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Readings & Prayers | November 13th-19th, 2017

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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 27 / Jeremiah 44.1-14 / 1 Cor. 15.30-41 / Matt. 11.16-24

Father in heaven, God of power and Lord of mercy, from whose fullness we have received, direct our steps in our everyday efforts. May the changing moods of the human heart and the limits which our failings impose on hope never blind us to you, source of every good. Faith gives us the promise of peace and makes known the demands of love. Remove the selfishness that blurs the vision of faith.

Tuesday    Psalm 28 / Lamentations 1.1-12 / 1 Cor. 15.41-50 / Matt. 11.25-30

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your name.

Wednesday  Psalm 29 / Lamentations 2.8-15 / 1 Cor. 15.51-58 / Matt. 12.1-14

Almighty God, we pray, show your humble servants your mercy that we, who put no trust in our own merits, may be dealt with not according to the severity of your judgment but according to your mercy.

Thursday   Psalm 30 / Ezra 1.1-11 / 1 Corinthians 16.1-9 / Matthew 12.15-21

God our Father, glorious in giving life and even more glorious in restoring it: in his last night on earth your Son knew anguish and deep sorrow. Do not turn away from us, or we shall fall back into dust; but rather turn our mourning into joy by raising us up with your Son, Christ our Lord.

Friday  Psalm 31 / Ezra 3.1-13 / 1 Corinthians 16.10-24 / Matthew 12.22-32

God of kindness and truth, you saved your chosen one, Jesus Christ, and you give your martyrs strength. Watch over your people who come to you now, and strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you, that they may proclaim your saving acts of kindness.

Saturday   Psalm 32 / Ezra 4.7, 11-24 / Philemon 1-25 / Matthew 12.33-42

O Almighty God, who has made your children to be one in the knowledge of yourself, grant that they may also be joined together in unity of spirit, and of holy desire, that they may serve you in quiet freedom; and that, in their whole spirit, soul and body, they may be temples fit for you.

Sunday  Psalm 33 / Haggai 1.1-2.9 / Acts 18.24-19.7 / Luke 10.25-37

God of power and mercy, protect us from all harm. Give us freedom of spirit and health in mind and body to do your work on earth.

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


Q11: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

A: Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.



The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand; you satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

(Psalm 145.15-21)


Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you.

We easily judge those who approach you as unworthy: too sinful, too lost, too messy, too broken.

We wallow in self-righteousness, choking on pride.

We have been forgiven beyond measure and yet we do not forgive readily.

We have been loved beyond what we could ever comprehend and yet we love little.

We glut ourselves on your provisions for us and yet are slow to share our plenty with those in want.

We have spent our money and worked for that which doesn’t satisfy.

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


Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55.1-2)


Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

and his Bride has made herself ready;

it was granted her to clothe herself

with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

(Revelation 19:6-9)

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