Daily Reading and Prayer – Sunday, July 26 2020

From the Sunday worship service:
Hebrews 13:1-3 – Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Prayer

Lord God, we give you thanks.
For encouragement in the midst of discouragement;
For consolation in the face of loss;
For love when it seemed as though love was gone, thanks.
For the presence of your Spirit when we seemed most alone;
For compassion which helped us overcome disappointment;
For sympathy when our hearts lay broken, thanks.
Lord God, we give you thanks.

Help to make us complete, Lord God, by helping us to be to others
even as you have been to us.
Help us to leave selfishness and conceit behind,
that we might be aware of and responsive to the needs of others.
Help us to set aside our own interests and obsessions, that we might see,
perhaps for the first time,
that which lies within the hearts of others,
and how we might best reach out to them.
Help us, above all, Lord God, to put you at the centre;
to see one another as Jesus would see us;
to serve one another as Jesus would serve;
to love one another as Jesus would love.
Help us to see you in the faces of others,
Serving one another as ways of serving you;
Reaching out to the needy as ways of thanking you;
Meeting the needs of others even as you have met ours;

For so you have loved us, Lord God; for so you have loved us.

Hear our silent prayers, for ourselves and for others.
Help us to remember those most needy,
as you have remembered us in our need.

Hear our prayer, Heavenly Father; be at work within us,
enabling us both to will and to work for your good pleasure,
for the healing of our world. (Philippians 2:1-13)

We know, Father, that there are needs beyond our ability to meet;
Situations for which we have no answer.
And so we turn to you for help.

We pray for those who continue to live under the shadow of Covid.
We pray for those in isolation, for those separated from family.
We pray for those whose jobs, livelihood and future are uncertain.
We pray for those who are ill, for whose whose loved ones suffer.
We pray for those making decisions on how to keep others safe.
We pray also for those searching for a cure, that you will bless their efforts.

We pray for those who are ill, not with Covid but with the myriad other things which befall us. We pray for Scott and Roger, and all who are awaiting, undergoing, or recovering from treatment.

And father, we pray for those who grieve. We pray for the family of Phyllis MacLean, whose long life was a blessing;
And we pray for the family of Olivia Rodd, whose short life brought joy to others, yet which came to such a heartbreaking end; for her mother, and her own torment and struggle; and for the family, which seeks to find some comfort, some answer, some hope in this tragic time.

And so, words failing, we pray, we together as Jesus taught us,

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 and ever. Amen.