Praying at Home Today: Thursday 1 July 2021
Praying at home today:
Keeping to God’s covenant means life eternally in God’s “now”
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.
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.
For if you truly amend your ways and your doings,
if you truly act justly one with another,
if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow,
or shed innocent blood in this place,
and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt,
then I will dwell with you in this place,
in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors for ever and ever.
Quoniam si bene direxeritis vias vestras, et studia vestra;
si feceritis judicium inter virum et proximum ejus;
advenae, et pupillo, et viduae non feceritis calumniam,
nec sanguinem innocentem effuderitis in loco hoc,
et post deos alienos non ambulaveritis in malum vobismetipsis:
habitabo vobiscum in loco isto,
in terra quam dedi patribus vestris a saeculo et usque in saeculum.
Si vraiment vous corrigez votre conduite et votre manière d’agir,
si vraiment vous faites justice aux uns et aux autres,
si vous n’exploitez pas l’étranger, l’orphelin et la veuve,
si vous ne versez pas le sang innocent dans cet endroit
et si vous ne vous tournez pas vers d’autres dieux pour votre malheur,
alors je vous laisserai habiter ici,
dans ce pays que j’ai donné à vos ancêtres depuis toujours et pour toujours.
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
A few words caught my eye as I chose the verses for today’s Short Reading:
to your own hurt
as part of the phrase:
if you do not go after other gods
to your own hurt.
God’s promise to dwell with God’s people is firm and established.
Nevertheless, we are challenged to live according to the covenant made with us in the people of Israel and ratified in the blood of the new covenant.
Obedience to this law (not simply complying with it out of fear) means
- amending our ways (our direction)
and all we do
- acting justly with all
- refraining from oppressing the “other”
- preserving and promoting life
- remaining faithful.
Anything else will hurt and harm us and our relationships, with one another and with God.
But to keep to the covenant means sharing in the fulness of life eternally in God’s “now”.
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit.
God’s time is the very best time.
While preparing this, I came across an interesting recording of the Sinfonia from JS Bach’s ‘Actus Tragicus’: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106: 2a (transcribed for piano duet by György Kurtág), played by Lucas & Arthur Jussen. It’s stunningly beautiful.
Then, looking further, I found this one, played by György Kurtág and his wife Márta on an upright piano (compared to the beautiful Steinway concert grand, played by the Jussen brothers).
It’s extraordinarily moving.
OK, this is definitely the last one, this time in its original version, for two recorders and strings.
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Music for reflection
(I can’t follow that, so I’m going to listen again to the Bach!)
As the Church celebrates Serf (Bishop, 500),
we pray at home today for the needs of our world.
(In Holy Trinity, Stirling, we invite you to pray today
for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector.)
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.
let the world be ordered in peace, according to your will:
that your people may be free to worship you with joy;
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
* 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
Other worship resources
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.
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