Praying at Home: Wednesday 24 June 2020

Praying at Home: Wednesday 24 June 2020

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Here you can find some worship 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.

If this is your first visit to this website, then you might like to read about the common elements and the suggested structure for each day’s prayer.

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.
Amen.

Short reading

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.

Convertere, Domine, et eripe animam meam;
salvum me fac propter misericordiam tuam.

Psalm 6:4

The Liturgy of the Word *

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

Short Reflection

Poor Jeremiah. The victim of persecution for witnessing to the truth, he is thrown into a water cistern full of mud, and is sinking fast.

Fortunately there is someone who stands up for him and rescues him.

Jeremiah has been mistreated, called a liar, rejected, condemned to death, ridiculed (not all at the same time) for daring to suggest to God’s chosen people that they have turned away from God, and will pay the price.

Although most of us will never be treated in this way, some will. We too may experience some form of rejection or unpopularity for daring to speak the truth.

Daring to speak the truth, however, is not the same as what we consider to be true; it’s all too easy to deceive ourselves or to be misinformed.

On this day, 24th June, we celebrate the Birthday of John the Baptist, the forerunner, who pointed the way to Christ and, as perhaps the ultimate witness to the truth, was executed for speaking truth to power.

We ask his prayers and assistance in our own lives.

Perhaps today’s short reading can also be a prayer for deliverance from our own prejudices and narrow thinking:

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.

Prayer Suggestions

Let us pray for humility, for honesty and for integrity.

Pray for wisdom and true knowledge,
and patience to accept that this may well be a lifelong struggle.

And as we seek to grow through pain,
we remember only too well that SARS-CoV-2 continues,
with many people seriously ill.

We pray that we may do our part to keep others safe from the virus.

We pray for our politicians seeking to guide a path of safety for us,
for scientists who try to advise them;
we pray for those who work in our countries’ National Health Services,
for essential workers,
for those in care homes,
for all of us.

Music for reflection *

Have mercy on me, O Lord God, in your kindness

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.
Amen.

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

God of surprises,
your Spirit leads us into all truth;
with the prayers of St John the Baptist to assist us,
give us courage,
give us wisdom,
that in all things we may do your will
today and every day.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us today.
Oremus pro invicem.

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

There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers (Amazon link)

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Acknowledgements

* Beginning with the week after Pentecost, the lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Currently, we’re following the complementary readings (Track 2).

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.

Images, unless otherwise stated, are from lockdown, by Alistair Warwick.

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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