Morning Prayer Monday 17th January

Morning Prayer Monday 17th January 2022

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60: 1-3)

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew 24: 1-14

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Reflection

Prayers

  • Spend some time in thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness
  • Pray for the church families in Georgeham and Croyde as they enter a vacancy. Pray for Mike and Ali as they prepare for ministry in a new place
  • Pray for the needs of our own church families in Heanton, Marwood and West Down
  • Continue to hold in prayer all those affected by the ongoing pandemic – the emergency services, the NHS, those who are ill, those who are in mourning, teachers and school children

Believing the promises of God, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray … Our Father

May Christ, who sends us to the nations, give us the power of his Spirit.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

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