Morning Prayer: Wed, 30 Nov – Psalm 19:8-11; Romans 10:9-18; Matthew 4:18-22 ~ beautiful feet

Wednesday in the First Week of Advent

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

Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)

+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.
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Reading: Psalm 19:8-11 (NLT)

The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
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Reading: Romans 10:9-18 (NLT)

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have:

“The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.”

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Reading: Matthew 4:18-22 (NLT)

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers — Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew — throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

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Prayer:

Heavenly Father:

Fill me with a desire to understand, and joyfully apply, Your Word to my life – that I may live reverently and receive Your promised great reward.

Holy Spirit :

Give me the words I need, when I need them – that I may persuasively tell others the Good News of what You have done for me.

Lord Jesus :

Show me what I must leave behind – that I may follow You without hesitation and be an example to others.

Amen .
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“How beautiful are the feet”

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Blessing

Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell among us and be my peace today.

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

Morning Prayer: Fri, 28 Oct – Psalm 119:145-152; Habakkuk 2:1, 3; Romans 10:13-15 ~ waiting here for you

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

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:145-152 (NLT)

I pray with all my heart; answer me, Lord! I will obey your decrees.

I cry out to you; rescue me, that I may obey your laws. I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.

Lawless people are coming to attack me; they live far from your instructions. But you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. I have known from my earliest days that your laws will last forever.

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Reading: Habakkuk 2:1, 3 (NLT)

I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard-post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.
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This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Reading: Romans 10:13-15 (NLT)

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
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Prayer: Cedd (620-664)– on honest reflection

Listen,
+ hear the Word behind the word.

Listen,
+ sensing when the spirit’s stirred,
+ there is healing in the waters
if God’s touch is what you seek.

We must wait,
and know God’s moment,
listen well before we speak.

Listen,
+ and let the silence cradle you.

Listen,
+ for the Voice that’s speaking through
all the chaos of the talking
and the Babel that divides.

And in waiting for
God’s moment
that in peacefulness decides,

Listen
+ God is not in a hurry.
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“Waiting Here for You” – Christy Nockels

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus 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!

Daily Reading: 04 July – The Church is Born: The Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-47

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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

E100:15.a – The Church is Born

The Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-47 (NLT)

The Holy Spirit Comes

Acts 2  On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Detail of lost Medici Pentecost Tapestry The tapestry was woven in 1595-6 under the direction of Guasparri de Bartolomeo Papini (1540–1621) at the Medici workshops in Florence.
Detail of lost Medici Pentecost Tapestry
The tapestry was woven in 1595-6 under the direction of Guasparri de Bartolomeo Papini (1540–1621) at the Medici workshops in Florence.

5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! 9 Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Peter Preaches to the Crowd

14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.

19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. 20 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. 21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. 25 King David said this about him:

‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 26 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. 27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave. 28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’

29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. 30 But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. 31 David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.

32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. 34 For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said,

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand 35 until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”’

36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

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37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

The Believers Form a Community

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
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“Take Us To The River” – Robin Mark

Closing Sentence

The Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish….” – Joel 2:12-13

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

First Sunday of Lent, 14 February: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 ~ a walk through the desert

First Sunday of Lent

The 40-day pilgrimage to Easter that began on Ash Wednesday is just a few days old. I pray that God, who sustained Jesus in his 40 days of temptations and suffering, will support us on our journey also.

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

Opening Prayer:

Lord our God, you alone do we worship, only your word gives life. Sustain your people on our Lenten journey. When we walk through the desert of temptation, strengthen us to renounce the power of evil. When our faith is tested by doubt, illumine our hearts with Easter’s bright promise. We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever.
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Hymn: “Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down”


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 (NLT)
[Moses summarizes the creed of the chosen people.]

The priest will then take the basket from your hand and set it before the altar of the Lord your God.

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“You must then say in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘My ancestor Jacob was a wandering Aramean who went to live as a foreigner in Egypt. His family arrived few in number, but in Egypt they became a large and mighty nation. When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey! And now, O Lord, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.’ Then place the produce before the Lord your God, and bow to the ground in worship before him.
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“Psalm 91” – Sons of Korah

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High | Will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty | I will say of the Lord: “He is my refuge | My God and my shield in whom I trust”

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare | And from the deadly pestilence as well | He will cover over you with His feathers | And there under His wings you will find sleep | His faithfulness will be your shield

You’ll not fear the terror of the night time | Nor the arrow that flies by day | Nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness | Nor the plague that destroys at midday

And a thousand may fall at your side | And ten thousand right there at your right hand | But it will not harm you, you will only see | You will only observe when judgment comes

He commands his angels concerning you | To guard you wherever you may go | To be with you and lift you in their hands | So that you won’t strike your foot against a stone

If you make the Most High your dwelling | Even the Lord who is my refuge | Surely no great harm will befall you | No disaster will come there near your home

He commands his angels concerning you | To guard you wherever you may go | To be with you and lift you in their hands | So that you won’t strike your foot against a stone

You will tread upon the lion and the cobra | And trample upon the serpent’s head | You will tread upon the lion and the cobra | And trample upon the serpent’s head

Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him | I will protect him for he knows My name | He will call on Me, and I will answer | I will be with him always and I will honor him | With a long, long, long, long life | I will satisfy him with long life | With a long, long, long, life | I will satisfy him with long life
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A Reading from the Letters: Romans 10:8-13 (NLT)
[Paul teaches that faith in Christ’s resurrection is the mark of believers.]

“The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”

Romans 10.13

And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 4:1-13 (NLT)
[The temptations Jesus endured in the desert are described.]

The Temptation of Christ Ary Scheffer, 1854 Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, UK
The Temptation of Christ
Ary Scheffer, 1854
Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool, UK

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.

Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’”

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
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Hymn: “I Am Not Alone” – Kari Jobe


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Intercessions:

As we continue our Lenten journey, we remember all those in need.

+ For the Church of God throughout the world, as the Lenten pilgrimage continues…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the men and women preparing to be baptized this Easter…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the poor people of the world who will benefit from our Lenten giving…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the downhearted and discouraged who rely on the kindness of friends…. Lord, hear us.
+ For immigrants and refugees and all who seek safety and peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For prisoners, especially young prisoners, that they may be able to rebuild lives of dignity…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our brothers and sisters who have died, especially through war and violence in the Middle East…. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, you protect those who put their trust in you, hear our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Hymn: “I will trust in you” – Lauren Daigle

Benediction:

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

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