Morning Prayer: Fri, 07 Apr – Psalm 37:4-5 ~ what do you want?

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentences

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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Reading: Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
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Prayer:

Lord God: Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in you.

+ Grant us your wisdom and peace that we may find rest for our souls.
+ Reveal your presence to us that we may behold your beauty and majesty.
+ Fill us with your Spirit that we may experience your promised joy.
+ Conform our heart’s desires to your perfect will that we may want what you want.

Lord God: Forgive us our restlessness and discontent; we place our trust in your loving-kindness and faithfulness to satisfy the longing of our hearts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“I Give You My Heart” – Renata Triani | City Harvest Church | Singapore


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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!

Morning Prayer: 18 March – John 10:31-42 ~ ‘I am the Son of God’

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentence

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
(Isaiah 55:6)

Morning Reading: John 10:31-42 (NLT)

Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus.

Morning Prayer

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross that I might live. Master and Savior, may your death bring me alive in you.

+ Lord, Jesus, you have taught me by your life and renewed me by your passion; do not allow me to grow used to sin.
+ Lord Jesus, you call me to care for the needy; may I deny myself to help my brothers and sisters in their need.
+ Lord Jesus, I accept from your hands this day of Lent; may I make it yours by deeds of love and kindness.
+ Lord Jesus, end the rebellion within my heart; make me generous and willing to share with both the deserving and the undeserving.

Lord, break the bonds of sin which my weaknesses have forged to enchain me, and in your loving mercy forgive my sin and wash away my guilt. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Jesus prayer” – Sr. Tereza Vodjana (Ukraine)

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Closing Sentence

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7)

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

Morning Prayer: 27 Mar – Jer 20:10-13; Jn 10:31-42 ~ believe the evidence

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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

Opening sentence and prayer:

Master and Savior, You have taught us by Your life and renewed us by Your passion; do not allow us to grow used to sin.
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Father in heaven, break the bonds of sin which our weaknesses have forged to enchain us, and in Your loving mercy forgive Your people’s guilt. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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A Reading from the Old Testament: Jeremiah 20:10-13 (NLT)

Jeremiah Michelangelo, 1508-12 the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Jeremiah
Michelangelo, 1508-12
the Sistine Chapel ceiling

I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.”

But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you.

Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors.
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Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life. (John 6:63, 68)
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 10:31-42 (NLT)

Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

"He Anointed the Eyes of the Blind Man"  Walter Rane
“He Anointed the Eyes of the Blind Man”
Walter Rane

They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus.
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Canticle

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 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