Praying at Home Today: Monday 7 December 2020
Praying at home today: God’s call to us – just as we are
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.
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.
Everything is optional!
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 the promise is for you, for your children,
and for all who are far away,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls.
Vobis enim est repromissio, et filiis vestris,
et omnibus qui longe sunt,
quoscumque advocaverit Dominus Deus noster.
En effet, la promesse est pour vous, pour vos enfants
et pour tous ceux qui sont au loin,
en aussi grand nombre que le Seigneur notre Dieu les appellera.
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
I will be with you always;
yes, to the end of the age.
These final words of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel are a promise to us of God’s abiding presence.
The Hebrew name for Jesus ‘Yehoshua’, ‘Yeshua’ means ‘God saves’, ‘God rescues’.
In the Isaiah reading, we hear (and as reflected yesterday), that the way is levelled, made smooth.
Even though the way is straightened and levelled, it’s still not an easy path; we’ll still have our ups and downs as we go through life.
And that’s fine, otherwise, we’d just be automatons, two-dimensional robots.
God calls us as we are, just as we are.
We don’t have to wait until we’ve “got all our ducks in line”.
And as we sing (or at least reflect on the words) ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’, we do so confident in the call that God has for us:
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest.
Come, Lord Jesus
Music for reflection *
As the Church celebrates Ambrose of Milan,
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of the world:
- for the Vanderbilt Divinity Library,
providing worship resources we can share
- for the Church in Milan
- for voters in Cameroon, Romania and Venezuela
- for Palestine and Israel.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for the Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
Make us ready …
that with uprightness of heart and holy joy
we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ.
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!
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 Bookshop.org
Other worship resources
Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements
* The lectionary for weekdays in Ordinary Time is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, 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 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.
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