Monday of The 3rd Week of Easter, 27 April 2020 – John 6:22, Acts 6:8-15, Psalm 119 ~ What does God want from me?

Monday of The 3rd Week of Easter, 27 April 2020

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

Opening:

Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace to thankfully receive his inestimable benefits, and to daily follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

A Reading from the Gospels: John 6:22-29 (NLT)

Jesus, the Bread of Life

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 6:8-15 (NLT)

Stephen Is Arrested

Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.

So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, “We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God.” This roused the people, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council.

The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses. We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.
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(The Word Is Alive) – Casting Crowns

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Responsorial Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30 –

+ Blessed are they who follow the word of the Lord!

Even princes sit and speak against me,
but I will meditate on your decrees.
Your laws please me;
they give me wise advice.

+ Blessed are they who follow the word of the Lord!

I told you my plans, and you answered.
Now teach me your decrees.
Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.

+ Blessed are they who follow the word of the Lord!

Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
I have chosen to be faithful;
I have determined to live by your regulations.

+ Blessed are they who follow the word of the Lord!
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Closing: Matthew 4:4

‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

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

Praying the Psalms: Thu, 15 Nov – Psalm 119 ~ teach me to live with integrity

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 119:1-176 (NLT) – excerpts

BlessedJoyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. (vs 1-2)

RighteousAs I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me! (vs 7-8)

Trustworthy – Lord, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. Then I can answer those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. (vs 41-42)

Faithful – All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws. (vs 86-88)

Eternal – Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. (vs 89-91)

Light – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. (vs 105-106)

Just – O Lord, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair. Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy. I am overwhelmed with indignation, for my enemies have disregarded your words. Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much. (vs 137-140)

Hope-filled – You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word. (vs 73-75)
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You have planted your Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against you –

+ grant us joy-filled integrity…
+ grant us persistence in right living…
+ grant us confidence in your unfailing love…
+ grant us deliverance from our enemies…
+ grant us steadfastness in obedience…
+ grant us faithfulness to your guidance…

O Lord our God: You have planted your Word in our hearts, that we might know you, love you, and serve you until our life’s end. In your loving-kindness, grant us grace to abide in you, now and forever, through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 119:9-11” – Billy Whitman

 

 

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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.