Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

FRIDAY THE TWELFTH OF MAY, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

O Lord, with whom are strength and wisdom, put forth your strength, I implore you, for your own sake and for our sakes, and stand up to help us; for we are deceivable and weak persons, frail and brief, unstable and afraid, unless you put the might of your Holy Spirit within us. Amen, O Lord. Amen.

( Christina G. Rossetti )

PSALM EIGHTY-ONE

O come, let us sing to the Lord.

Sing merrily to God our strength,
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
Take up the song and sound the timbrel,
the tuneful lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
as at the full moon, upon our solemn feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel,
a law of the God of Jacob,
the charge he laid on the people of Joseph,
when they came out of the land of Egypt.

I heard a voice I did not know, that said:
"I eased their shoulder from the burden;
their hands were set free from bearing the load.
You called upon me in trouble and I delivered you;
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and proved you at the waters of Meribah.

"Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you:
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not worship a foreign god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
open your mouth wide and I shall fill it.

"But my people would not hear my voice
and Israel would not obey me.
So I sent them away in the stubbornness of their hearts,
and let them walk after their own counsels.

"O that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
Then I should soon put down their enemies
and turn my hand against their adversaries.
Those who hate the Lord would be humbled before him,
and their punishment would last for ever.
But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat
and with honey from the rock would I satisfy them."

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

O come, let us sing to the Lord.

Father of mercy,
keep us joyful in your salvation
and faithful to your covenant;
and, as we journey to your kingdom,
ever feed us with the bread of life,
your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Humanity: A race dedicated to many absurdities.

In the "Letter to the Hebrews," chapter two, verses fourteen and fifteen we read:

"Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he (Christ) himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death."

In his book "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander," Thomas Merton wrote:

“It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, within all that, God also gloried in becoming a member of the human race. A member of the human race! To think that such a commonplace realisation should suddenly seem like news that one holds the winning ticket in a cosmic sweepstake.

"I have the immense joy of being a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realise what we all are. And if only everybody could realise this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.

"It was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes.”

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who bring us hope and encouragement on difficult days.

... for the gift of laughter in the face of absurdity.

... for nurses, auxiliary nurses and health care assistants. DETAILS

... for Miriam Rodríguez Martínez who was shot in her home in the town of San Fernando, Mexico on Wednesday after successfully investigating the kidnap and murder of her daughter by a local drug cartel. For all who are searching for the "disappeared" and all who are prepared to help bring criminals to justice even when it could lead to their own murder. DETAILS

... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READING

From "The Epistle to the Ephesians" by Ignatius:

It is better for a man to be silent and be a Christian, than to talk and not to be one.

“The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”

Men “believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth,” the one “unto righteousness,” the other “unto salvation.” It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts. For he who shall both “do and teach, the same shall be great in the kingdom.”

Our lord and God, Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, first did and then taught, as Luke testifies, “whose praise is in the Gospel through all the Churches.”

There is nothing which is hid from the Lord, but our very secrets are near to him. Let us therefore do all things as those who have him dwelling in us, that we may be his temples and he may be in us as God. Let Christ speak in us, even as he did in Paul. Let the Holy Spirit teach us to speak the things of Christ in like manner as he did.

CLOSING PRAYER

O you who know our hearts, and who sees our temptations and struggles, have pity upon us, and deliver us from the sins which make war upon our souls. You are all-powerful and we are weak and erring. Our trust is in you, O faithful and good God. Deliver us from the bondage of evil, and grant that we may hereafter be your devoted servants, serving you in the freedom of holy love, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

( Eugene Bersier )

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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