Midday Prayer 13th November 2016

For thou hast been my help,
    and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy. Psalm 63.7

Psalm 119:1-32

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
Thou hast commanded thy precepts
    to be kept diligently.
O that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping thy statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all thy commandments.
I will praise thee with an upright heart,
    when I learn thy righteous ordinances.
I will observe thy statutes;
    O forsake me not utterly!

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to thy word.
With my whole heart I seek thee;
    let me not wander from thy commandments!
I have laid up thy word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against thee.
Blessed be thou, O Lord;
    teach me thy statutes!
With my lips I declare
    all the ordinances of thy mouth.
In the way of thy testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on thy precepts,
    and fix my eyes on thy ways.
I will delight in thy statutes;
    I will not forget thy word.

Deal bountifully with thy servant,
    that I may live and observe thy word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of thy law.
I am a sojourner on earth;
    hide not thy commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
    for thy ordinances at all times.
Thou dost rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
    who wander from thy commandments;
take away from me their scorn and contempt,
    for I have kept thy testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
    thy servant will meditate on thy statutes.
Thy testimonies are my delight,
    they are my counselors.

My soul cleaves to the dust;
    revive me according to thy word!
When I told of my ways, thou didst answer me;
    teach me thy statutes!
Make me understand the way of thy precepts,
    and I will meditate on thy wondrous works.
My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to thy word!
Put false ways far from me;
    and graciously teach me thy law!
I have chosen the way of faithfulness,
    I set thy ordinances before me.
I cleave to thy testimonies, O Lord;
    let me not be put to shame!
I will run in the way of thy commandments
    when thou enlargest my understanding!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Revelation 4:9-11

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,

“Worthy art thou, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for thou didst create all things,
and by thy will they existed and were created.”

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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Collect

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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