Praying at Home Today: Friday 30 October 2020
Praying at home today: for the courage to seek the light and the truth and to follow that path unswervingly.
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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.
For you are the God in whom I take refuge.
Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea.
Toi, mon Dieu protecteur.
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
Both Ezekiel and the Apostle Peter warn about those who would lie to gain our trust, those who teach falsehoods.
The great divider is truly at work and many follow these lies.
Even using the formula “Says the Lord”, does not make a falsehood into truth.
The reference to whitewash (Ezekiel 13:10) reminds us of Jesus’ condemnation of the lawyers of his day, whom he described as whitewashed sepulchres: clean and shiny on the outside but festering inside, they are hypocrites and deceivers.
Is there any hope?
How can we know what to do when we are surrounded by liars and false prophets?
The Psalmist gives us a clue:
O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
Pursuit of the truth, not allowing ourselves to be fobbed off,
seeking light in questioning (rather than heat);
this is the path to God (and to one another),
whose presence is deep within us:
Then I will go to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy.
I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
Then, as did John the Baptist,
He must increase,
I must decrease.
may we discern our vocation as followers of Christ to be the light of the world, always pointing to him.
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world.
- for those who pursue the powerful,
to examine their claims and test them
- for journalists and reporters
- for voters facing dilemmas as to how to vote
- for the disenfranchised,
those who see no hope in politicians
- for those seeking a better life for their families
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for boat migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.)
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.
O Lord, in your mercy:
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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.
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 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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