Praying at Home Today: Thursday 11 February 2021
Praying at home today:
Listening to God’s word and doing what is right
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.
If you will listen to all that I command you,
walk in my ways, and do what is right,
I will be with you, and will build you an enduring house,
as I built for David.
Si igitur audieris omnia quae praecepero tibi,
et ambulaveris in viis meis, et feceris quod rectum est:
ero tecum, et aedificabo tibi domum fidelem,
quomodo aedificavi David domum.
Si tu obéis à tout ce que je t’ordonnerai,
si tu marches dans mes voies et si tu fais ce qui est droit,
je serai avec toi, je te construirai une maison stable,
comme j’en ai construit une à David.
from 1 Kings 11:38
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
Solomon’s lack of wisdom
Although usually credited with great wisdom, Solomon, son of David, often showed a complete lack of it.
His penchant for foreign women, along with his tolerance and sometimes active participation in their religious ceremonies, was a monumental folly resulting, like his two predecessors, in failure as the King of Israel.
Over the next three days, we will hear some of the story of Jeroboam, a skilled man, who repaired the breach in the city walls leading to the king entrusting him with the oversight of the forced labourers.
He meets Ahijah (his name means ‘Brother’, i.e. friend, of Yah, the Lord), who prophesies the division of the people of Israel into two kingdoms after Solomon’s death: the southern kingdom, Israel and the northern kingdom of Judah, made up of the remaining ten tribes.
Jeroboam is told that if he is faithful then all will go well for him: Listen to God’s word and do what is right.
We’ll hear if this is how it turns out.
As our Psalm says:
The Lord calls to the heavens above
and to the earth,
that God may judge [the] people:
‘Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’
God willing, we may be counted in that number.
Music for reflection
We pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- for people living in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian assistance
- for the victims of the Tsunami in the South Pacific
- with thanksgiving for signs of hope in the Gaza Strip.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for our Director of Music Alistair Warwick, the Choir and the Music Group.)
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
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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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