Midday Prayers 4.29.2020

Psalm Reading: Psalm 38: 9-11, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22
Silence 30 seconds
Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13-17
Silence 15 seconds
Devotional Reading
Silence 15 seconds
Self-Examination Question
Prayers of the People
Our Father Prayer

Psalm 38: 9-11, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22

9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
my neighbors stay far away.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
17 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.
21 Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Devotional Reading

“One of the least helpful ways to stop worrying is to try hard not to think about the things we are worrying about…Jesus’ advice to set our hearts on God’s Kingdom is somewhat paradoxical.  ‘If you want to worry, worry about that which is worth the effort.  Worry about larger things than your family, your friends, or tomorrow’s meeting.  Worry about the things of God:  [truth, beauty, justice, life].  

As soon as we set our hearts on these things our minds stop spinning because we enter into communion with the One who is present to us here and now and is there to give us what we most need.  And so worrying becomes prayer, and our feelings of powerlessness are transformed into a consciousness of being empowered by God’s spirit.”

Henri Nouwen, Here and Now

2 minutes of Self-Examination

What currently worries you?  How can you change that worry into prayer and seek what God longs to do in your heart and life?”

Take a moment to share your prayer with God.

Our Father Prayer

Our Father who is in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

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