Morning Prayer: Thu, 20 Oct – Psalm 119:118-120; Nehemiah 8:9; James 3:3-8 ~ when trembling is a good thing

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

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:118-120 (NLT)

You have rejected all who stray from your decrees. They are only fooling themselves. You skim off the wicked of the earth like scum; no wonder I love to obey your laws! I tremble in fear of you; I stand in awe of your regulations.

Reading: Nehemiah 8:9 (NLT)

Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

Reading: James 3:3-8 (NLT)


Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

The fear of the Lord can help us… to be directed in the particular path that will best help us in our own journey with God. The paths may be as varied as the people! Specific obedience us what is required.

Celtic Daily Prayer – Aidan Readings for 20 Oct.


PrayerSaint Piran (sixth century) “A Call to New Beginnings”

Dare me to follow You, and I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.

+ When things seem good and all my work yields harvest, and service at last is crowned with rich success, when all my work is bathed in earthly glory, help me to remember my beginning and my end is You.

Set me to following You. I will obey Your truth. Always keep me faithful.

+ Help me remember, Lord, that You are Alpha and Omega, that all the story lies within Your hands. You are at my beginning and ending.

Calling me on… and on.

“Here In Your Presence” – New Life Worship


May the peace of the Lord Jesus 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 the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!