Praying at Home Today: Friday 15 January 2021

Praying at Home Today: Friday 15 January 2021

Praying at home today
pointing away from ourselves to the living God

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’s optional!
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.
Amen.

Short reading

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Non est occultatum os meum a te,
quod fecisti in occulto;
et substantia mea in inferioribus terrae.

Mon corps n’était pas caché devant toi
lorsque j’ai été fait dans le secret,
tissé dans les profondeurs de la terre.

Psalm 138 (139):15

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

We’re picking up on yesterday’s Psalm theme: the God who welcomes us and loves us.

The people of Israel

The history of the people of Israel is both complex and simple.

It’s complex because there’s simply so much history, some of which is recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.

And it’s simple insofar as there is one constant, cyclical theme: choice, faithfulness, infidelity, repentance and healing.

So in the first reading, we’re at another turning away point. Joshua dies and the people, bereft of a leader, turn away from God, again.

This leads to the appointment of judges/governors who rule their provinces and keep the people more or less in line.

Eventually, the people will tire of these governors and demand a king, the first of which is Saul, followed by David and Solomon.

But they will first need Samuel, about whom we will hear on Sunday, not yet formed in his mother’s womb, and yet already part of God’s plan for God’s people.

John the Baptist – the forerunner of Christ

As Samuel would be a necessary prerequisite for King David, so John the Baptist is the forerunner for Jesus, the one to who his life and ministry points:

And as John was finishing his work, he said,
“What do you suppose that I am?
I am not he.
No, but one is coming after me;
I am not worthy
to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.”

Acts 13:25b

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Music for reflection *

Prayer Suggestions

We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:

  • for those in anguish and fear due to the pandemic
  • for the Church in Glasgow mourning the passing of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
  • for our nursing and medical staff
    and for all who bring light, love and joy into our lives.

(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for an end to the tension and violence in The Horn of Africa
and for the repose of the soul of Douglas Turnbull and for his family who mourn for him.)

For all who have asked for our prayers.

a moment of silence

Pray for us all

Amen.

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.
Amen.

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

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we, being born again,
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
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.
Amen.

Returning to the world

Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. Alleluia!

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 Bookshop.org

Praying at Home Today: Acknowledgements

The lectionary for weekdays is taken from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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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