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Readings & Prayers for the week of July 2nd-8th, 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 97 | Numbers 16.1-19 | Romans 3.21-31 | Matthew 19.13-22

Father in the rising of your Son death gives birth to new life. The sufferings he endured restored hope to a fallen world. Let sin never ensnare us with empty promises of passing joy. Make us one with you always, so that our joy may be holy, and our love may give life.

Tuesday  Psalm 98 | Numbers 16.20-35 | Romans 4.1-12 | Matthew 19.23-30

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set up on the sure foundation of your loving-kindness.

Wednesday Psalm 99 | Numbers 16.36-50 | Romans 4.13-25 | Matt. 20.1-16

O God, because you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding, pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire.

Thursday  Psalm 100 | Numbers 17.1-11 | Romans 5.1-11 | Matthew 20.17-28

Let us pray for the churches throughout the world for their truth, unity, and stability; that charity may flourish and truth may abound in  them all; and for our own church,, that what is unsound in it may be corrected and what is lacking may be supplied.

Friday  Psalm 101 | Numbers 20.1-13 | Romans 5.12-21 | Matthew 20.29-34

You see us, O God, that we have need. And you are open to the multitude of our prayers. Of your wisdom grant us such things as we should have, and grant us grace to use these gifts in accordance with your good providence, for the building up of the body, and for the common good.

Saturday  Psalm 102 | Numbers 20.14-29 | Romans 6.1-11 | Matthew 21.1-11

We thank you, Father, for your Word, the Scripture, and we thank you for its reading, and its hearing. We ask now, Lord, that your Word be fulfilled in this meditation and the way in which we live our lives.

Sunday  Psalm 103 | Numbers 21.4-35 | Acts 17.12-34 | Luke 13.10-17

God our Father, your light of truth guides us to the way of Christ. May all who follow him reject what is contrary to the gospel.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q44: What is baptism?

A: Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

The Lord reigns; let the people tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the people.

Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!

The King in his might loves justice.

You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness…

Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

(from Psalm 99)

PRAYER

Our Father, each day is a little life, each night a tiny death;

help us to live with faith and hope and love.

Lift our duty above drudgery;

let not our strength fail, or the vision fade, in the heat and burden of the day.

O God make us patient…one with another in the fret and jar of life,

remembering that each fights a hard fight and walks a lonely way.

Forgive us, O Lord, if we hurt our fellow souls;

teach us a gentler tone, a sweeter charity of words,

and a more healing touch. Amen.

(Joseph Fort Newton, 1876-1950)

CONFESSION

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.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

“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.

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3.16-18)

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