Praying at Home Today: Tuesday 9 February 2021
Praying at home today:
For reconciliation and healing
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.
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.
From heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die.
Dominus de caelo in terram aspexit:
ut audiret gemitus compeditorum;
ut solveret filios interemptorum.
Du haut du ciel, l’Eternel observe la terre
pour écouter les gémissements des prisonniers,
pour délivrer ceux qui sont destinés à la mort.
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
Disagreement, separation and reconciliation
In the reading from Acts, we hear of a strong disagreement between Paul and Barnabas about the latter’s cousin, John Mark.
Although Barnabas insists on Mark accompanying them, Paul doesn’t trust him for the mission as he left him on the first missionary journey (we don’t know why – perhaps he disagreed with Paul or was unwell).
We hear that the arguments were vigorous (hot!) and, failing to reach an amicable outcome, Barnabas and Mark left together while Paul went off on his separate journey.
As we read in Colossians 4 and 2 Timothy 4, they were later reconciled, with Paul saying about him, “I find him a useful helper in my work”.
For us today, this story is encouraging. It is natural for humans to disagree and sometimes these disagreements seem unsurmountable. We have different outlooks on life, different priorities and “we’re right and they’re wrong”.
Nevertheless, in God’s good time, we can see other peoples’ viewpoints, we might modify our own and thereby reach the starting point for a possible agreement.
And it is in this process that the Holy Spirit is at work, bringing together divided and fallen humanity (“prisoners condemned to die”) so that together we may journey to the Kingdom.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for those who work tirelessly for reconciliation
- all the people of Myanmar
and for stability in Hong Kong and China.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary, and Vestry Members.)
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.
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 offenses,
comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous laisse pas entrer en 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.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificetur 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.
O Lord, watch over your household with constant love:
that, supported by you alone,
we may always stand firm in your protection;
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
There are several books by Brother Roger of the Taizé Community from many booksellers.
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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.
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