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Readings & Prayers for July 30th-August 6th, 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 125 | Joshua 7.1-13 | Romans 13.8-14 | Matthew 26.36-46

God our Father, gifts without measure flow from your goodness to bring us your peace. Our life is your gift. Guide our life’s journey, for only your love makes us whole. Keep us strong in your love.

Tuesday  Psalm 126 | Joshua 8.1-22 | Romans 14.1-12 | Matthew 26.47-56

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask.

Wednesday  Psalm 127 | Joshua 8.30-35 | Romans 14.13-23 | Matthew 26.57-68

O God, the Protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy, increase and multiply your mercy on us that with you as our Ruler and Guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose note the things eternal.

Thursday  Psalm 128 | Joshua 9.3-21 | Romans 15.1-13 | Matthew 26.69-75

O Almighty God, kindle, we beseech thee, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the actions of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love.

Friday  Psalm 129 | Joshua 9.22-10.15 | Romans 15.14-24 | Matthew 27.1-10

Cleanse us, O God, and deliver us from all other fears save that fear of your name, which is the coming among us of your holy love.

Saturday  Psalm 130 | Joshua 23.1-16 | Romans 15.25-33 | Matthew 27.11-23

Lord of life, speak now to our waiting souls through your word and may every word we read be to grow us in holiness and obedience in Christ.

Sunday  Psalm 131 | Joshua 24.1-15 | Acts 28.23-31 | Mark 2.23-28

Almighty and ever-living God, your Spirit made us your children, confident to call you Father. Increase your Spirit within us and bring us to our promised inheritance.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q48: What is the church?

A: God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!

Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.

(Revelation 15.3-4)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, of ourselves we are unworthy to come into your presence, because our sins are many.

We do not deserve any grace or mercy from you, if you dealt with us as we deserve.

We have sinned against you, O Lord, and we have offended you.

And yet, O Lord, as we acknowledge our sins and offenses, so also do we acknowledge you to be a merciful God, a loving and favorable Father, to all who turn to you.

And so we humbly ask you, for the sake of Christ your son,

to show mercy to us, and forgive us all our offenses.

Forgive the sins of our youth, and the sins of our old age.

By your Spirit, O God, take possession of our hearts, so that, not only the actions of our life, but also the words of our mouths, and the smallest thought of our minds, may be guided and governed by you.

We confess our sins and pray for mercy in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.

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

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

The Lord is a great God, good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon him. In Christ, you are forgiven.


CLOSING SCRIPTURE

He has told you, O man, what is good;  and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6.8)

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