Praying at Home: Wednesday 17 June 2020

Praying at Home: Wednesday 17 June 2020

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Here you can find some resources for each day.

We hope these will help you stay in touch with the Church
and to sustain you on your journey through life.

Opening to the Word

You can spend a few moments in silence,
focussing on your breathing
to become more mindful of the present moment
and to open yourself more fully
to God’s presence within you.

In the name of the living God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Short scripture passage

Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.

Omni custodia serva cor tuum,
quia ex ipso vita procedit.

Proverbs 4:23


The Liturgy of the Word *

Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all of them if you have time.

Proverbs 4:10-27
Psalm 104 (105):1-11, 37-45
Luke 6:12-19

Short Reflection

Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.

Our first reading today picks up nicely from yesterday’s, about the calling of Samuel.

It is addressed to “my child”. This could be a young person or simply the statement of a relationship (the Latin reads “filius”, i.e. “son” instead of “child”).

Whatever the exact meaning, this is encouragement:
to follow the way of wisdom, neither swerving to right or to left;
to put away crooked speech and devious talk;
to look directly forwards and keep straight the path of our feet,
that all our ways will be sure.

This is not an easy choice, as there are times when it is easier to avoid being straightforward and to indulge in lazy thinking and not-quite-totally-true talk.

And there will be many reasons for this, all to easy to justify to oneself.

So today’s readings, which includes the call of the twelve disciples, are a challenge to us here and now.

Listen, my child, to the word of the Lord.

Prayer Suggestions

We pray that we may be vigilant and attentive to God’s words;
that we may continually seek God’s presence;
that God’s life may spring up within us.

We pray for the Taizé Community, a parable of reconciliation for the Church and the world.

And as the pandemic continues,
we pray for those who work in our countries’ National Health Services,
for essential workers,
for us all.

Music for reflection *

The Lord’s Prayer

We can say the Lord’s Prayer in any language or version we choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.

Notre Père qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne.
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.

Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.

Concluding prayer

O Risen Christ,
you call us by name to be your disciples;
help us to listen to your word
and bring your peace to those we meet today.


* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Other worship resources


* Beginning with the week after Pentecost, the lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library (complementary readings).

In that lectionary, the readings are in the following order: Old Testament reading, Psalm, New Testament reading; we have changed the order to the more usual OT, Psalm and NT.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.

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