Midday Prayer 28th November 2016

I have laid up thy word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119.11

Psalm 119:33-56

Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of thy commandments,
    for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to thy testimonies,
    and not to gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
    and give me life in thy ways.
Confirm to thy servant thy promise,
    which is for those who fear thee.
Turn away the reproach which I dread;
    for thy ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for thy precepts;
    in thy righteousness give me life!

Let thy steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
    thy salvation according to thy promise;
then shall I have an answer for those who taunt me,
    for I trust in thy word.
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
    for my hope is in thy ordinances.
I will keep thy law continually,
    for ever and ever;
and I shall walk at liberty,
    for I have sought thy precepts.
I will also speak of thy testimonies before kings,
    and shall not be put to shame;
for I find my delight in thy commandments,
    which I love.
I revere thy commandments, which I love,
    and I will meditate on thy statutes.

Remember thy word to thy servant,
    in which thou hast made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction
    that thy promise gives me life.
Godless men utterly deride me,
    but I do not turn away from thy law.
When I think of thy ordinances from of old,
    I take comfort, O Lord.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake thy law.
Thy statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my pilgrimage.
I remember thy name in the night, O Lord,
    and keep thy law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
    that I have kept thy precepts.
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.

Isaiah 11:1-4

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the spirit of counsel and might,
    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.

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

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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