Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 15 September 2020
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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.
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We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).
On Monday to Wednesday, the readings help us reflect on the readings for the previous Sunday;
on Thursday to Saturday, the readings help us prepare for the readings for the following Sunday.
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.
Resolve never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.
Ne ponatis offendiculum fratri, vel scandalum.
Veillez plutôt à ne pas placer d’obstacle ou de piège devant votre frère.
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
The Law of Christ
Our New Testament reading reflects something Jesus said, when he told the disciples not to get in the way of the children who were coming to him.
They thought that the wee ones were bothering him but he chastised them
Let the little children come to me; do not stop them;
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’
And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
How do we get in the way of people wanting to have an encounter with God?
Are we prevented by others?
Paul tells the Romans
Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another,
but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.
In other words, Paul is calling to be humble,
not like Uriah Heep (Dickens’s excellent parody of humility),
but truly humble,
knowing our role in leading others to Christ
but not getting in their way.
As John the Baptist said,
‘No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
You yourselves are my witnesses that I said,
“I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.”
He who has the bride is the bridegroom.
The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.
For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.
He must increase, but I must decrease.’
In the Spirit of Jesus, who said “Blessed are the meek”, we pray.
We pray for those coming to faith
with faltering footsteps,
those who have been turned off and yet are willing to be open
to the possibilities that life in Christ can bring.
We pray for all who strive, day by day, to make the world a better place.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those teaching and studying at this difficult time,
and for all who are helping to keep them safe.)
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.
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.
Jesus, Light of the world,
lighten our darkness,
and help us to reflect your light
to lead others to your Kingdom.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Thank you for joining us in praying at home.
Oremus pro invicem.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
* 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
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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