Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Praying at home today:
God's compassion, rebuilding ruins
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!
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.
God opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.
Dirupit petram, et fluxerunt aquae:
abierunt in sicco flumina.
L’Etérnel a ouvert le rocher et de l’eau a coulé,
elle s’est déversée comme un fleuve dans les lieux arides.
The Liturgy of the Word
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
A number of the texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) express God’s anger at the people’s idolatry and general infidelity.
Yet there are also deeply compassionate streams flowing through these Scriptures.
One of these streams is that of restoration, or refreshment, in which God reminds the people of God’s covenant; what today we might recognise as the gradual unfolding of God’s plan of healing and redemption.
One image of this redemption is the water flowing in the desert: where once there was only arid ground, there is now soil in which life can grow, bringing food for the hungry poor.
As Jeremiah wrote:
Thus says the Lord:
I am going to restore the fortunes
of the tents of Jacob,
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound,
and the citadel set on its rightful site.
Out of them shall come thanksgiving,
and the sound of merrymakers.
Do not be afraid,
for I am with you.
Music for reflection
As the Church celebrates the life and witness of John and Charles Wesley,
we pray at home today, bringing before God the needs of our world:
- in this Fairtrade Fortnight, we give thanks for all who labour in the hope of a just wage
and for all helping to make work and trade more equitable
- with thanksgiving for the charisms of the Methodist Church,
emphasising Christian living, on putting faith and love into action
- for the ongoing situation in Myanmar and the Middle East
- for peace and justice throughout the world.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Stirling Methodists and Mary Patterson, their minister.)
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.
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.
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.
you see that we lack the strength to help ourselves:
protect us both inwardly and outwardly;
that our bodies may be guarded from adversity,
and our minds may be defended from such thoughts as assault and harm the soul;
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.
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.