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April 28th, 2020 Daily Devotional

I was part of an interfaith conversation a few months ago that included a discussion

about different approaches to prayer. My Jewish and Muslim colleagues talked

about their practices of set daily prayer, and the meaningful experience of saying

words each day that are shared by their siblings in faith. I reflected that in our own

Reformed tradition, prayers outside of worship are often more spontaneous in

language (with the exception of the Lord’s Prayer), and we all talked together

about the benefits we find in both kinds of prayer: the beauty in a shared

experience of using common and often ancient words, and the candor that comes

with prayers that bubble up in a particular moment.

I’m grateful that, on the days when I find comfort in some shared words, our Book

of Common Worship includes liturgy for Daily Prayer. So let me share with you

some of those words designated for Tuesday prayer.

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks

that through the gift of our baptism

you have poured out your grace upon us

and claimed us as your beloved people.

By the power of your Holy Spirit,

help us to love and serve you always

and to love and serve one another;

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Today’s Psalm is number 134:

Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,

who stand by night in the house of the Lord!

2 Lift up your hands to the holy place,

and bless the Lord.

3 May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,

bless you from Zion.

Let us pray.

Eternal God,

we rejoice this day in the gift of life,

which we have received by your grace,

and the new life you give in Jesus Christ.

Especially we thank you for

ministries of compassion, witness, and service,

those who make and grow the things we need,

the communities in which we live,

strength and abilities to serve you today,

indications of your love at work in the world.

God of grace,

we offer our prayers for the needs of others

and commit ourselves to serve them

even as you have served us in Jesus Christ.

God of our salvation,

heaven and earth sing your praise.

Cause us to live and grow in faith

so that we may bear good fruit

for the glory of your holy realm;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised.

Friends, may you find whatever words you need this day.

Pastor Kate

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