Friday Morning Prayer: 10 Jul 2020 – Psalm 123:1, Genesis 5:23-24, Acts 1:7-11 ~ love the things that endure.

Friday Morning Prayer, 10 Jul 2020

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

Opening:

Grant us, O Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who can do no good thing apart from you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

       Follow the example of good men and women of old,
and God will comfort you and help you.

[ St Columba ]

Scripture Reading (CEV)

Psalm 123:1

A Prayer for Mercy

Our Lord and our God,
I turn my eyes to you,
on your throne in heaven.

Genesis 5:23-24

Enoch truly loved God,
and God took him away at the age of three hundred sixty-five.

Acts 1:7-11

Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky.

Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.”

Reflection:

Walsingham

In the tiny Chapel of the Ascension at Walsingham the depiction of the ascension comes, at first, as something of a shock: a pair of feet sticking out from a large white cloud on the ceiling. It brings home to us the absurdity of the situation … a cloud received Him from our sight. God took Him – and what a way to go! He is gone ahead to prepare a place for us, and in ‘a way that baffles description’ – it is as simple as that. Help us to understand that the pilgrimage of this life is but an introduction, a preface, a training school for what is to come. Then shall we see all of life in its true perspective. Then shall we not fall in love with the things of time, but come to love the things that endure. (Peter Marshall)

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…they have left their house and home, and turned pilgrims, seek a world to come, and they have met with hardship in the way and they do meet with troubles night and day. (John Bunyan)

Prayer:

Gracious God and most merciful Father, you have granted us the rich and precious jewel of your holy Word: Assist us with your Spirit, that the same Word may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to your own image, to build us up and edify us into the perfect dwelling place of your Christ, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues; grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Order My Steps – Praise and Harmony Worthy God

Closing

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.

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

* Northumbria Community. Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle Locations 12356-12365). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.



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