“Let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure…”
—-Augustus M. Toplady, 1762
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 Psalm 91:14-15
Those who love the Lord, God will deliver;
when they call, God will answer them.
Prayer Daily Office, Orthodox
Glory to thee, O Lord, Glory to thee!
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth,
who art everywhere present and fillest all things,
treasury of all good and giver of life,
come and dwell within us;
cleanse us from all unrighteousness,
and of thy goodness, save our souls. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, by Antonio Vivaldi, sung by Voces Para Paz, Madrid. Listen and pray.
Reading of the Day Judges 2: 1-10
1 Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, “I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you into the land that I had promised to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you. 2 For your part, do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of this land; tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my command. See what you have done! 3 So now I say, I will not drive them out before you; but they shall become adversaries to you, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” 4 When the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the Israelites, the people lifted up their voices and wept. 5 So they named that place Bochim, and there they sacrificed to the Lord.
6 When Joshua dismissed the people, the Israelites all went to their own inheritances to take possession of the land. 7 The people worshiped the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. 8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of one hundred ten years. 9 So they buried him within the bounds of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10 Moreover, that whole generation was gathered to their ancestors, and another generation grew up after them, who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by COVID 19 and by its side effects in our world. Pray for the thousands who are still being diagnosed positive in the U.S. each day. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Pray today for election workers in Harris County and beyond, as they begin the time of early voting; pray that their work is safe and without anxiety, and full of good cheer. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
be with your spirit. Alleluia!
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.