Praying the Psalms: Tue, 09 Oct – Psalm 87 ~ O city of God, what glorious things are said of 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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 87 (NLT) (A psalm of the descendants of Korah)

On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord. He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel. O city of God, what glorious things are said of you! Interlude

I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me—also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia. They have all become citizens of Jerusalem! Regarding Jerusalem it will be said, “Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.” And the Most High will personally bless this city. When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude

The people will play flutes and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You have set apart the city of Jerusalem to reflect your glory –

+ as a place of holiness and security…
+ as a place of worship and celebration…
+ as a place of promise and hope…
+ as a place of great joy…

O Lord our God: You have set apart the Church to reflect your glory –

+ with Christ Jesus as the chief Cornerstone…
+ with the cross of Christ high and lifted up…
+ with the blood of Christ our eternal ransom…
+ with the love of Christ our never-ending joy…

O Lord our God: You have set apart every believer to reflect your glory –

+ through our faith and trust in Jesus Christ…
+ through our forgiveness and freedom…
+ through our godliness and integrity…
+ through our perseverance in trials…

O Lord our God: You fill our hearts with joy as we reflect on your mercy and loving-kindness; may our lives ever reflect your glory through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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“Psalm 87” (Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken) – John Newton, 1779


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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, and 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.



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