Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 21 July 2020

Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 21 July 2020

A warm welcome to, where you can find some worship resources for praying at home today or wherever you are.
We hope these readings, prayers, music and the short reflection 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.

Please note that with effect from 29 June 2020, we have reverted to the Track 1 “semi-continuous” Old Testament readings (this also affects the psalm or equivalent response); the New Testament and Gospel readings remain unchanged.

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 reading

In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.

In libro tuo omnes scribentur.
Dies formabuntur, et nemo in eis.

Sur ton livre étaient inscrits tous les jours qui m’étaient destinés
avant qu’un seul d’entre eux n’existe.

Psalm 138 (139):16b

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

Jacob and Esau meet – an uneasy truce

A few weeks ago we read the section from Genesis dealing with how Rebekah and Isaac had twin sons, Esau and Jacob, and how the younger son had tricked the elder out of his birthright and their father’s blessing and had run away in fear.

Now, being in conflict with his father-in-law, Jacob returns to his birth family.

Knowing that he will be seeing Esau again, he comes back with gifts for him to placate him.

Expecting to be badly treated (and justly so), he is surprised when Esau embraces him.

What a story!

We have several generations of people treating each other badly:
Abraham sending his slave-girl Hagar away;
Rebekah conniving with Jacob to defraud Esau of his father Isaac’s blessing;
Jacob’s father-in-law cheating him of Rachel, his love;
and then there’s the story of Joseph and his famous coat (which we’ll hear about over the next few weeks).

What a strange, unworthy bunch of people for God to make a covenant with!

And yet God makes the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel; this covenant has not been revoked, the people of Israel are still God’s chosen people.

What can we make of all this?

A couple of things occur to me.

First, despite humanity’s fallen nature, God wants to be in relationship with us.

Second, a gift can go a long way to ease a difficult relationship!


Prayer Suggestions

again we pray for the people of the Middle East,
especially Palestinians and Israelis.

And for the people of Turkey,
for Muslims and Christians
at Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii Şerifi (formerly Hagia Sophia)
where the walls bear witness to both spiritual traditions;
we pray that they may continue to become aware of their kinship
through their relationship with their father Abraham
and grow closer to one another.

For students uncertain of their future due to the pandemic;
for myriad people facing unemployment.

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

Now thank we all our God…
…and free us from all ills in this world and the next.

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

God of faithful love,
we thank you for the shared inheritance
of Muslims, Jews and Christians;
help us grow closer to you
and to one another,
in service to you and to your creation.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Benedicamus Domino.
Deo gratias.

Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
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

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Other worship resources

Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements

* Beginning with the week after Pentecost, the lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Currently, we’re following the semi-continuous readings (Track 1).

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.

English Bible texts 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.

Latin Bible texts are from Biblia Sacra Vulgata, and are in the Public Domain.

French Bible texts are from Version Segond 21, copyright © 2007 Société Biblique de Genève by Société Biblique de Genève.

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

Music engraved by The Art of Music.

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