Readings + Prayers • September 16-22, 2019

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 96 | 2 Samuel 17.24-18.8 | Acts 22.30-23.11 | Mark 11.12-26

Lord God of power and might, nothing is good which is against your will, and all is of value which comes from your hand. Place in our hearts a desire to please you and fill our minds with insight into love, so that every thought may grow in wisdom and all our efforts may be filled with your peace.

Tuesday Psalm 97 | 2 Sam. 18.9-18 | Acts 23.12-24 | Mark 11.27-12.12

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life.

Wednesday Psalm 98 | 2 Sam. 18.19-33 | Acts 23.23-35 | Mark 12.13-27

Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us without all doubt to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life that, following his steps, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leads to eternal life.

Thursday Psalm 99 | 2 Sam. 19.1-23 | Acts 24.1-23 | Mark 12.28-34

Almighty, Eternal God of Truth…I confess and I am deeply sorry that I am sinful and have so often sinned against you. I implore you to forgive me all my sins, be gracious to me, & justify me for the sake of your beloved Son, who you decree as the Redeemer of mankind. With your Holy Spirit purify my heart and guide my soul that I may truly know, love, & serve you.

Friday Psalm 100 | 2 Sam. 19.24-43 | Acts 24.24-25.12 | Mark 12.35-44

We thank you, O God, that your love is always exposing the way our lives fall short of how they ought to be lived. Give us of your grace such power over all those things which make us uneasy in your company that more and more we may find ourselves at home with you.   

Saturday Psalm 101 | 2 Samuel 23.1-17 | Acts 25.13-27 | Mark 13.1-13

O God, who calls us to yourself, that in union with you we may know you as you are, grant that such fellowship may be ours; and that, walking in the light, we may be inspired in thought and word and act.

Sunday Psalm 102 | 2 Samuel 24.1-25 | Galatians 3.23-4.7 | John 8.12-20

God our Father, you redeem us and make us your children in Christ. Look upon us, give us true freedom and bring us to the inheritance you promised.

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