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Readings & Prayers | October 9th-15th, 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 142 / 1 Kings 21.1-16 / 1 Corinthians 1.1-19 / Matthew 4.1-11

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in your unbounded mercy you have revealed the beauty of your power through your constant forgiveness of our sins. May the power of this love be in our hearts to bring your pardon and your kingdom to all we meet.

Tuesday  Psalm 143 / 1 King 21.17-29 / 1 Corinthians 1.20-31 / Matt. 4.12-17

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts.

Wednesday  Psalm 144 / 1 Kings 22.1-28 / 1 Cor. 2.1-13 / Matthew 4.18-25

Keep, we pray you, O Lord, your Church with your perpetual mercy; and because without you we cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation.

Thursday   Psalm 145 / 1 Kings 22.29-45 / 1 Cor. 2.14-3.15 / Matthew 5.1-10

Almighty God, you who call me to prayer, and who offer yourself to all who seek your face, pour out your Holy Spirit upon be today and deliver me from coldness of heart, a wandering mind, and wrongful desire. By the power of your spirit place within me steadfast love and devotion, so that today I may worship and serve you with all of my life.

Friday  Psalm 146 / 2 Kings 1.2-17 / 1 Corinthians 3.16-23 / Matthew 5.11-16

Show us, O God, as much of your purpose, because we have it, as shall steady us. We do not ask that the way be made smooth, or even that you would be bestow upon us now the strength which you have promised. We ask only for the grace to use what you have already provided in Christ.

Saturday  Psalm 147 / 2 Kings 2.1-18 / 1 Corinthians 4.1-17 / Matt. 5.17-20

Lord God, Heavenly Father, from whom we receive without ceasing all manner of good so superabundantly, and by whom we are protected daily from all evil so graciously, we pray, grant us to acknowledge all this through your Spirit with our whole heart in truth faith, so that we may thank and praise your blessed goodness and mercy both now and eternally.

Sunday  Psalm 148 / 2 Kings 4.8-37 / Acts 9.10-31 / Luke 3.7-18

Father, your love for us surpasses all our hopes and desires. Forgive our failings, keep us in your peace and lead us in the way of salvation.

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


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q6: How can we glorify God?

A: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and obeying his will, commands, and law.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;

holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.

(Psalm 93)


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal and merciful God, you have loved us with a love beyond our understanding,

and you have set us on paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.

Yet, we have strayed from your way;

we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

through what we have done and what we have left undone,

and we have wandered from your pathway.

As we remember the cleansing water of baptism, O God,

we praise you and give you thanks that you forgive us yet again.

Grant us now, we pray, the grace to die daily to sin, and to rise daily to new life in Christ,

who lives and reigns with you, and in whose strong name we pray. Amen.

(A confession on the occasion of baptism, adapted from John Calvin by Reformed Worship)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 7.24-25, 8.1-4)


CLOSING SCRIPTURE

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive an inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3.23-24)


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