Sunday, July 16, 2017

I Will Watch for You


O my strength, I will watch for you;
for you, O God, are my fortress.
Psalm 59:9
  • Allow the call to worship to calm your spirit and center your thoughts on God, repeating it and meditating on it as needed.
God our Creator, your kindness has brought me the gift of a new morning. Help me not to cling to yesterday, nor covet tomorrow, but to accept the uniqueness of today. By your love—celebrated in your Word, seen in your Son, brought near by your Spirit—take from me all we need carry no longer, that I may be free again to choose to serve you and my neighbor.
Common Order (Church of Scotland)

Jesus said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
❧ Mark 14:36-38


The Man who lay prone in anguish beneath the olive-trees comes forth in serene tranquillity, and gives himself up to the death for us all. His agony was endured for us, and needs for its explanation the fact that it was so. His victory through prayer was for us, that we too might conquer by the same weapons. His voluntary surrender was for us, that by his stripes we might be healed. Surely we shall not sleep as did these others, but, moved by his sorrows and animated by his victory, watch and pray that we may share in the virtue of his sufferings and imitate the example of his submission.
❧ Alexander Maclaren


God of power, deliver me from evil and confirm my trust in you, that at dusk I may sing of your justice and at dawn exult in your mercy; through Jesus Christ my Lord.
Liturgy of the Hours
  • Let today's devotional material guide you in your personal prayers, then close with the...
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
❧ Matthew 6:9-13

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