Praying at Home Today: Saturday 3 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Saturday 3 October 2020

Praying at home today: listening to prophets of our time who challenge us to think outside the box

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A warm welcome to, 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.
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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.

Short reading

See, their ears are closed,
they cannot listen.

Ecce incircumcisae aures eorum,
et audire non possunt.

Leur oreille est vraiment incirconcise,
ils sont incapables d’être attentifs.

Jeremiah 6:10b

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

They cannot listen, they can’t pay attention

Jerusalem, the City of Peace, has become the City of Falsehood and is about to be invaded.

The kings, nobles, priests and prophets have rejected God’s loving-kindness in favour of gods made of wood and stone.

Like the whitewashed tombs (the religious leaders of Jesus’ day), so Jerusalem is a den of iniquity, of falsehood, of idolatry.

And yet, there is a faithful remnant.

Glean thoroughly as a vine
the remnant of Israel.

This qahal Yahweh, the remnant of the Lord – the assembly of the faithful ones who will hold firm and remain faithful to the covenant with God – is the hope for the nation, for God’s people.

Through every age the same!

In Jesus’ own time, the religious leaders fail to believe, preferring their own prejudices and certainties.

How easy it is to stay within what one “knows” to be true (confirmation bias), rather than actually to seek the truth.

Day by day, modern prophets speak to us of matters beyond our horizons and yet so often we shut our ears and eyes to them.

Just as the contemporaries of Jesus had to learn that “a prophet can arise from Galilee”, so today we are challenged to learn of, and from prophets in our midst, challenging us about society, justice and the environment – indeed, all of God’s creation, in which we are called to share.


Prayer Suggestions

As we pray at home today, we recall God’s promise to be with us always.

In that presence, we are emboldened to pray.

For the life of the world,
for our complex interrelationship with all living things,
for our sisters and brothers, young and old,
of every race and way of life.

For those who help to preserve life,
for medical, social and other workers. 

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those separated from sick loved ones because of Covid-19.)

For the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, meeting online this weekend.

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.

Concluding prayer

Turn again, O God of hosts;
look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
the stock that your right hand has planted;
may your kingdom come
through our prayers and by our lives,
today and every day.

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

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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