Praying at Home Today: Friday 4 December 2020
Praying at home today: for the courage to be the people of God in our world
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.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for God will speak peace to God’s people, to God’s faithful,
to those who turn to God in their hearts.
Audiam quid loquatur in me Dominus Deus,
quoniam loquetur pacem in plebem suam, et super sanctos suos,
et in eos qui convertuntur ad cor.
J’écouterai ce que dit Dieu, l’Eternel,
car il parle de paix à son peuple et à ses fidèles,
pourvu qu’ils ne retombent pas dans la folie.
The Liturgy of the Word *
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
As a young prophet, Jeremiah is terrified:
Ah, Lord God!
Truly I do not know how to speak,
for I am only a boy.
Yet God tells him not to be afraid, God will give him the words to speak.
In the reading from Acts, we read that the dispersed community of believers continued to proclaim the Good News but only to fellow Jews. It was those from Cyprus and Cyrene (a relative of Simon of that name) who extended the mission to the Greeks.
We can so easily limit ourselves to what seems safe and normal. It’s hard to reach outside our comfort zone.
And yet we need to be open to that call if it comes. And not to be afraid.
There is another to whom the words “Do not be afraid” are addressed: Mary, the Mother of the Lord.
She trusts the angel, God’s messenger, saying, “Be it done to me according to your word”.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for those who push the boundaries of science and knowledge
- for teachers working with students
- for the casualties in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh
- for religious and class tolerance.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
that we are alert to the good mental health and well-being of all ages.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
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.
Stir up our hearts, Lord,
to prepare the way of your only-begotten Son:
that, in his coming,
we might serve you with our hearts made pure;
through the same 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
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
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 usually 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.