Praying at Home Today: Friday 16 October 2020

Praying at Home Today: Friday 16 October 2020

Praying at home today: Limitations of Authority

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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.

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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

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to God’s name.

Afferte Domino gloriam nomini ejus.

Rendez à l’Eternel la gloire due à son nom.

Psalm 95 (96):8

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

Nemo est supra legis

Our first reading gives a timely reminder about the responsibility of kings and, by extension, presidents and other world leaders.

Moses sees that Israel, like all the other nations around, will want a king to keep them in order.

Interestingly, this ruler must be from their own community, not a foreigner.

More interesting is the charge laid to this king: he is not to be greedy, hoarding assets, material or otherwise.

He is to have a copy of this law and to read it every day of his life that he may learn to fear the Lord God and keep all God’s statutes.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to God’s name.

He is not to lord it over his community.

(This sounds a bit like the Declaration of Arbroath, which may well have been influenced by Deuteronomy 17.) 

A little earlier in the book (chapter 15) is the injunction for a sabbatical year, in which debts incurred must be forgiven in year seven. In this way, there will be no poor people in the community.

What a staggering vision for us today, reminiscent of Mary’s Song:

And his mercy is on them that fear him:
throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Tending the flock of God

The Apostle Peter tells the elders (the presbyters) that they are not to lord it over others but to be examples to the flock in their charge.

This is a ministry of service, not the work of a tyrant.

And all of you must clothe yourself with humility
in your dealings with one another,
for ‘God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.’  


Prayer Suggestions

On this day when we commemorate Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley (Martyrs, 1555),
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:

  • for world leaders, that they may learn integrity and humility
    and respect for the poorest people in their charge
  • for religious leaders, that they may be strong, loving and wise
  • for broadcasters, working to provide public service to encourage us at this difficult time
  • for singers and instrumentalists
  • for Stirling University Choir as they record a Songs of Praise broadcast this evening.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we pray today
for those seeking work.)

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

Almighty and merciful God:
in your goodness keep from us all that is harmful;
that, being ready both in body and soul,
we may freely accomplish your will;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

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 related readings (Track 2).

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 usually 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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