Midday Prayer 15th December 2016

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

Psalm 119.105-128

Thy word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to observe thy righteous ordinances.
I am sorely afflicted;
    give me life, O Lord, according to thy word!
Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord,
    and teach me thy ordinances.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
    but I do not forget thy law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
    but I do not stray from thy precepts.
Thy testimonies are my heritage for ever;
    yea, they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform thy statutes
    for ever, to the end.

I hate double-minded men,
    but I love thy law.
Thou art my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in thy word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to thy promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for thy statutes continually!
Thou dost spurn all who go astray from thy statutes;
    yea, their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth thou dost count as dross;
    therefore I love thy testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of thee,
    and I am afraid of thy judgments.

I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
Be surety for thy servant for good;
    let not the godless oppress me.
My eyes fail with watching for thy salvation,
    and for the fulfilment of thy righteous promise.
Deal with thy servant according to thy steadfast love,
    and teach me thy statutes.
I am thy servant; give me understanding,
    that I may know thy testimonies!
It is time for the Lord to act,
    for thy law has been broken.
Therefore I love thy commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts;
    I hate every false way.
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.

St. Mark 13.34-37

It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”

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

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

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