Praying at Home Today: Monday 16 November 2020
Praying at home today: for resolution of conflict
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.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Et factus est Dominus refugium pauperi;
adjutor in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione.
L’Eternel est une forteresse pour l’opprimé,
une forteresse dans les moments de détresse.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Resolution of conflict
Composers love to use dissonance as a way of enhancing their compositions, bringing tension and release as a way of carrying the music forward.
Typically, there are strict rules for treating dissonance:
preparation – dissonance – resolution.
This takes place during the course of three chords.
A note that is naturally part of the first chord continues (or is rearticulated) while a second chord sounds, creating a dissonance; that dissonant note changes in the resolution as it moves to a note of that third chord.
Life mirrors art
In so many ways we can see that conflict arises from stability; it arises when one party refuses to move on, creating the crisis; it can only be resolved when all players come back into harmony.
Although this is a simplistic view of conflict, it can be helpful to see how difficulties can emerge in society.
Often there is no sudden, dramatic movement, the change can be gradual and barely perceptible (a bit like the poor frog being boiled – it doesn’t know it’s in hot water until it’s too late).
In our first reading today, the people of Jerusalem and the cities of Judah have been in trouble for 70 years.
Their infidelity probably arose out of carelessness and being misled, weakening them and allowing to fall prey to predatory nations.
But after these 70 years, God returns to Jerusalem with compassion, promising prosperity (as long as they remain in harmony!).
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Psalm 121 (122):6
As the Church celebrates Margaret of Scotland,
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for the peace of Jerusalem
and peace for Palestine
- for peoples displaced from their homes, especially Nagorno-Karabakh
- for politicians and other leaders, that they may seek integrity and truth
- for Councils, preparing for tighter pandemic restrictions,
and all affected by these decisions.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Faith and good Governance of Scotland.)
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.
forgive the transgressions of your people:
and by your goodness release us from the snare of sin,
in which, by our frailty, we have been caught;
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.
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 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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