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Daily Prayer -December 13



Opening sentences

One thing I have asked of the Lord,this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lordall the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lordand to seek Him in His temple.

Call: Who is it that you seek? Response: We seek the Lord our God.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart? Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Declaration of faith

To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,and we have believed and have come to knowthat You are the Holy One of God.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ,King of endless glory.


Today’s Scripture Reading


13 December


Psalm 119:62-64

At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous ordinances. I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes. 

Exodus 20:1-9, 12-17; 31:18

Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. When God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.


These Scripture Readings relate to the Colman Readings (The Jesse Tree) in Celtic Daily

Prayer 2


Today’s Meditation


Achsah waits for Othniel

Capture a city:

let us prove God there.

Give me a field,

though dry, unpromising and bare.

Sink me a well

to water all this land:

let me draw deep.

And feed me from your hand.

Show me a cave,remind me of the past:embrace my exile.Tell me I’m loved at last.Safe in the deepening darkness,uncover a heart that sings.Feet planted firmly in the ground,release the nether springs!

Andy Raine, based loosely on Judges 1:12-15


Prayers for others

 

Canticle

Christ, as a lightillumine and guide me.Christ, as a shieldovershadow me.Christ under me;Christ over me;Christ beside meon my left and my right.This day be within and without me,lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.This day be within and without me,lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.Christ as a light;Christ as a shield;Christ beside meon my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,wherever He may send you.May He guide you through the wilderness,protect you through the storm.May He bring you home rejoicingat the wonders He has shown you.May He bring you home rejoicingonce again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


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