Praying the Psalms: Tue, 31 Jul – Psalm 27 ~ the Lord is our light and our salvation

Praying the Psalms

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

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.

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

Morning Reading: Psalm 27 (NLT)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.

Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You are the Strength of our lives; our confidence is in you alone –

+ You, O Lord, enable us to stand strong in the fury of the storm
+ You, O Lord, satisfy us during times of great deprivation
+ You, O Lord, remain with us when all others have abandoned us
+ You, O Lord, vindicate us when others lie and and slander us

O Lord our God: Our heart’s desire is to live forever in the beauty of your presence –

+ Your Light reveals the reality of our sinfulness and your salvation
+ Your Faithfulness reminds us of our experiences of your goodness
+ Your Love renews our souls and fills us with unending joy
+ Your Glory refreshes our delight in all that is good, and true, and beautiful

O Lord our God: Replace our fears with faith, our dejection with confidence, and our timidity with courage and praise through your Son, Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“He’s Able” (Psalm 27) – Indiana Bible College


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

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

Praying the Psalms: Mon, 30 Jul – Psalm 26 ~ Lord, test our integrity.

Praying the Psalms

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

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.

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

Morning Reading: Psalm 26 (NLT)

Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.

  • I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites.
  • I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.
  • I wash my hands to declare my innocence.
  • I come to your altar, O Lord, singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders.
  • I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells.

Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners. Don’t condemn me along with murderers. Their hands are dirty with evil schemes, and they constantly take bribes. But I am not like that; I live with integrity.

So redeem me and show me mercy.  Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: your standard for integrity is your Son, Jesus Christ; help us grow up into him –

+ that we might live in your truth and follow in his footsteps
+ that our hearts may be pure and our lives made holy
+ that we might choose good, honest, companions to be with us
+ that our joy in worship and service might increase
+ that we might confidently trust in your justice and mercy

O Lord our God: we confess that our lives are in our gracious hands to do with as you will. Look upon your Son, Jesus Christ, when you consider us – for it is in him alone that we live and move and have our being. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.
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“Psalm 26 (Declare Me Innocent)” – Randy Gordon


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

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

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – 29 July – Mark 6:45-52 – Take courage! I am here!

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

O God, you are our ever-present help in times of trouble. Pour out your Spirit on your people in every tribe and nation, that we may live courageously and do the work you have called us to do. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Betzet Yisrael” (Psalm 114) – Miqedem


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Gospel Reading: Mark 6:45-52 (NLT)

Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw him.

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
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Prayers of Intercession:

O Lord our God: Nothing escapes your notice; no thought, or word, or deed is hidden from you. Hear your peoples’ cries for help as we pray in faith –

+ For all church leaders, that we might be led by your Spirit and guided by your Word….
+ For all church workers, that we might do our part using the gifts you have given us….
+ For all believers, that we might grow in unity and patience towards one another….
+ For all who are fearful, that we might take courage in your unfailing love….
+ For all who are sick, that we might experience your miraculous healing power….
+ For all who have died in Christ, that they might live in your perfect peace forever….

Strengthen your people, O Lord, and grant our prayers for unity and faith that we might continue to grow into maturity as measured by your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God. for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Not Afraid” – Red Rocks Worship

I have this confidence because | I’ve seen the faithfulness of God
The still inside the storm | The promise of the shore
I trust the power of Your word | Enough to seek Your kingdom first
Beyond the barren place | Beyond the ocean waves

When I walk through the waters, I won’t be overcome
When I go through the rivers, I will not be drowned
My God will make a way, so I am not afraid

You keep the promises You make | There isn’t one that is delayed
So I will not lose heart | Here, I will lift my arms
And start to sing into the night | My praise will call the sun to rise
Declare the battle won | Declare that it is done

When I walk through the waters, I won’t be overcome
When I go through the rivers, I will not be drowned
My God will make a way, so I am not afraid
When I am in the fire, I will not feel the flames
I’ll stand before the giant, declaring victory
My God will make a way, so I am not afraid

Before me, behind me | Always beside me
No shadow, no valley | Where You won’t find me
No, I am not afraid
Before me, behind me | Always beside me
No shadow, no valley | Where You won’t find me
No, I am not afraid | No, I am not afraid

My God will make a way, so I am not afraid
No, I am not afraid, no, I am not afraid
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Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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

Praying the Psalms: Sat, 28 Jul – Psalm 25 ~ I give my life to you.

Praying the Psalms

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

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.

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

Morning Reading: Psalm 25 (NLT)

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.

The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.

O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Our lives are in your hands, we trust you –

+ For you guide and teach all who seek you
+ For you care for the humble and afflicted
+ For your ways are merciful and true
+ For you give our souls rest and refuge
+ For you include us in your covenant love
+ For you will never put us to shame as we wait on you

O Lord our God: Remember us in the light of your unfailing love –

+ Erase from our memories past sins already forgiven
+ Save us from our troubles and deliver us from evil

O Lord our God: Hear the cries of your people throughout the world –

+ Deliver us from shame and embarrassment before our enemies
+ Teach us how to live godly lives no matter our circumstances
+ Grant us forgiveness and look on us with loving-kindness and mercy
+ Keep us from wandering that we might live with integrity and honor

O Lord our God: We approach your throne of grace through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grant our requests according to your sovereign purpose, that your Name may be glorified throughout the earth. Amen.
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“Remember Me” (Psalm 25) – The Psalm Project


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

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

Praying the Psalms: Fri, 27 Jul – Psalm 24 ~ the King of glory

Praying the Psalms

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

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.

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

Morning Reading: Psalm 24 (NLT)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.

Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle.

Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You have made the earth and everything in it. And you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to rule and reign over it all.

+ Lord Jesus, your Kingdom has no borders
+ Lord Jesus, your Kingdom includes every tribe and nation
+ Lord Jesus, your Kingdom includes every race and people
+ Lord Jesus, your Kingdom is just and all-sufficient

O Lord our God: You have made the earth and everything in it. And you have made your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our righteous judge.

+ Lord Jesus, we are not worthy to enter into your holy presence
+ Lord Jesus, you purify our hearts and declare us clean
+ Lord Jesus, you forgive our sins and consecrate our lives
+ Lord Jesus, you are the measure of holiness, wisdom, and greatness

O Lord our God: You have made the earth and everything in it. And you have made your Son, Jesus Christ, the King of endless glory.

+ Lord Jesus, you are the majestic King of the universe
+ Lord Jesus, you are the rightful King of our hearts
+ Lord Jesus, you are the gracious Savior of our souls
+ Lord Jesus, you conquer us with your loving-kindness

To you, Lord Jesus – King of endless glory – we open our hearts, we yield our wills, and we offer our lives that you may reign as our Lord and King. Amen.
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“Psalm 24 (The King of Glory)” – Keith and Kristyn Getty


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

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