I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand…
William Williams, 1745
Preparation for worship
Sit in a relaxed position. Take a slow, deep breath (or 2 or 3 or as many as needed) until you feel your body, mind, and soul begin to relax and rest in the Spirit. Take time to reflect as you move through this time of worship…
Opening Sentences— 1 John 3:2
Beloved, we are God’s children now; when Christ is revealed, we will be like him.
Prayer based on a prayer of Clement of Rome (1st century)
We pray to you, O God:
be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted,
have mercy on the lowly,
raise up the fallen,
help the needy,
humble the proud,
return the lost,
feed the hungry,
release the captive,
heal the sick,
revive the weak,
comfort those in fear.
All this we ask
for the sake of the world you love,
and in the name of the one you sent to save us:
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (The Presbyterian Hymnal #482) at a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster Abbey, Tuesday 4th June 2013. Click here to listen and pray.
Reading of the Day: 1 Peter 1: 13-21
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by COVID 19, including Mark Sabala and Marcy Szeliga in their work as nurses, Debbi’s daughter Linda’s neighbors, Star Sims and her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, all hospitalized with the virus, and Mary Warwick from TWRC. Pray for all who are increasingly lonely. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
Now to the Sovereign eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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Becky Downs, pastor of John Knox, started writing daily prayers for the congregation at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, to encourage the congregation in their faith during their time of separation from each other. The daily prayers were posted throughout the year. You might want to choose one a day to read, and modify the specific prayers for self and others to fit your life today.