Praying at Home Today: Wednesday 16 June 2021
Praying at home today:
For a closer walk with God, day by day
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.
No good tree bears bad fruit,
nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;
for each tree is known by its own fruit.
Non est enim arbor bona, quae facit fructus malos:
neque arbor mala, faciens fructum bonum.
Unaquaeque enim arbor de fructu suo cognoscitur.
Un bon arbre ne porte pas de mauvais fruits
ni un mauvais arbre de bons fruits.
En effet, chaque arbre se reconnaît à son fruit.
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
Again, the cedars of Lebanon get a mention in today’s readings.
In Jeremiah’s exhortation to the King of Judah to repent, he refers to the choicest cedars being cut down and put on the fire. Given what we know of the size of these trees, this wasn’t a meaningless threat. The impact would have been colossal.
And why would such a thing happen? Because they have not kept to the covenant made between God and God’s people. When God chose Israel, it was because of God’s great love for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants with whom God made an unbreakable covenant.
And yet the Houses of Israel and Judah constantly broke the covenant, turning away from God and serving other gods.
Our Gospel reading
In the Gospels, Jesus rightly castigates the Pharisees who lay unnecessary burdens on people.
In Matthew’s account of what Luke describes, the comments are addressed to the Pharisees who, understandably, are displeased by his words.
Luke the Physician, perhaps with a more holistic approach, addresses these words directly to his disciples and thus to us.
The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good,
and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil;
for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
Nevertheless, we must always be aware of the opportunity for repentance (and conversely, of the possibility of a good person going astray).
Life is dynamic; we have no say about the society, class or country in which we are born and grow up. So we cannot judge others.
At every moment in our lives, we are given options from which to choose.
Let’s make good choices!
And with the inspiration of Richard of Chichester, let’s pray today and every day:
may we know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly.
Music for reflection
On this Feast of Richard of Chichester (Bishop 1253),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
- for a closer walk with God
- for refugees and political prisoners
- for those who opened their doors and hearts to refugees.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative.)
For all who have asked for our prayers.
a moment of silence
Pray for us all
Prayer for Palestine and Israel
O God the creator of all life,
we bring before you all the people who call Israel and Palestine home.
We particularly remember those living in Jerusalem and Gaza
whose lives are marred by restrictions to their freedom,
the threat of eviction from their homes
and the constant fear of armed conflict.
We ask your forgiveness for the anger, hatred and violence
that all of us have the potential to carry within us.
We beseech you to soften hearts and open minds
so that the sanctity of life is always protected,
the right to freedom of worship upheld
and the security of a safe home defended.
We pray that justice will flow like rivers,
that human dignity will be respected
and that each of us may strive
to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you our God.
Embrace the Middle East
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 always guide your people
whom you build up on the foundation of your love:
make us ever stand in awe of your Holy Name,
and love you in equal measure;
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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