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 146 (NLT) –
Praise the Lord!
Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
- He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
- He keeps every promise forever.
- He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry.
- The Lord frees the prisoners.
- The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
- The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
- The Lord loves the godly.
- The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
- He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!
O Lord our God: Our hope is in you for only you are worthy of our trust.
+ we rejoice in your creation – the heavens, the earth, and all living things…
+ we rejoice in your faithfulness – the fulfillment of your promises…
+ we rejoice in your justice – the protection of strangers, widows, and orphans…
+ we rejoice in your provision – the supply of daily necessities of life…
+ we rejoice in your mercy – the blind see, the dead raised, the captives freed…
+ we rejoice in your Kingdom – the ultimate victory of love guaranteed forever…
O Lord our God: Our hope is in you for only you are worthy of our trust. Prepare our hearts to rejoice in your current Salvation at Christmas and your coming Judgement at the end of time. We ask through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“Psalm 146” (What Joy) – Sarah Emerson
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.