Midday Prayer 16th December 2016

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

Psalm 119:129-152

Thy testimonies are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of thy words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
With open mouth I pant,
    because I long for thy commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is thy wont toward those who love thy name.
Keep steady my steps according to thy promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Redeem me from man’s oppression,
    that I may keep thy precepts.
Make thy face shine upon thy servant,
    and teach me thy statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears,
    because men do not keep thy law.

Righteous art thou, O Lord,
    and right are thy judgments.
Thou hast appointed thy testimonies in righteousness
    and in all faithfulness.
My zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget thy words.
Thy promise is well tried,
    and thy servant loves it.
I am small and despised,
    yet I do not forget thy precepts.
Thy righteousness is righteous for ever,
    and thy law is true.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
    but thy commandments are my delight.
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever;
    give me understanding that I may live.

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
    I will keep thy statutes.
I cry to thee; save me,
    that I may observe thy testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I hope in thy words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate upon thy promise.
Hear my voice in thy steadfast love;
    O Lord, in thy justice preserve my life.
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from thy law.
But thou art near, O Lord,
    and all thy commandments are true.
Long have I known from thy testimonies
    that thou hast founded them for ever.
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.

Romans 13:11-14

Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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

O Almighty God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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