Year IV: Week 23 of Ordinary Time

Friday: Afternoon Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

In the church calendar the long stretch of time between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is known as ‘Ordinary Time.’ Inasmuch as we have celebrated the birth, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the subsequent descent of the Holy Spirit; so this time is often seen as representative of the long ‘Church Age’ when the gospel is preached to all creation.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
God, come to my assistance.
All:
Lord, make haste to help me.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

 

AFTERNOON PSALM

Psalm 119:121-128

ב Beth

How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


WORSHIP
(Optional)

All:
(A short time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


OLD TESTAMENT READING

Proverbs 28:15-28

Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
    but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
If one is burdened with the blood of another,
    he will be a fugitive until death;
    let no one help him.
Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
    but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
A faithful man will abound with blessings,
    but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
To show partiality is not good,
    but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
A stingy man hastens after wealth
    and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
Whoever rebukes a man will afterwards find more favour
    than he who flatters with his tongue.
Whoever robs his father or his mother
    and says, “That is no transgression”,
    is a companion to a man who destroys.
A greedy man stirs up strife,
    but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
    but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
    but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection……


PRAYER

(Take a moment to bring to God any issues that have arisen during the morning. You may like to end with the following prayer…)

Reader:
Mighty God, as we come to the end of our week,
Grant your blessings over all we love and your increase upon all we do,
We ask this in Jesus name. Amen

(If these prayers are taking place before food, you may like to say the Grace here also.)

GRACE (Optional)

Lord God, we thank you for your gift to us of this food;
Produce of earth, sky, many living beings, and much hard work.

May we eat with prayerfulness, gratitude and moderation;
With renewed minds and spirit-controlled appetites.

May we eat with compassion for those who hunger today,
And in such a way that reduces the suffering of all creatures;
Healing and preserving our precious planet.

Use this food to strengthen our bodies, revive our spirits,
Nurture our family and nourish our resolve;
That we may continue to serve all that lives with all our life. Amen


Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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