Morning Prayer: Tue, 24 Jan – Psalm 64:8-10; Isaiah 56:10-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 ~ working for God

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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

Opening Sentence

Create a clean heart within me, O God,
so that it may become Your chosen shelter
and the resting place of the Holy Spirit.
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Reading: Psalm 64:8-10 (NLT)

Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does. The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him.
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Reading: Isaiah 56:10-12 (NLT)

For the leaders of my people—the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming. Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied. They are ignorant shepherds, all following their own path and intent on personal gain.

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“Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party. Let’s all get drunk. Then tomorrow we’ll do it again and have an even bigger party!”
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Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 (NLT)

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.
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Prayer:

Today is Your gift to me; I take it, Lord, from Your hand and thank You for the wonder of it.

+ All that I am and all that I do, I place into Your hands.
+ Everything I work and hope for, I place into Your hands.
+ The troubles that weary me and the thoughts that disturb me, I place into Your hands.

Show me what blessing it is that I have work to do. And sometimes, and most of all when the day is overcast and my courage faints, let me hear Your voice, saying, “You are my beloved one in whom I am well pleased.” Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“When its all been said and done” – Robin Mark


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Declaration of Faith

Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.
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Blessing

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

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

Morning Prayer: Mon, 22 Aug – Proverbs 6:6-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 ~ lazybones

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

Opening Sentence

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.

Morning Reading: Proverbs 6:6-11 (NLT)

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

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Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Morning Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 (NLT)

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

idle minds

Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

Prayer

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is the fullness of grace and the Spirit of God. Thank you for all your blessings.

+ Lord, give us your Spirit – that we may have peace of mind and generosity of heart
+ Lord, give us your Spirit – that we may have health and strength to do your will.
+ Lord, give us your Spirit – that we may be enfolded in your love throughout the day.
+ Lord, give us your Spirit – that we may be guided in our work throughout the day.
+ Lord, give us your Spirit – that we may pray for those in need in accordance with your will.

Almighty God, our Father, give us your Spirit and grant that we may come to the Kingdom of heaven and to the glory destined for your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Lazy Bones” – Leon Redbone

Blessing

Christ with me, Christ in me.

Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left; Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down; Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me; Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

Christ with me, Christ in me.

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

Morning Prayer: 02 July – 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 ~ earn your own living

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

Opening Sentence

It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me.

Morning Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 (NLT)

on work

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

Morning Prayer

As the new day begins, praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is the fullness of grace and the Spirit of God. Lord, give me your Spirit.

+ Praise you, Lord, I thank you for all your blessings.

  • Give me peace of mind and generosity of heart.
  • Grant me health and strength to do your will.

+ May your love be with me during the day; guide me in my work.
+ Be with all those who have asked for my prayers, and grant them all their needs.

Lord, be the beginning and end of all that I do and say. Prompt my actions with your grace, and complete them with your all-powerful help. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Be My Everything” – Brian Doersken

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!