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There are Four elements to each day- Prayer & Praise, Conversations at the Crossroads- reading and response,God & Me and Prayers to continue during the day.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lead me Heavenly Father

Prayer & Praise

         O God, make speed to save us.

        O Lord, make haste to help us
        Gladden the soul of your servant,

  for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Blessed are you, creator God, to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your Spirit moved over the face of the waters
bringing light and life to your creation,
pour out your Spirit on us today that we may walk as children of light
and by your grace reveal your presence.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Psalm 46
1  God is our refuge and strength, • a very present help in trouble; 
2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, • 
    and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea; 
3  Though the waters rage and swell, • 
     and though the mountains quake at the towering seas. 
4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, • 
    the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High. 
5  God is in the midst of her; therefore shall she not be removed; •
    God shall help her at the break of day. 
6  The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, •
    but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away. 
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; •
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 
8  Come and behold the works of the Lord, •
   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth. 
9  He makes wars to cease in all the world; •
    he shatters the bow and snaps the spear  and burns the chariots in the fire. 
10' Be still, and know that I am God; • I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.' 11The Lord of hosts is with us; • the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

 God of Jacob, when the earth shakes and the nations are in uproar, speak, and let the storm be still; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

Prayers may include these concerns:

God's royal priesthood, that it may be empowered by the Spirit
Those who wait on God, that they may find renewal
All people that they may acknowledge the kingdom of the ascended Christ
All who are struggling with broken relationships
Our city of Brussels 

O King enthroned on high,
Comforter and Spirit of truth,
you that are in all places and fill all things,
the treasury of blessings and the giver of life,
come and dwell with us,
cleanse us from every stain
and save our souls, O gracious one.


The Lord's Prayer

May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts and minds.
Alleluia, Amen

Conversations at the Crossroads
Jesus in the Temple

God and Me
Today you have an image of a signpost, at a crossroads
What do the signs read on your signpost? (examples might include where I think I ought to be, where I would really like to be, where I think God wants me to be, where I might have been if) but think of others, appropriate to you, then write them in.  One might point backwards ‘to where I’ve come from’.  You might like to add more arms to the signpost
Once you have the signs, can you draw the roads, are they smooth, broad, easy or steep, narrow?
Where are you in the picture?  Are you at the sign post or do you feel you have a way to go before you get to it? Put yourself in the picture.
Are other people in the picture?  Are they following you, or your signs, or are they leading the way? Perhaps what your signs say depends on the way others have gone (both people you admire and might want to follow, or people you dislike and want to stay away from!).
On our journey, we often carry burdens, tools, food.  Do you take your burden off, have a rest at the signpost (take your boots off and put your feet in the stream that you are drawing in!) or do you make the pause as short as possible, carrying your load all the time?
How much light is there?  Can you read the signs easily or are they lost in fog?  Are some paths better lit than others?
Perhaps the signs on the post are not clear to read, or you do not know which way to go.  Draw/list on the bottom of the page the items that might help (compass, torch, prayer, Bible, stories of other Christians, companions, ...)

Compare this picture to the one you did of your journey through life.  Can you see where the  two coincide?  Does a pause at a signpost and a choice of direction help you to move forward?

Prayers to continue into the day

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Lord of Life, Hear our prayer.

Our Father…
‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.’ The Lord is great!
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. The Lord is great!
Lead us heavenly Father lead us. Guide our faltering steps.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. ‘His love endures for ever.’
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ‘His love endures for ever.’
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. ‘His love endures for ever.’
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. ‘His love endures for ever.’
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Lord give us your Spirit
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;

God be in my heart, and in my thinking;

God be at mine end, and at my departing.

The Blessing

God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every other name, strengthen us to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord. Amen
God the Son, who is our great high priest passed into the heavens, plead for us at the right hand of the Father. Amen
God the Holy Spirit, who pours out his abundant gifts upon the church, make us faithful servants of Christ our King. Amen
And the blessing of God almighty, the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

Copyright material is included from Common Worship: © Archbishops' Council

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