Midday Prayer 17th December 2016

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

Psalm 119.153-176

Look on my affliction and deliver me,
    for I do not forget thy law.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
    give me life according to thy promise!
Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek thy statutes.
Great is thy mercy, O Lord;
    give me life according to thy justice.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not swerve from thy testimonies.
I look at the faithless with disgust,
    because they do not keep thy commands.
Consider how I love thy precepts!
    Preserve my life according to thy steadfast love.
The sum of thy word is truth;
    and every one of thy righteous ordinances endures for ever.

Princes persecute me without cause,
    but my heart stands in awe of thy words.
I rejoice at thy word
    like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love thy law.
Seven times a day I praise thee
    for thy righteous ordinances.
Great peace have those who love thy law;
    nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for thy salvation, O Lord,
    and I do thy commandments.
My soul keeps thy testimonies;
    I love them exceedingly.
I keep thy precepts and testimonies,
    for all my ways are before thee.

Let my cry come before thee, O Lord;
    give me understanding according to thy word!
Let my supplication come before thee;
    deliver me according to thy word.
My lips will pour forth praise
    that thou dost teach me thy statutes.
My tongue will sing of thy word,
    for all thy commandments are right.
Let thy hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen thy precepts.
I long for thy salvation, O Lord,
    and thy law is my delight.
Let me live, that I may praise thee,
    and let thy ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant,
    for I do not forget thy commandments.
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. Luke 1.35, 38

And the angel said to her,

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.”

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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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