Morning Prayer, Thursday, 9th Day of Christmas: 1 John 2:22-28; Psalm 98:1-4; John 1:19-28 ~ while you were sleeping

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

You will find the Lord Your God if you seek Him with all your heart… all your soul… all your mind… and all your strength.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Morning readings

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1 John 2:22-28 NLT:

And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.

I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true — it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

Psalm 98:1-4 NLT:

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation! He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

John 1:19-28 NLT:

This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”

“No.”

Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”

John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”

Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”

John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

Reflection/Prayer:

“While You Were Sleeping”Casting Crowns

Oh little town of Bethlehem / Looks like another silent night / Above your deep and dreamless sleep / A giant star lights up the sky / And while you’re lying in the dark / There shines an everlasting light / For the King has left His throne / And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping / For God became a man / And stepped into your world today / Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history / As a city with no room for its King / While you were sleeping / While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem / Looks like another silent night / The Father gave His only Son / The Way, the Truth, the Life had come / But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping / The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today / Jerusalem, you will go down in history / As a city with no room for its King / While you were sleeping / While you were sleeping

United States of America / Looks like another silent night / As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies / That save the trees and kill the children / And while we’re lying in the dark / There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky / For the Bridegroom has returned / And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping / Will Jesus come again / And leave us slumbering where we lay / America, will we go down in history / As a nation with no room for its King / Will we be sleeping / Will we be sleeping

United States of America / Looks like another silent night

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the USCCB Daily Readings and the format from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com. The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you.



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