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 129 (NLT) – A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me.
Let all Israel repeat this: From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me. My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows. But the Lord is good; he has cut me free from the ropes of the ungodly.
May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat. May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown; ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder. And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: “The Lord bless you; we bless you in the Lord’s name.”
O Lord our God: Remember your people who are suffering great hardship and persecution –
+ protect the weak, especially the widows and orphans…
+ protect those who are abused continually by the wicked…
+ in your mercy, sustain them in their suffering…
+ in your mercy, deliver them from their troubles…
O Lord our God: Remember your people who are suffering great hardship and persecution. Expose their tormentors and judge them in truth and righteousness, through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
“Psalm 129” (Afflicted From My Youth) – Jason Silver
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.