Morning Prayer: Tue, 10 Jan – Psalm 103:8-14; Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 15:17-24 ~ loving and forgiving

Tuesday of First Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Opening Sentence

This day is Your gift to me;
I take it, Lord, from Your hand
and thank You for the wonder of it.
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Reading: Psalm 103:8-14 (NLT)

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
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Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NLT)

The Lord gave me this message:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!

Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”
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Reading: Luke 15:17-24 (NLT)

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“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
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Prayer:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

+ Lord: You are compassionate and merciful; You do not punish me as I deserve
+ Lord: Your unfailing love and forgiveness is limitless for those who fear and honor You

Sovereign Lord: put Your words in my mouth; stay with me and protect me.
+ Show me when to uproot and tear down – false gods and ideologies
+ Show me when to build up and plant – righteousness and justice

Merciful Father: Make me painfully aware of my sins against You and those You love.
+ Remind me that I am the prodigal son and the older brother all rolled into one
+ Humble me before Your throne of grace and strip away any illusions of worthiness

Mighty God: You know how weak I am, and You have numbered my days. Extend Your saving love towards me and my children’s children. May we remain faithful to Your covenant and obedient to Your word. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“Loving and Forgiving” – Scott Soper


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Blessing

On the path that is before you, may you have companions on the journey, may you find Christ in the stranger, and may you know the love and blessing of God.

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



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