Daily Reading and Prayer – Monday, September 7

A Selection From Proverbs 24

4 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
5 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.

And particularly appropriate for Labour Day:
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession – Zion, September 6, 2020

Lord God, we thank you this Labour Day weekend for the gift of rewarding work.
We thank you for the many people whose efforts make our lives rich and full.
For those who labour to provide us with our food and drink, we thank you.
For those who manufacture our clothing, our appliances, our automobiles,
even our homes, we thank you.
For those who work to provide us with electricity and fuel and light in the darkness, we thank you.
For those who provide for security and stability in our land,
that we might rest in safety, we thank you.
For those who care for, comfort and heal us when we are ill, we thank you.
For the caregivers and researchers and essential workers and public health officials who are seeing us safely through this difficult time, we thank you.
For the myriad others who together make up a community, a country, a society,
we thank you.

Lord God, there are so many who do not know these things for which we give thanks.
There are so many uncertain of a next meal, of clean water.
There are so many unable to afford the many and even most basic necessities of life.
There are so many living rough, with no bed in which to rest, no comfort of home.
There are so many living in constant fear of violence and turmoil.
There are so many who are ill, for whom there is no hospital, no medicine,
no comfort, no cure.
There are so many forever excluded from a caring community,
a country of security and hope.

For these, and for so many others, we pray.
And we pray for ourselves, that, led by your Spirit,
we might work together to redress the wrongs in our society and our world;
that all might have the assurance of dignity and hope for the future,
for themselves and their children.
Help us to be helpers, O Lord;

Hear our silent prayers… The Lord’s Prayer:
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, for ever and ever, Amen.