Daily Office - April 21, 2020
Tuesday, April 21 Opening Sentences Lord, open my lips And my mouth shall proclaim your praise Memory Verse 1 Peter 2:5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Psalm 146 Opening Prayer Jesus, my Savior, let your love rule my heart without a rival. Let it dispose all my thoughts, words and works; for then only can I fulfill my duty and your command of loving you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Amen. (John Wesley) St. Patrick’s Breastplate (see page 16) I bind unto myself today The strong name of the Trinity By invocation of the same The Three in One and One in Three. I bind this day to me forever, By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation, His baptism in the Jordan river, His death on the cross for my salvation, His bursting forth from the spiced tomb, His riding up the heavenly way, His coming at the day of doom I bind unto myself today. I bind unto myself today The virtues of the star-lit heaven, The glorious sun’s life-giving ray, The whiteness of the moon at even, The flashing of the lightning free, The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, The stable earth, the deep salt sea Around the old eternal rocks. I bind unto myself today The power of God to hold and lead, God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay, God’s ear to hearken to my need, The wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward, The Word of God to give me speech, God’s heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. I bind unto myself the name, The strong name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same, The Three in One and One in Three, Of whom all nature has creation Eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen. Summary of the Law Our Lord Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Prayer for the Reading of Scripture God of mercy, grant that the Word you speak this day may take root in my heart and bear fruit to your honor and glory, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Scripture Readings Psalm 5, 6 Exodus 15:1–21 1 Peter 1:13–25 John 14:18–31 Devotional Reading Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Eternal God, I rejoice this morning in the gift of life, which I have received by your grace, and the new life you give in Jesus Christ. Especially I thank you for: The love of my family… The affection of my friends… Strength and abilities to serve your purpose today… The community in which I live… Opportunities to give as I have received… God of grace, I offer my prayers for the needs of others and commit myself to serve them even as I have been served in Jesus Christ. Especially I pray for: Those closest to me, family, friends and neighbors… Refugees and homeless men, women and children… The outcast and the persecuted… Those from whom I am estranged… The church in Africa… Missionaries we support in Africa: Dan and Heather Galat - Tenwek Hospital – Kenya Dan Jacob – Kenya Andy and Stephanie Abrams – Kenya Kenneth and Delight Hopson - Uganda Lord, I want more than anything to have a close walk with You. Help me not to forfeit that wonderful intimacy by being drawn toward the distractions of this world. Enable me to hear Your voice calling me so that I will answer without even a moment’s delay. Help me to never hide from You for any reason. Omartian, Stormie. The Power of Praying® Through the Bible 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.