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Readings & Prayers • July 6-12

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The season after Pentecost is sometimes called Ordinary Time. This is a chance for the church to reflect on how the gospel works into the nooks and crannies of ordinary life. As such, it marks the longest portion of the Christian year.

Monday Psalm 86 | Numbers 9.15-10.36 | Romans 1.1-15 | Matthew 17.14-21

Father in heaven, the light of Jesus has scattered the darkness of hatred and sin. Called to that light we ask for your guidance. Form our lives in your truth, our hearts in your love.

Tuesday Psalm 87 | Numbers 11.1-23 | Romans 1.16-25 | Matthew 17.22-27

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion.

Wednesday Psalm 88 | Numbers 11.24-35 | Romans 1.28-2.11 | Matthew 18.1-9

O Lord, whose gracious presence never fails to guide and govern those whom you have nurtured in your steadfast love and worship, make us ever revere and adore your holy name.

Thursday Psalm 89 | Numbers 12.1-16 | Romans 2.12-24 | Matthew 18.10-20

O God, who by your Holy Spirit did at first establish a Church, and who, by sanctifying it by the same Spirit, still preserves and governs it; hear the prayers of your servants, and mercifully grant us the perpetual assistance of your grace, that we may never be deceived by any false spirit, nor overcome by the suggestions of flesh and blood, but in all our doubts may be directed in the ways of truth, and in all our actions guided by this Holy Spirit.

Friday Psalm 90 | Numbers 13.1-30 | Romans 2.25-3.8 | Matthew 18.21-35

You have called us into your presence, O God. Be therefore light for our darkness, and strength for every high purpose wherein we are weak.

Saturday Psalm 91 | Numbers 13.31-14.25 | Romans 3.9-20 | Matthew 19.1-12

Prepare our hearts, O Lord, to accept your word. Silence in us any voice but yours, that hearing, we may also obey your will.

Sunday Psalm 92 | Numbers 14.26-45 | Acts 15.1-12 | Luke 12.49-56

Father, through the obedience of Jesus, your servant and your Son, you raised a fallen world. Free us from sin and bring us the joy that lasts forever.


Q45: Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

A: No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.