Readings + Prayers • March 18-24, 2019

We continue this week in the season of Lent. Lent is the season of the church year that recalls Jesus’ suffering and atoning death for us and calls us to renewed repentance. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) and leads up to Good Friday and Easter, the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Monday  Psalm 63.1-11 | Jeremiah 1.11-19 | Romans 1.1-15 | John 4.27-42
God our Father, teach us to find new life through repentance. Keep us from sin, and help us live by your commandment of love.

Tuesday  Psalm 64.1-10 | Jeremiah 2.1-32 | Romans 1.16-25 | John 4.43-54
Lord, watch over your Church, and guide her with your unfailing love. Protect us from what could harm us and lead us to what will save us. Help us always, for without you we are bound to fail.

Wednesday  Psalm 65.1-13 | Jeremiah 3.6-18 | Romans 1.26-2.11 | John 5.1-18
Father, teach us to live good lives, encourage us with your wisdom and bring us to eternal life.

Thursday  Psalm 66.1-20 | Jeremiah 4.9-28 | Romans 2.12-24 | John 5.19-29
God of love, bring us back to you. Send your Spirit to strengthen our faith and equip us for good works.

Friday  Psalm 67.1-7 | Jeremiah 5.1-9 | Romans 2.25-3.18 | John 5.30-47
Merciful Father, may our repentance help us experience your forgiveness, open our hearts to your love, and prepare us for the coming feast of the resurrection.

Saturday  Psalm 68.1-35 | Jeremiah 5.20-31 | Romans 3.19-21 | John 7.1-13
God our Father, by your gifts to us on earth we already share in your life. In all we do, guide us to the light of your kingdom.

Sunday  Psalm 69.1-36 | Jeremiah 6.9-15 | 1 Corinthians 6.12-20 | Mark 5.1-20
Father, you have taught us to overcome our sins by prayer, fasting and works of mercy. When we are discouraged by our weakness, give us confidence in your love.

*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q29: How can we be saved?
A: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.


FROM SUNDAY'S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.
Since we have a great high priest, Jesus Christ,
let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(from Psalm 114 & Hebrews 4)

PRAYER OF ST. PATRICK
I rise today with the power of God to pilot me,
God's strength to sustain me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look ahead for me,
God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to protect me, God's way before me,
God's shield to defend me, God's host to deliver me:
from snares of devils, from evil temptations,
from nature's failings,
from all who wish to do me harm, far or near,
alone and in a crowd.

May Christ protect me today...
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me;
Christ in my lying, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising;
Christ in the heart of all who think of me.
Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,
Christ in the eye of all who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.
Amen.

CLOSING SCRIPTURE
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18)

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