Readings / Prayers

Prayer During the Day In Ordinary Time

Psalms and Readings for Weeks 2, 3 & 4

During the long weeks of ordinary time prayer during the day follows a 4 week cycle for the psalms and the readings.  The booklet with the service contains those for week 1 which began on the 1st June.  This booklet contains them for weeks 2, 3 & 4.

Week 2

(First week commencing 7th June)

Sunday

Psalm 34

Refrain:

1       I will bless the Lord at all times; *

         his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2       My soul shall glory in the Lord; *

         let the humble hear and be glad.

3       O magnify the Lord with me; *

         let us exalt his name together.

4       I sought the Lord and he answered me *

         and delivered me from all my fears.

5       Look upon him and be radiant *

         and your faces shall not be ashamed.

6       This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me *

         and saved me from all my troubles. R

7       The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him*

         and delivers them.

8       O taste and see that the Lord is gracious; *

         blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9       Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, *

         for those who fear him lack nothing.

10     Lions may lack and suffer hunger, *

         but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. R

11     Come, my children, and listen to me; *

         I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12     Who is there who delights in life *

         and longs for days to enjoy good things?

13     Keep your tongue from evil *

         and your lips from lying words.

14     Turn from evil and do good; *

         seek peace and pursue it. R

15     The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous *

         and his ears are open to their cry.

16     The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, *

         to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17     The righteous cry and the Lord hears them *

         and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18     The Lord is near to the broken hearted *

         and will save those who are crushed in spirit. R

19     Many are the troubles of the righteous; *

         from them all will the Lord deliver them.

20     He keeps all their bones, *

         so that not one of them is broken.

21     But evil shall slay the wicked *

         and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22     The Lord ransoms the life of his servants *

         and will condemn none who seek refuge in him. R

Send your holy angels to watch over us,

O loving God, that on our lips will be found your truth

and in our hearts your love;

for his sake who died for love of our love,

even Jesus Christ our Saviour.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 19

17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

Monday

Psalm 65

Refrain:

1       Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; *

         to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.

2       To you shall all flesh come to confess their sins; *

         when our misdeeds prevail against us, you will purge them away.

3       Happy are they whom you choose

         and draw to your courts to dwell there. *

         We shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,

         even of your holy temple.

4       With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,

         O God of our salvation, *

         O hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.

5       In your strength you set fast the mountains *

         and are girded about with might.

6       You still the raging of the seas, *

         the roaring of their waves and the clamour of the peoples.

7       Those who dwell at the ends of the earth

         tremble at your marvels; *

         the gates of the morning and evening sing your praise. R

8       You visit the earth and water it; *

         you make it very plenteous.

9       The river of God is full of water; *

         you prepare grain for your people,

         for so you provide for the earth.

10     You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *

         you soften the ground with showers and bless its increase.

11     You crown the year with your goodness, *

         and your paths overflow with plenty.

12     May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness *

         and the hills be girded with joy.

13     May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep *

         and the valleys stand so thick with corn

         that they shall laugh and sing. R

May the richness of your creation, O God,

and the mystery of your sovereign rule,

lead us to that heavenly city

where all peoples will bring their wealth,

forsake their sins and find their true joy;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Proverbs 3: 7 – 12

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.

9 Honour the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Tuesday

Psalm 25

Refrain:

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,

for they are from everlasting.

1       To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, in you I trust; *

         let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.

2       Let none who look to you be put to shame, *

         but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated.

3       Make me to know your ways, O Lord, *

         and teach me your paths.

4       Lead me in your truth and teach me, *

         for you are the God of my salvation;

         for you have I hoped all the day long.

5       Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, *

         for they are from everlasting.

6       Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions, *

         but think on me in your goodness, O Lord,

         according to your steadfast love.

7       Gracious and upright is the Lord; *

         therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.

8       He will guide the humble in doing right *

         and teach his way to the lowly.

9       All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth *

         to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. R

10     For your name’s sake, O Lord, *

         be merciful to my sin, for it is great.

11     Who are those who fear the Lord? *

         Them will he teach in the way that they should choose.

12     Their soul shall dwell at ease *

         and their offspring shall inherit the land.

13     The hidden purpose of the Lord is for those who fear him*

         and he will show them his covenant. R

14     My eyes are ever looking to the Lord, *

         for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15     Turn to me and be gracious to me, *

         for I am alone and brought very low.

16     The sorrows of my heart have increased; *

         O bring me out of my distress.

17     Look upon my adversity and misery *

         and forgive me all my sin. R

18     Look upon my enemies, for they are many *

         and they bear a violent hatred against me.

19     O keep my soul and deliver me; *

         let me not be put to shame, for I have put my trust in you.

20     Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *

         for my hope has been in you.

21     Deliver Israel, O God, *

         out of all his troubles. R

Free us, God of mercy, from all that keeps us from you;

relieve the misery of the poor and destitute

and fill us all with the hope of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 35: 2 – 6

2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.  The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

Wednesday

Psalm 44

Refrain:

Awake, arise, to my cause, to my defence, my God and my Lord.

1       We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, *

all that you did in their days, in time of old;

2       How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, *

and broke the power of peoples and set us free.

3       For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land *

nor did their own arm save them, R

4       But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, *

because you were gracious to them.

5       You are my King and my God, *

who commanded salvation for Jacob.

6       Through you we drove back our adversaries; *

through your name we trod down our foes. R

7       For I did not trust in my bow; *

it was not my own sword that saved me;

8       It was you that saved us from our enemies *

and put our adversaries to shame.

9       We gloried in God all the day long, *

and were ever praising your name. R

10     But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame, *

and go not out with our armies.

11     You have made us turn our backs on our enemies, *

and our enemies have despoiled us.

12     You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered, *

and have scattered us among the nations. R

13     You have sold your people for a pittance *

and made no profit on their sale.

14     You have made us the taunt of our neighbours, *

the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.

15     You have made us a byword among the nations; *

among the peoples they wag their heads. R

16     My confusion is daily before me, *

and shame has covered my face,

17     At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler, *

at the sight of the enemy and avenger.

18     All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you *

and have not played false to your covenant. R

19     Our hearts have not turned back, *

nor our steps gone out of your way,

20     Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, *

and covered us with the shadow of death.

21     If we have forgotten the name of our God, *

or stretched out our hands to any strange god,

22     Will not God search it out? *

For he knows the secrets of the heart.

23     But for your sake are we killed all the day long, *

and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

24     Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord? *

Awake, and do not reject us for ever. R

25     Why do you hide your face *

and forget our grief and oppression?

26     Our soul is bowed down to the dust; *

our belly cleaves to the earth.

27     Rise up, O Lord, to help us *

and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love. R

In the darkness of unknowing, when your love seems absent

and your favour far away, draw near to us, O God,

through Jesus Christ, the forsaken one,

the risen one, our redeemer and our Lord.

Micah 4: 1 – 4; Peace and Security through Obedience

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, 2 and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; 4 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Thursday

Psalm 90

Refrain:

1       Lord, you have been our refuge *

         from one generation to another.

2       Before the mountains were brought forth,

         or the earth and the world were formed, *

         from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3       You turn us back to dust and say: *

         ‘Turn back, O children of earth.’

4       For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, *

         which passes like a watch in the night.

5       You sweep them away like a dream; *

         they fade away suddenly like the grass. R

6       In the morning it is green and flourishes; *

         in the evening it is dried up and withered.

7       For we consume away in your displeasure; *

         we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.

8       You have set our misdeeds before you *

         and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

9       When you are angry, all our days are gone; *

         our years come to an end like a sigh. R

10     The days of our life are three score years and ten,

         or if our strength endures, even four score; *

         yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,

         for they soon pass away and we are gone.

11     Who regards the power of your wrath *

         and your indignation like those who fear you?

12     So teach us to number our days *

         that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

13     Turn again, O Lord; how long will you delay? *

         Have compassion on your servants. R

14     Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning, *

         that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15     Give us gladness for the days you have afflicted us, *

         and for the years in which we have seen adversity.

16     Show your servants your works, *

         and let your glory be over their children.

17     May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us; *

         prosper our handiwork; O prosper the work of our hands. R

Eternal Father, our refuge from generation to generation,

in Christ your salvation has dawned for your people:

prosper the work of our hands

that the promise of your glorious kingdom

may be fulfilled in our midst; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Isaiah 43: 5 – 7

5 Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’, and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth— 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’

Friday

Psalm 120

Refrain:

1       When I was in trouble I called to the Lord; *

         I called to the Lord and he answered me.

2       Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips *

         and from a deceitful tongue.

3       What shall be given to you? *

         What more shall be done to you, deceitful tongue?

4       The sharp arrows of a warrior, *

         tempered in burning coals! R

5       Woe is me, that I must lodge in Meshech *

         and dwell among the tents of Kedar.

6       My soul has dwelt too long *

         with enemies of peace.

7       I am for making peace, *

         but when I speak of it, they make ready for war. R

God of consolation, look upon us, pilgrims in a strange land:

preserve us from slander and deceit, show us the truth

and give to our souls the peace Christ won upon the cross.

To him be glory for ever.

Isaiah 57: 15 – 19

15 For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble,

and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16 For I will not continually accuse, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirits would grow faint before me, even the souls that I have made. 17 Because of their wicked covetousness I was angry; I struck them, I hid and was angry; but they kept turning back to their own ways. 18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. 19 Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them.

Saturday

Psalm 131

Refrain:

Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly.

1       O Lord, my heart is not proud; *

         my eyes are not raised in haughty looks.

2       I do not occupy myself with great matters, *

         with things that are too high for me.

3       But I have quieted and stilled my soul,

         like a weaned child on its mother’s breast; *

         so my soul is quieted within me.

4       O Israel, trust in the Lord, *

         from this time forth for evermore. R

Eternal God, like a mother you calm and quieten our souls:

keep us humble as we see your wonder

and trusting as we live in your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 3: 14 – 19; Prayer for the Readers

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Week 3

(First week commencing 14th June)

Sunday

Psalm 115

Refrain:

         All the gods of the nations are but idols;

         It is the Lord who made the heavens.

1       Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give the glory, *

         for the sake of your loving mercy and truth.

2       Why should the nations say, *

         ‘Where is now their God?’

3       As for our God, he is in heaven; *

         he does whatever he pleases.

4       Their idols are silver and gold, *

         the work of human hands. R

5       They have mouths, but cannot speak; *

         eyes have they, but cannot see;

6       They have ears, but cannot hear; *

         noses have they, but cannot smell;

7       They have hands, but cannot feel;

         feet have they, but cannot walk; *

         not a whisper do they make from their throats.

8       Those who make them shall become like them *

         and so will all who put their trust in them. R

9       But you, Israel, put your trust in the Lord; *

         he is their help and their shield.

10     House of Aaron, trust in the Lord; *

         he is their help and their shield.

11     You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; *

         he is their help and their shield.

12     The Lord has been mindful of us and he will bless us; *

         may he bless the house of Israel;

         may he bless the house of Aaron;

13     May he bless those who fear the Lord, *

         both small and great together. R

14     May the Lord increase you more and more, *

         you and your children after you.

15     May you be blest by the Lord, *

         the maker of heaven and earth.

16     The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, *

         but the earth he has entrusted to his children.

17     The dead do not praise the Lord, *

         nor those gone down into silence;

18     But we will bless the Lord, *

         from this time forth for evermore. Alleluia. R

Living Lord, give your people hearts to seek you

and wills to reject dumb idols,

that we may not go down into silence

but live to praise your holy name;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

John 5: 15 – 18

15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ 18For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.

Monday

Psalm 104: 26 – end

26     O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

         In wisdom you have made them all;

         the earth is full of your creatures.

27     There is the sea, spread far and wide, *

         and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.

28     There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan *

         which you have made to play in the deep. R

29     All of these look to you *

         to give them their food in due season.

30     When you give it them, they gather it; *

         you open your hand and they are filled with good.

31     When you hide your face they are troubled; *

         when you take away their breath,

         they die and return again to the dust.

32     When you send forth your spirit, they are created, *

         and you renew the face of the earth. R

33     May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *

         may the Lord rejoice in his works;

34     He looks on the earth and it trembles; *

         he touches the mountains and they smoke.

35     I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *

         I will make music to my God while I have my being.

36     So shall my song please him*

         while I rejoice in the Lord.

37     Let sinners be consumed out of the earth

         and the wicked be no more. *

         Bless the Lord, O my soul. Alleluia. R

O Lord, how manifold are your works

and the earth is full of your creatures.

Send forth your Spirit again this day

to renew the face of the earth,

that the whole creation may reflect

the majesty of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 4: 26 – 29; The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

Tuesday

Psalm 36

Refrain:

The Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.

1       Sin whispers to the wicked, in the depths of their heart; *

         there is no fear of God before their eyes.

2       They flatter themselves in their own eyes *

         that their abominable sin will not be found out.

3       The words of their mouth are unrighteous and full of deceit; *

         they have ceased to act wisely and to do good.

4       They think out mischief upon their beds

         and have set themselves in no good way; *

         nor do they abhor that which is evil. R

5       Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens *

         and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6       Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,

         your justice like the great deep; *

         you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

7       How precious is your loving mercy, O God!*

         All mortal flesh shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

8       They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house; *

         they shall drink from the river of your delights. R

9       For with you is the well of life *

         and in your light shall we see light.

10     O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you *

         and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

11     Let not the foot of pride come against me, *

         nor the hand of the ungodly thrust me away.

12     There are they fallen, all who work wickedness. *

         They are cast down and shall not be able to stand. R

O God, the fountain and source of everlasting life,

in your light we see light:

increase in us the brightness of knowledge,

that we may be lightened with the radiance of your wisdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 9: 1 – 5; A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ 3Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’

Wednesday

Psalm 45

Refrain:

Behold our defender, O God,

         and look upon the face of your anointed.

1       My heart is astir with gracious words; *

         as I make my song for the king,

         my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2       You are the fairest of men; *

         full of grace are your lips, for God has blest you for ever.

3       Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one; *

         gird on your majesty and glory.

4       Ride on and prosper in the cause of truth *

         and for the sake of humility and righteousness. R

5       Your right hand will teach you terrible things; *

         your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies,

         so that peoples fall beneath you.

6       Your throne is God’s throne, for ever; *

         the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.

7       You love righteousness and hate iniquity; *

         therefore God, your God, has anointed you

         with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

8       All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia; *

         from ivory palaces the music of strings makes you glad.

9       Kings’ daughters are among your honourable women; *

         at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. R

10     Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear; *

         forget your own people and your father’s house.

11     So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty; *

         he is your lord, so do him honour.

12     The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts; *

         the richest of the people shall seek your favour.

13     The king’s daughter is all glorious within; *

         her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold. R

14     She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework; *

         after her the virgins that are her companions.

15     With joy and gladness shall they be brought *

         and enter into the palace of the king.

16     ‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons, *

         whom you shall make princes over all the land.

17     ‘I will make your name to be remembered through all generations; *

         therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’ R

Lord our God, enthroned in majesty,

inspire the praises of your people,

that our worship will be one with the marriage feast in heaven,

and your bride united with your anointed Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 9: 35 – end; The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Thursday

Psalm 101

Refrain:

1       I will sing of faithfulness and justice; *

         to you, O Lord, will I sing.

2       Let me be wise in the way that is perfect: *

         when will you come to me?

3       I will walk with purity of heart *

         within the walls of my house.

4       I will not set before my eyes *

         a counsel that is evil.

5       I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness; *

         they shall not cling to me. R

6       A crooked heart shall depart from me; *

         I will not know a wicked person.

7       One who slanders a neighbour in secret *

         I will quickly put to silence.

8       Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart *

         I will not endure. R

9       My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, *

         that they may dwell with me.

10     One who walks in the way that is pure *

         shall be my servant.

11     There shall not dwell in my house *

         one that practises deceit. R

12     One who utters falsehood *

         shall not continue in my sight.

13     Morning by morning will I put to silence *

         all the wicked in the land,

14     To cut off from the city of the Lord *

         all those who practise evil. R

Keep me, O Lord,

in purity of heart and faithfulness to your commands,

that your servant may walk before you in the way that is perfect;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Peter 2: 9 – 10

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.  10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Friday

Psalm 123

Refrain:

1       To you I lift up my eyes, *

         to you that are enthroned in the heavens.

2       As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, *

         or the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

3       So our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, *

         until he have mercy upon us. R

4       Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, *

         for we have had more than enough of contempt.

5       Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of the arrogant, *

         and of the contempt of the proud. R

Sovereign God, enthroned in the heavens,

look upon us with your eyes of mercy,

as we look upon you with humility and love,

and fill our souls with your peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2: 13 – 18

13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Saturday

Psalm 138

Refrain:

         I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt so bountifully with me.

1       I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *

         before the gods will I sing praise to you.

2       I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,

         because of your love and faithfulness; *

         for you have glorified your name and your word above all things. R

3       In the day that I called to you, you answered me; *

         you put new strength in my soul.

4       All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, *

         for they have heard the words of your mouth. R

5       They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, *

         that great is the glory of the Lord.

6       Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly; *

         as for the proud, he regards them from afar. R

7       Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will preserve me; *

         you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

         your right hand will save me.

8       The Lord shall make good his purpose for me; *

         your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;

         forsake not the work of your hands. R

Lord our God, supreme over all things,

we ask you to look upon the humble and lowly,

to put new strength into our souls

and to complete your purpose for us

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 11: 17 – 26; Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

Week 4

(First week commencing 21st June)

Sunday

Psalm 116

Refrain:

Precious in the sight of the Lord

         is the death of his faithful servants.

1       I love the Lord, for he has heard the voice of my supplication; *

         because he inclined his ear to me on the day I called to him.

2       The snares of death encompassed me;

         the pains of hell took hold of me; *

         by grief and sorrow was I held.

3       Then I called upon the name of the Lord: *

         ‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’

4       Gracious is the Lord and righteous; *

         our God is full of compassion. R

5       The Lord watches over the simple; *

         I was brought very low and he saved me.

6       Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *

         for the Lord has been gracious to you.

7       For you have delivered my soul from death, *

         my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.

8       I will walk before the Lord *

         in the land of the living. R

9       I believed that I should perish for I was sorely troubled; *

         and I said in my alarm, ‘Everyone is a liar.’

10     How shall I repay the Lord *

         for all the benefits he has given to me?

11     I will lift up the cup of salvation *

         and call upon the name of the Lord.

12     I will fulfil my vows to the Lord *

         in the presence of all his people.

13     Precious in the sight of the Lord *

         is the death of his faithful servants.

14     O Lord, I am your servant, *

         your servant, the child of your handmaid;

         you have freed me from my bonds.

15     I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

         and call upon the name of the Lord.

16     I will fulfil my vows to the Lord *

         in the presence of all his people,

17     In the courts of the house of the Lord, *

         in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Alleluia. R

Lord, you shared the limits of our life

to save us from the snares of death;

may we have the courage to walk before you

in the land of the living,

and witness to your presence before all the people;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revelation 21: 1 – 4; The New Heaven and the New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’

Monday

Psalm 50

Refrain:

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness

and put your trust in the Lord.

1       The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken *

         and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2       Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth; *

         our God comes and will not keep silence.

3       Consuming fire goes out before him*

         and a mighty tempest stirs about him.

4       He calls the heaven above, *

         and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5       ‘Gather to me my faithful, *

         who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.’

6       Let the heavens declare his righteousness, *

         for God himself is judge. R

7       Hear, O my people, and I will speak: *

         ‘I will testify against you, O Israel; for I am God, your God.

8       ‘I will not reprove you for your sacrifices, *

         for your burnt offerings are always before me.

9       ‘I will take no bull out of your house, *

         nor he-goat out of your folds,

10     ‘For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *

         the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11     ‘I know every bird of the mountains *

         and the insect of the field is mine.

12     ‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *

         for the whole world is mine and all that fills it.

13     ‘Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *

         or drink the blood of goats?

14     ‘Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

         and fulfil your vows to God Most High.

15     ‘Call upon me in the day of trouble; *

         I will deliver you and you shall honour me.’ R

16     But to the wicked, says God: *

         ‘Why do you recite my statutes

         and take my covenant upon your lips,

17     ‘Since you refuse to be disciplined *

         and have cast my words behind you?

18     ‘When you saw a thief, you made friends with him*

         and you threw in your lot with adulterers.

19     ‘You have loosed your lips for evil *

         and harnessed your tongue to deceit.

20     ‘You sit and speak evil of your brother; *

         you slander your own mother’s son.

21     ‘These things have you done, and should I keep silence? *

         Did you think that I am even such a one as yourself?

22     ‘But no, I must reprove you, *

         and set before your eyes the things that you have done.

23     ‘You that forget God, consider this well, *

         lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.

24     ‘Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me *

         and to those who keep my way will I show the salvation of God.’ R

Mighty God, dwelling in unapproachable light

and speaking with a voice of many waters,

forgive our vain attempts to reach you,

and show us the salvation you have wrought

in Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Matthew 25: 19 – 21

19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

Tuesday

Psalm 39

Refrain:

In you, Lord, have I put my trust;

you will answer me, O Lord my God.

1       I said, ‘I will keep watch over my ways, *

         so that I offend not with my tongue.

2       ‘I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, *

         while the wicked are in my sight.’

3       So I held my tongue and said nothing; *

         I kept silent but to no avail. R

4       My distress increased, my heart grew hot within me; *

         while I mused, the fire was kindled

         and I spoke out with my tongue:

5       ‘Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days, *

         that I may know how short my time is.

6       ‘You have made my days but a handsbreadth,

         and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *

         truly, even those who stand upright are but a breath. R

7       ‘We walk about like a shadow and in vain we are in turmoil; *

         we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.

8       ‘And now, what is my hope? *

         Truly my hope is even in you.

9       ‘Deliver me from all my transgressions *

         and do not make me the taunt of the fool.’ R

10     I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *

         for surely it was your doing.

11     Take away your plague from me; *

         I am consumed by the blows of your hand.

12     With rebukes for sin you punish us;

         like a moth you consume our beauty; *

         truly, everyone is but a breath. R

13     Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; *

         hold not your peace at my tears.

14     For I am but a stranger with you, *

         a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.

15     Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *

         before I go my way and am no more. R

O Christ, Son of the living God, grant that we may ever seek you

and feed on you all our days,

for you are in all and with all and through all,

Jesus, Lord and God.

Revelation 22: 1 – 2; The River of Life

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Wednesday

Psalm 72

Refrain:

1       Give the king your judgements, O God, *

         and your righteousness to the son of a king.

2       Then shall he judge your people righteously *

         and your poor with justice.

3       May the mountains bring forth peace, *

         and the little hills righteousness for the people.

4       May he defend the poor among the people, *

         deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor. R

5       May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, *

         from one generation to another.

6       May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, *

         like the showers that water the earth.

7       In his time shall righteousness flourish, *

         and abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more. R

8       May his dominion extend from sea to sea *

         and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Your kingdom come, O Lord, with deliverance for the needy,

with peace for the righteous,

with overflowing blessing for all nations,

with glory, honour and praise for the only Saviour,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 18: 33, 36 – 38

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ 38Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’

Jesus Sentenced to Death

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ‘I find no case against him.

Thursday

Psalm 107

Refrain:

1       O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, *

         for his steadfast love endures for ever.

2       Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, *

         those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

3       And gathered out of the lands from the east and from the west, *

         from the north and from the south.

4       Some went astray in desert wastes *

         and found no path to a city to dwell in.

5       Hungry and thirsty, *

         their soul was fainting within them.

6       So they cried to the Lord in their trouble *

         and he delivered them from their distress.

7       He set their feet on the right way *

         till they came to a city to dwell in.

8       Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness *

         and the wonders he does for his children.

9       For he satisfies the longing soul *

         and fills the hungry soul with good.

10     Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, *

         bound fast in misery and iron,

11     For they had rebelled against the words of God *

         and despised the counsel of the Most High.

12     So he bowed down their heart with heaviness; *

         they stumbled and there was none to help them.

13     Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *

         and he delivered them from their distress.

14     He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death, *

         and broke their bonds asunder.

15     Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness *

         and the wonders he does for his children.

16     For he has broken the doors of bronze *

         and breaks the bars of iron in pieces.

O God, your steadfast love endures for ever

and your faithfulness from one generation to another;

rescue your people from their distress,

still the storms of our self-will

and bring us to the haven you have prepared for us

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 17: 18 – 27

18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’

Friday

Psalm 124

Refrain:

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

         who has made heaven and earth.

1       If the Lord himself had not been on our side, *

         now may Israel say;

2       If the Lord had not been on our side, *

         when enemies rose up against us;

3       Then would they have swallowed us alive *

         when their anger burned against us; R

4       Then would the waters have overwhelmed us

         and the torrent gone over our soul; *

         over our soul would have swept the raging waters.

5       But blessed be the Lord *

         who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

6       Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowler; *

         the snare is broken and we are delivered.

7       Our help is in the name of the Lord, *

         who has made heaven and earth.

God, maker of heaven and earth,

you save us in the water of baptism

and by the suffering of your Son you set us free:

help us to put our trust in his victory

and to know that there is salvation only in

the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 9: 22 – 25

‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

23 Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?

Saturday

Psalm 139

Refrain:

         You will show me the path of life;

         in your presence is the fullness of joy.

1       O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *

         you know my sitting down and my rising up;

         you discern my thoughts from afar.

2       You mark out my journeys and my resting place *

         and are acquainted with all my ways.

3       For there is not a word on my tongue, *

         but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4       You encompass me behind and before *

         and lay your hand upon me.

5       Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, *

         so high that I cannot attain it.

6       Where can I go then from your spirit? *

         Or where can I flee from your presence? R

7       If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *

         if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8       If I take the wings of the morning *

         and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9       Even there your hand shall lead me, *

         your right hand hold me fast.

10     If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me *

         and the light around me turn to night,’

11     Even darkness is no darkness with you;

         the night is as clear as the day; *

         darkness and light to you are both alike.

12     For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

         you knit me together in my mother’s womb. R

13     I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; *

         marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

14     My frame was not hidden from you, *

         when I was made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

15     Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished; *

         already in your book were all my members written,

16     As day by day they were fashioned *

         when as yet there was none of them.

17     How deep are your counsels to me, O God! *

         How great is the sum of them!

18     If I count them, they are more in number than the sand, *

         and at the end, I am still in your presence. R

19     O that you would slay the wicked, O God, *

         that the bloodthirsty might depart from me!

20     They speak against you with wicked intent; *

         your enemies take up your name for evil.

21     Do I not oppose those, O Lord, who oppose you? *

         Do I not abhor those who rise up against you?

22     I hate them with a perfect hatred; *

         they have become my own enemies also.

23     Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *

         try me and examine my thoughts.

24     See if there is any way of wickedness in me *

         and lead me in the way everlasting. R

Lord, you created and fashioned us,

you know us and search us out,

you abide with us through light and dark:

help us to know your presence in this life

and, in the life to come, still to be with you;

where you are alive and reign,

God, for ever and ever.

Revelation 5: 8 – 10

8When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9They sing a new song:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; 10 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’

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