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.

Praying the Psalms: Wed, 28 Nov – Psalm 130 ~ Hope in God’s unfailing love!

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 130 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Hear our cries for help, and have mercy on us, as we wait patiently for your return –

+ for you alone are trustworthy…
+ for you alone are loving and kind…
+ for you alone provide forgiveness of sin…
+ for you alone provide escape from temptation…
+ for you alone provide deliverance from evil…

O Lord our God: Here our cries for help, and have mercy on us, as we wait patiently for your return – with freedom, and justice for all – through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 130” (I Will Wait For You) – Keith and Kristyn Getty

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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.

Praying the Psalms: Tue, 27 Nov – Psalm 129 ~ Persecuted, but not defeated!

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 129 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me.

Let all Israel repeat this: From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me. My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows. But the Lord is good; he has cut me free from the ropes of the ungodly.

May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat. May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown; ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder. And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: “The Lord bless you; we bless you in the Lord’s name.”
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Remember your people who are suffering great hardship and persecution –

+ protect the weak, especially the widows and orphans…
+ protect those who are abused continually by the wicked…
+ in your mercy, sustain them in their suffering…
+ in your mercy, deliver them from their troubles…

O Lord our God: Remember your people who are suffering great hardship and persecution. Expose their tormentors and judge them in truth and righteousness, through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 129” (Afflicted From My Youth) – Jason Silver

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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.

Praying the Psalms: Mon, 26 Nov – Psalm 128 ~ How joyful are those who fear the Lord!

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 128 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him.

May the Lord continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Teach us to respect you and live the way you want –

+ that our homes may reflect your truth and grace…
+ that our homes may reflect your loving-kindness…
+ that the Holy Spirit may bind husband and wife together in love…
+ that the Holy Spirit may guide fathers’ decision-making…
+ that the Holy Spirit may bless mothers’ home-making…
+ that our families may be nurtured in faith through your church…
+ that our children may grow in faith, understanding and obedience…

O Lord our God: Teach us to respect you and live the way you want, that our families may experience peace and prosperity through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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“Psalm 128” (Blest are those who love you) – Marty Haugen

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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.

Praying the Psalms: Sat, 24 Nov – Psalm 127 ~ Unless the Lord builds a house…

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 127 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Thank you for claiming us as your own and placing us in tribes and nations that we may love and serve you –

+ empower us with your Spirit that we may advance your Kingdom…
+ empower us with your Spirit that we may bear good fruit…
+ empower us with your Spirit that we may bless those around us…
+ empower us with your Spirit that we may balance our work with rest…
+ empower us with your Spirit that we may trust you with our worries…

O Lord our God: Thank you for claiming us as your own and placing us in tribes and nations. Give us children whose lives are centered on you, whose help and hope comes from faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Amen.
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“Psalm 127” – The Corner Room

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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.