Advent Prayer: 1st Monday 30 Nov 2020 – Psalm 79; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 15:1-8 ~ How Long, O Lord?

Advent Prayer: 1st Monday 30 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

Rend the heavens and come down, O God of all the ages! Rouse us from sleep, deliver us from our heedless ways, and form us into a watchful people, that, at the advent of your Son, he may find us doing what is right, mindful of all you command. Grant this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

(Revelation 15:3-4)

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Sons of Korah – Psalm 79 (How Long?)

O, God the nations have / Invaded Your inheritance
Defiled Your holy temple / Destroyed Your city
As food to wild animals / They were given over
They poured out blood like water / Around Jerusalem

How long? / How long?

How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)
How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)

 

How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)
How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)

We are objects of contempt / To our neighbors
A scorn and derision / To those around us
Pour upon the enemy / Who will not acknowledge You
Your anger on the kingdom / For they devoured us

How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)
How long? (How long, how long, O Lord)

Do not hold against us / The sins of the fathers
May Your mercy quickly come / For we are in need
Help us God our Savior / For the glory of Your name
Deliver and forgive us / For Your name’s sake
Why should the nations say / ’Where is their God today?’
Before our eyes, make known to them / That You avenge us

How long, O, Lord / Will you be angry?
How long, Lord / Will Your jealousy burn?

The groans of the prisoners / May they come before You
By the strength of Your arm / Preserve those condemned to die
Pay back our enemies / They’re taunting toward You lord
And lead Your flock, who praise You / For every
Every generation

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Old Testament Reading: Micah 4:1-5 (ESV)

The Mountain of the Lord

4 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
2 and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
4 but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
5 For all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
forever and ever.

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Come Let Us Go to the Mountain of the Lord Micah 4 – Songs for the Masses

New Testament Reading: Revelation 15:1-8 (ESV)

The Seven Angels with Seven Plagues

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

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“The Song of Mosheh and The Song of The Lamb” – The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

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Prayer:

Christ, as a light – illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield – overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

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.

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

The First Sunday in Advent – 29 Nov 2020: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37 ~ “Stay awake!”

The First Sunday in Advent 29 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

Rend the heavens and come down, O God of all the ages! Rouse us from sleep, deliver us from our heedless ways, and form us into a watchful people, that, at the advent of your Son, he may find us doing what is right, mindful of all you command. Grant this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

“Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows,
not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”
(Mark 13:32-33)

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Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus – Shannon Wexelberg

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Prayer for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A Reading from the Prophets: Isaiah 64:1-9 (ESV)

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.

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“Psalm 80” (Restore Us, O God) – Proskuneo Ministries

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A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 13:24-37 (ESV)

The Coming of the Son of Man

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day or Hour

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

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Stay Awake – 5Choir

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Prayer:

+ For the Church:

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.

+ For Our Nation:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: Restore us we pray, that we may remember your favor and gladly do your will.

    • Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.
    • Defend our freedoms, and fashion into one united nation the diverse cultures and ethnicities of all who live here.
    • Confer wisdom and sound judgement on those we entrust with the authority of government, especially on President Trump.
    • Grant us justice and peace at home and abroad, that we may display your praise among the nations of the earth.

Sustain our trust in you, as we wait for the return of your Son in glory, we ask in His name. Amen.

+ For Mercy:

Almighty God, you have not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; grant that we, who for our evil deeds deserve to be punished, by the might of your grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

+ For All People:

O God, you made us in your own image, and you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ For the Unrepentant:

Merciful God, you desire that sinners should turn to you and live, through faith in your Son Jesus Christ; have mercy on the unrepentant and those who do not believe. Awaken in them, by your Word and Holy Spirit, a deep sense of their sinfulness and peril. Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word.

Grant them to know and feel that there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which they must be saved, but only the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so bring them home and number them among your children, that they may be yours for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

+ For Watchfulness:

Heavenly Father, you alone know the time and hour when your Son shall return to receive his bride: Grant that the cry, “The bridegroom comes!” may sound evermore in our ears, that so we are never unprepared to meet him, or forgetful of the souls for whom he died, for whom we watch and pray. And save us, O Lord. Amen.

+ For the Coming Kingdom:

+ Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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Stay Awake – Lize Wiid · Sarah Jubilee

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Closing – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (ESV)

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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

Morning Prayer: Saturday 28 Nov 2020 – Psalms (145) and Proverbs (28) Give thanks: God’s Kingdom is glorious!

Morning Prayer: Saturday, 28 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works, they may be abundantly rewarded when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“All your works praise you, O LORD, 
and your faithful servants give thanks to you.
They speak of the glory of your kingdom 
and talk of your power,
That your power may be known to the children of men
even the glorious splendor of your kingdom.”

(Psalm 145:10-12)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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“Psalm 145” (Amen) – Jon Buller

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 145”

I will magnify you, O God my King, *
and I will praise your Name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I give thanks to you, *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and most worthy to be praised; *
there is no end of his greatness.

4 One generation shall praise your works to another, *
and shall declare your power.
5 As for me, I will be talking of the glorious splendor of your majesty, *
and of all your wondrous works.
6 They shall speak of the might of your marvelous acts, *
and I also will tell of your greatness.
7 The remembrance of your abundant goodness shall they proclaim, *
and they shall sing of your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, *
long-suffering, and of great kindness.
9 The LORD is loving to everyone, *
and his mercy is over all his works.
10 All your works praise you, O LORD, *
and your faithful servants give thanks to you.
11 They speak of the glory of your kingdom *
and talk of your power,
12 That your power may be known to the children of men, *
even the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, *
and your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14 The LORD upholds all those who fall *
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open wide your hand, *
and fill all things living with plenteousness.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and merciful in all his works.
18 The LORD is near to all those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him; *
he also will hear their cry and will help them.
20 The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he will destroy all the ungodly.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.

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Proverbs 28 (NLT)

2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding….

28 When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.

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Consider:

“All your works praise you, O LORD, 
and your faithful servants give thanks to you.
They speak of the glory of your kingdom 
and talk of your power,
That your power may be known to the children of men
even the glorious splendor of your kingdom.”

(Psalm 145:10-12)

The Kingdom of God is glorious

Those who bless God from their hearts rejoice to see him enthroned, glorified, and magnified in power.

  • Time, eternity, and all space are filled with the glories of God.
  • His works praise him, but they cannot crown him: this remains for holy hands and hearts.
  • It is their high pleasure to tell of the glory of his kingdom in its justice, kindness, eternity, and so forth.

The Kingdom of God is powerful

All power comes from God.

  • Apart from him the laws of nature would be inoperative.
  • His power is the one source of force—mechanical, vital, mental, spiritual.
  • Beyond the power of God which has been displayed, infinite force lies latent in God himself.

The Kingdom of God is everlasting

The Lord’s kingdom is without beginning, without break, without bound, and without end.

  • He never abdicates his throne, neither does he call in a second to share his empire.
  • None can overthrow his power, or break away from his rule.
  • Neither this age, nor the age to come, nor ages of ages shall cause his sovereignty to fail.

Men come and go like shadows on the wall, but God reigns forever.

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Prayer:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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“Psalm 145” (I Will Praise Your Name) – WorshipNOW Modern Psalms

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Blessing

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.

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

Morning Prayer: Friday 27 Nov 2020 – Psalms (139) and Proverbs (27) Give thanks: God made you!

Morning Prayer: Friday, 27 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works, they may be abundantly rewarded when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“You yourself made my inmost parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are your works, and my soul knows it very well….
and in your book were all my members written,
Which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

(Psalm 139:12-13, 15-16)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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“Psalm 139” (Far Too Wonderful) –

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 139”

1 O LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thoughts from afar.
2 You examine my path and my places of rest, *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my tongue, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4 You have enclosed me behind and before, *
and have laid your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, *
so excellent I cannot attain to it.

6 Where shall I go then from your Spirit, *
or where shall I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make my bed in the Grave, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there shall your hand lead me, *
and your right hand shall hold me.
10 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,” *
then shall my night be turned to day.
11 Even the darkness is not dark to you, and the night is as clear as the day; *
the darkness and the light to you are both alike.

12 For you yourself made my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
13 I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; *
marvelous are your works, and my soul knows it very well.
14 My bones were not hidden from you *
when I was made in secret and fashioned in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my substance, while I was yet unformed; *
and in your book were all my members written,
16 Which day by day were fashioned, *
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How dear to me are your thoughts, O God. *
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand. *
When I wake up, I am present with you.
19 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
Depart from me, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak unrighteously against you; *
your enemies take your Name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you, *
and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 Indeed, I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
they have become my own enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and examine my thoughts.
24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me, *
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Proverbs 27 (NLT) – more proverbs of Solomon

1  Don’t brag about tomorrow,
since you don’t know what the day will bring.

19 As a face is reflected in water,
so the heart reflects the real person.

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Consider:

“You yourself made my inmost parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are your works, and my soul knows it very well….
and in your book were all my members written,
Which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

(Psalm 139:12-13, 15-16)

God made you

God has put all your parts together… God formed your members, and united them in a bodily frame and form before you were born—he must be able to understand all your thoughts and feelings. As you were not concealed from God before you saw the light, so you can not be hidden from God anywhere.

  • Whatever you are naturally or supernaturally, is a work of God.
  • Whatever others are, for better or worse, God still made them.
  • No matter your deficiencies , God knows you and loves you.

—Albert Barnes.

God planned you

  • Your life, from the beginning to the end, is in God’s good, gracious, and merciful hand.
  • That God knows all about you and still loves you, is cause for joy and comfort.

God search our hearts

  • What a mercy that there is one being who can know us to perfection! He is intimately at home with us. He is graciously inclined towards us, and is willing to bend his omniscience to serve the end of our sanctification…. By your providence, by your word, by your grace, and by your Spirit, lead me evermore.

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Think and be careful what thou art within,
For there is sin in the desire of sin:
Think and be thankful, in a different case,
For there is grace in the desire of grace.

—John Byron, 1691-1763.

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Prayer:

The birth, and/or adoption, of a child is a joyous and solemn occasion in the life of a family. Our heavenly Father has given us the Spirit of adoption, that we who were strangers might become members of the household of God. It has pleased Almighty God, our heavenly Father, to bless families with the gift of children.

+ Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless them and guide them, and keep them unspotted from the world. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ Lord Jesus, be mindful of your promise. Think of us, your children, and when we shall depart, speak to our spirits these loving words: “Today you shall be with me in joy.” O Lord Jesus Christ, remember us, your children who trust in you, when our tongues cannot speak, when the sight of our eyes fails, and when our ears are stopped. Let our spirits always rejoice in you and be joyful about our salvation, which you, through your death, have purchased for us. Amen.

+ Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your children, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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Psalm 139 – FREEDOM CHURCH

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Blessing

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.

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

Morning Prayer: Thursday 26 Nov 2020 – Psalms (136: 1, 23-26) and Proverbs (26) ~ Give thanks: God provides!

Morning Prayer: Thursday, 26 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works, they may be abundantly rewarded when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is (good) gracious,
for his mercy endures for ever.

The LORD gives food to all flesh….
“O give thanks unto the God of heaven;

for his mercy endures for ever.”
(Psalm 136:1, 25-26)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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“Psalm 136” (Give thanks to God) – Pete Crockett Music

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 136:1, 23-26”

1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

23 Who remembered us when we were in trouble, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
24 And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
25 Who gives food to all flesh, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
27 O give thanks unto the Lord of lords *
for his mercy endures for ever.

Proverbs 25 (NLT) – more proverbs of Solomon

24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,
but they’re deceiving you.
25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them.
Their hearts are full of many evils.
26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery,
their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

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Consider:

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is (good) gracious,
for his mercy endures for ever.

The LORD gives food to all flesh….
“O give thanks unto the God of heaven;

for his mercy endures for ever.”
(Psalm 136:1, 25-26)

 

The LORD gives food to all

  • The very air we breathe in, the bread we eat, our common blessings, be they never so mean, we have them all from grace, and all from the tender mercy of the Lord.
  • It is not only mercy which gives us Christ, and salvation by Christ, and all those glorious deliverances and triumphs over the enemies of the church; but it is mercy which furnishes our tables.

—Thomas Manton.

“For his mercy endures for ever”

Blessed be God, who has provided and made known to us salvation through his Son.

  • May we know and feel his redeeming power, that we may serve him in righteousness all our days.
  • May He who gives food to all flesh, feed our souls unto eternal life, and enliven our love by his grace,
  • Let us trace up all the favors we receive to this true source, and offer praise continually.

__ Matthew Henry

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Prayer:

Give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely
bestowed upon us:

  • For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky
    and sea,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our
    friends,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For health and strength to work, and time to rest and worship,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For all who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For all who earnestly seek after truth, and all who labor for justice,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For all that is good and gracious in the lives of men and women,
    revealing the image of Christ,
    _ We thank you, Lord.
  • For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
    _ We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen
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Give Thanks – Don Moen

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Blessing

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.

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