead your Church from the shadows of death. Gather us from sunset to sunrise, that we may grow together in faith and love, and may give thanks for your kindness in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday  Psalm 108 | Numbers 24.1-13 | Romans 8.12-17 | Matthew 22.15-22

Grant us, O God, to hear your voice; and in hearing your voice, to love your Word; and in loving your Word, to do your will. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Saturday  Psalm 109 | Numbers 24.12-25 | Romans 8.18-25 | Matt. 22.23-40

Father, grant us insight, so that we may look deep into your Word, and not cling to superficial or shallow understandings. Grant us to focus that we may not be mesmerized by shadows or illusions, but concentrate on the substance of your word.

Sunday  Psalm 110 | Numbers 27.12-23 | Acts 19.11-20 | Mark 1.14-20

Lord, be merciful to your people. Fill us with your gifts and make us always eager to serve you in faith, hope, and love.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

A: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and stars, which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of us, and the people of this earth that you care for them?

Yet you have made us a little lower than the angels and crowned mankind with glory and honor.

You have given us dominion over the works of your hands to tend and steward.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

(from Psalm 8)

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord God, help us to love you enough to humble ourselves before one another,

confessing those things that we have said and done that have damaged our brothers and sisters.

Help us to conquer the fears that have paralyzed us for generations;

help us to wash one another’s wounds and become the healing community that you died for.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

As we have confessed our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In the name of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven.

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. For you were called to freedom…only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5.1, 13-14)

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