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Readings & Prayers | June 4th-10th, 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 69 | Proverbs 10.1-12 | 1 Timothy 1.1-17 | Matthew 12.22-32

Father in heaven, words cannot measure the boundaries of love for those born to new life in Christ Jesus. Raise us beyond the limits world imposes, so that we may be free to love as Christ teaches and find our joy in your glory.

Tuesday Psalm 70 | Proverbs 15.16-33 | 1 Timothy 1.18-2.15 | Matt. 12.33-42

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity.

Wednesday  Psalm 71 | Proverbs 17.1-20 | 1 Timothy 3.1-16 | Matt. 12.43-50

O God, whose never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth, put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things that are profitable for us.

Thursday  Psalm 72 | Proverbs 21.30-22.6 | 1 Timothy 4.1-16 | Matt. 13.24-30

Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty.

Friday  Psalm 73 | Proverbs 23.19-24.2 | 1 Timothy 5.17-25 | Matt. 13.31-35

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.

Saturday Psalm 74 | Proverbs 25.15-28 | 1 Timothy 6.6-21 | Matt. 13.36-43

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead us through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help us constantly to rest our lives upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save us from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil.

Sunday  Psalm 75 | Ecclesiastes 1.1-11 | Acts 8.26-40 | Luke 11.1-13

Almighty God, our hope and our strength, without you we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to your will.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q40: What should we pray?

A: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,

but the earth he has given to the children of man.

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down in silence.

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

Praise the Lord!

(from Psalm 115)

RESPONSIVE PRAYER

Father in heaven, give us the kind love you possess.

We do not have it within ourselves. We need you to give it to us.

Answer us in your love.

We want to love freely, without counting the cost, but that is not natural.

We do not have it within ourselves. We need you to give it to us.

Answer us in your love.

We want to bless, with joy and self-sacrifice, not considering our own wants,

but we do not have it within ourselves. We need you to give it to us.

Answer us in your love.

Give us your love in abundance.

Please, God, grant our request, and make us a shining beacon, radiant with the generosity of Jesus.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

(adapted from Canyon Road)

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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