Praying at Home Today: Monday 28 September 2020
Praying at home today: what will tomorrow bring?
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.
We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).
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.
To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Ad te, Domine, clamabo; Deus meus, ne sileas a me:
nequando taceas a me, et assimilabor descendentibus in lacum.
Eternel, c’est à toi que je crie. Mon rocher, ne reste pas sourd à ma voix!
Si tu t’éloignes sans me répondre, je deviendrai pareil à ceux qui descendent dans la tombe.
Psalm 27 (28):1
The Liturgy of the Word *
Riddles and conundrums (conundra?) appear frequently in literature. They’re a great way of progressing a story with intrigue.
In The Hobbit, Frodo Baggins and Smeagol engage in riddles, each for their own purposes: Smeagol to get some food and Frodo to escape being Smeagol’s dinner.
The name of the archvillain in the Harry Potter stories is Tom Riddle and it’s not hard to see the convoluted ways he contrives to avoid death.
There are many riddles in Star Wars, notably the one where a troubled Obi-Wan Kenobi asks Master Yoda about a missing planet. It takes a young padawan (learner) to point out the answer.
Samson, in his turn, engages in a riddle. Although his intentions for doing so are not obvious, it seems to be part of God’s plan for allowing the people of Israel to escape the clutches of the Philistines.
We’ll hear more of this in the next few days.
Paul’s gratitude to the early Christians at Philippi
The apostle Paul is in prison, possibly in Ephesus or Caesarea, but more likely in Rome. He has spent his time evangelising the prison officers so that the whole imperial guard have learnt of the Good News.
Meanwhile, the Philippians have also been sharing the Gospel since they first heard it.
In gratitude, Paul prays that their love may overflow more and more with full insight and knowledge so that they may choose what is best.
We thank God today for the gift of those who have led us to faith
and for those who continue to do so.
We pray especially for the minsters of the Church,
often under great pressure, especially at this time.
We commend to God those who are guiding us through this pandemic.
We pray for those in the caring professions,
that they get the rest they need to carry on their invaluable work with those who suffer.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those providing personal care in own and residential homes.)
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.
Lord our God,
the strength of your people;
save your people,
bless your heritage
and be our shepherd,
this day and every day.
Returning to the world
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
In these strange times, we are called to trust
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
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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