Praying the Psalms: Thu, 29 Nov – Psalm 131 ~ cultivate a quiet heart

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 131 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord — now and always.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: To you all hearts are open, and all desires known; and from you no secrets are hid –

+ with you, there is no place for foolish pride…
+ with you, there is no place for selfish ambition…
+ with you, there is no place for guilt or shame…

O Lord our God: You are our resting place, our hope is in you –

+ with you, there is no separation anxiety…
+ with you, there is no disappointment…
+ with you, there is freedom from worry…
+ with you, there is freedom from want…

O Lord our God: Quiet our hearts with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, that we might experience your love and faithfulness through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 131” – Ruth Fazal

Oh Lord, my heart is not lifted up
My eyes are not raised too high
I do not occupy myself with thoughts
Too great and marvelous
But, I have calmed and quieted my soul

Like a child, with its mother
Like a child, with its mother
Like a child with its mother
Is my soul
Is my soul
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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.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Morning Prayer: Fri, 31 Mar – Psalm 131:2; Matthew 11:28-30 ~ cultivate a quiet heart

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentences

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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Reading: Psalm 131:2 (MSG)

I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content.
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Reading: Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
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Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Give me a quiet heart –

+ that I might find rest for my soul in every season of my life.
+ that I might hear your wise, gentle, voice teaching me the lessons of Life.
+ that I might glorify you in seasons of abundance, joy and thanksgiving.
+ that I might glorify you in seasons of loss, sadness and mourning.
+ that I might rejoice in your renewed faithfulness to me every day.

Heavenly Father: Give me the quiet heart of Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Be Still My Soul” – Kari Jobe


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Blessing

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

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