Praying at Home Today: Thursday 23 July 2020

Praying at Home Today: Thursday 23 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

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Laetetur cor quaerentium Dominum.

Que le cœur de ceux qui cherchent l’Eternel se réjouisse!

Psalm 104 (105):3b

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

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice

Today’s readings combine Jacob meeting Rachel (who was to be the mother of Joseph, owner of a famous coat) and the apostle Paul chastising the Christians in Corinth for their lax behaviour.

In between, we have the psalm, a song of praise by those who are opening themselves to the power of God’s love in their lives.

Paul is telling the people (in this local church at a particular time, and by extension also) not to be deluded by self-important people who “talk the talk” but don’t “walk the walk”; in other words, talk is cheap, can they show this with action?

He tells them that when he next visits he wants not to listen to these people but to see what they are actually doing.

Warning about hypocrisy

This passage is another warning that we need to live out the Gospel rather than just talk about it.
And to do that, we need to discover its essence: “Jesus is Lord” and all that that short phrase entails.

Encountering God at the centre of our lives

We are invited today to allow God to be at the centre of our lives, that we may praise God, serve God and always keep God in our sight.*

As today’s Psalm continues:

Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.

* paraphrased from Paul Inwood’s setting of Psalm 15 (16): O Lord, you are the centre of my life.


Prayer Suggestions

As we pray that the Lord may be at the centre of our lives,
we are called to hold others in our hearts and minds:

Pray for the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, China,
for the people of Portland, Oregon, USA
and other troubled places in our world.

For all who are oppressed.

We thank God for the courage of all who are warning us about the climate emergency.

We remember those who have no work.

a moment of silence

Pray 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

God our loving Father,
our hearts rejoice in your presence;
help us to keep you at the centre of our lives
throughout this day.

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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