Praying at Home Today: Friday 11 September 2020

Praying at Home Today: Friday 11 September 2020

A warm welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, where you can find 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.
Everything is optional!

We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

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

But God was with him.

Et erat Deus cum eo.

Mais Dieu était avec lui.

Acts 7:9b

The Liturgy of the Word *

Here are today’s Bible readings. You can read just one, or all three if you have time.
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading

Short Reflection

Joseph and his brothers (again)

See this post for a reflection on Joseph’s meeting with his brothers

Stephen is one of the seven from the Greek community called to service (Luke doesn’t actually call them deacons but uses διακονια twice).

In this New Testament reading, Stephen is seen reminding the lawyers of how their ancestors had dealt with those God had chosen to challenge them, starting with Abraham and Joseph and going on to Moses.

Like their ancestors, they’re out to get him. His denunciation of their ways – rejecting first Abraham, then Joseph, then Moses, and in their own time, Jesus – enrages them and Stephen becomes the first Christian martyr. 

God was with him

A phrase in the opening verse describes God as being “with” Joseph. He found favour with Potiphar, then with Pharaoh, predicting the seven years of plenty and seven of famine, resulting in the people of Israel being saved from that famine.

God is with us, today

It is good to remind ourselves that God is with us, today, in this present moment, no matter how we are feeling.

I have carved you on the palm of my hand.

Isaiah 49:16

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Prayer Suggestions

We are invited to reflect on God’s promise to be with us always,
that promise that is kept even if we cannot see it.

We pray for those awaiting the results of medical tests, aware of their fears for the future.

We pray for government leaders
and for ourselves
that we may welcome the stranger in our midst.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today, 
following the explosion, for generous and sustained aid for Beirut)

We pray for all who have asked for our prayers.

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.
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

Merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love
we turn to you in our need.
Open our eyes to those around us
to the good things that we have
that we may be generous
as you are generous to us
today and every day.
Amen.

Returning to the world

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.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France
* 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.

You can buy The Complete Chronicles of Narnia at Amazon

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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