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 122 (NLT) – A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.
Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people—make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks to the name of the Lord, as the law requires of Israel. Here stand the thrones where judgment is given, the thrones of the dynasty of David.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.
O Lord our God: You have chosen old Jerusalem as the locus of your saving activity among us. Fill us with the joy of pilgrimage –
+ that we may delight in its holy places in spirit and in truth…
+ that we may wonder at its restoration after forfeiting its glory…
+ that we may worship with other believers from around the world…
+ that we may rest in the shadow of your justice and mercy…
+ that we may pray for its peace, and the prosperity of its people…
O Lord our God: You have chosen new Jerusalem as the locus of your return in glory. Fill us with the joy of heavenly citizenship, and prepare us to welcome our coming King, Jesus Christ – in whose name we pray. Amen.
“Psalm 122” (Sha’alu shelom Yerushalayim) – Waltraud Rennebaum
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.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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