Said or sung all together except for the sentences marked ‘Call’ which are for the Leader only.
+ indicates that you may make the sign of the cross.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Opening sentences
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those
who watch for the morning,
more than those
who watch for the morning.
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Call: Out of the depths I have cried to You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: With my whole heart I want to praise You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: If you, Lord, should mark iniquities:
Response: Who could stand? who could stand?
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I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word do I hope.
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Expressions of faith
Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always lightened
this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now,
today I believe.
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Today’s Scripture Reading

26 April

Psalm 68:7-10, 19  O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.

Haggai 1:4-6, 10, 14-15 Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your panelled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes. 10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month.

John 1:37-39, 43, 46 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’

Today’s Meditation

The pure in heart shall see God. The seeing of Him will be the sign that we are like Him, for only by being like Him can we see Him as He is. But when we shall be fit to look Him in the face, God only knows. That is the heart of my hopes by day and my dreams by night. To behold the face of Jesus seems to me the one thing to be desired.

George MacDonald

 

Prayers for others

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Canticle
In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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The Lord is my light, my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
one thing I seek;
to dwell in the presence of my God,
to gaze on Your holy place.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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I believe I shall see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.
O wait for the Lord!
Have courage and wait,
wait for the Lord.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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Blessing
See that ye be at peace among yourselves, my children,
and love one another.
Follow the example of the wise and good
and God will comfort you and help you,
both in this world
and in the world which is to come.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen