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Readings & Prayers | October 30th-November 5th, 2017

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DAILY 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 13 / 2 Kings 21.1-18 / 1 Cor. 10.14-11.1 / Matthew 8.28-34

Lord our God, Father of all, you guard us under the shadow of your wings and search into the depths of our hearts. Remove the blindness that cannot know you and relieve the fear that would hide us from your sight.

Tuesday | Reformation Day

Psalm 14 / Isaiah 55.1-11 / Revelation 14.6-7 / Matthew 11.12-15

Almighty God, who, through the preaching of your servants, the blessed reformers, has caused the light of the gospel to shine forth: grant, we beseech you, that, knowing its saving power, we may faithfully guard and defend it against all enemies and joyfully proclaim it.

Wednesday | All Saints Day

Psalm 15 / Isaiah 25.6-9 / Hebrews 11.32-12.2 / Revelation 21.1-4, 22-22.5

O Almighty God, who has knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys which you have prepared for those who unfeignedly love you.

Thursday  Psalm 16 / 2 Kings 23.4-25 / 1 Corinthians 12.1-11 / Matt. 9.18-26

We thank you, O God, for your Holy Spirit, who incites us to to true knowledge of you. We humbly entreat you for your Son’s sake to illumine our hearts with your Holy Spirit that we may truly call upon you, sincerely believe in your, give thanks to you, and obey.

Friday  Psalm 17 / 2 Kings 23.36-24.17 / 1 Corinthians 12.12-26 / Matthew 9.27-34

God, we thank you for this love haunted world! No unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto your name give glory, for your mercy and for your truth’s sake.

Saturday  Psalm 18 / Jeremiah 35.1-19 / 1 Cor. 12.27-13.3 / Matt. 9.35-10.4

Almighty and everlasting God, inspire your Church, we beseech you, to see – as you see – everything reconciled in the unity of your love; to discern your gracious goodness, beneath every veil; and to behold all things working together for good.

Sunday   Psalm 19 / Jeremiah 36.1-10 / Acts 14.8-18 / Luke 7.36-50

Almighty and ever-living God, strengthen our faith, hope, and love. May we do with loving hearts what you ask of us and come to share the life you promise. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

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


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q9: What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

A: First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY


CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountain are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh 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, and the sheep of his hand.

(Psalm 95.1-7)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, eternal Father, we acknowledge and confess to you that we were born in unrighteousness. Our life is full of sin and transgression; we have not gladly believed your Word nor followed your holy commandments. For your goodness’ sake and for your name’s sake, be gracious unto us, we pray, and forgive us all our sin, which is very great. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

This saying is true and we should believe it: that Christ Jesus came into the world to rescue sinners. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might be dead to sin and alive to all that is good. To all those who repent and believe, therefore, you have forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


CLOSING SCRIPTURE

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2.5-11)

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