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Messiah Daily Prayers
3.30.2020 thru 4.5.2020 
 
OPENING  
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 
Amen
 
PRAY PSALM 31:9-16
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
   do not let me ever be put to shame;
   in your righteousness deliver me. 
Incline your ear to me;
   rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
   a strong fortress to save me. 

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
   for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, 
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
   for you are my refuge. 
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
   my eye wastes away from grief,
   my soul and body also. 
For my life is spent with sorrow,
   and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
   and my bones waste away. 

But I trust in you, O Lord;
   I say, ‘You are my God.’ 
My times are in your hand;
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. 
Let your face shine upon your servant;
   save me in your steadfast love. 
Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
   for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them go dumbfounded to Sheol. 
Let the lying lips be stilled
   that speak insolently against the righteous
   with pride and contempt. 
Love the Lord, all you his saints.
   The Lordpreserves the faithful,
   but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. 
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord.
 
THESE READINGS ANTICIPATE PALM SUNDAY ON APRIL 5th
Mon   John 12:1-11
Tue     John 12:30-36
Wed   John 13:31-32
Thu     Isaiah 50:4-9a
Fri       Philippians 2:5-11
Sat      Psalm 118
Palm Sunday, 4.5.2020     Matthew 26:14—27:66
 
MEDITATE ON THIS AFTER THE READING
Into your hand I commend my spirit 
 
SING OR SAY THIS CANTICLE
I called to my God for help
God heard me from the temple 
God’s arm reached down to save and rescue me 
The manna from heaven for Israel is his Son the bread of life
  • LBW Canticle 9
 
PRAY THIS PRAYER DAILY
Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share his obedience to your will and his victory of resurrection; thru your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
 
PRAY THIS IN THE MORNING 
I give thanks to you, my heavenly Father, thru Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me thru the night form all danger and harm. I ask that you would protect me today from sin and every danger, so that my life and actions may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen 
 
PRAY THIS AT NOON 
Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms. Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved. Amen
 
PRAY THIS IN THE EVENING
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, thru Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have graciously protected us today. We ask you to forgive us all our sins, where we have done wrong, and graciously to protect us this night. Into your hands we commend ourselves: our bodies, our souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels be with us, so that the wicked foe may have no power over us. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR ALL IN THE NIGHT TIME 
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give hour angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, sooth the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; all for your love’s sake. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC 
Almighty and everlasting God, comfort of the sad and strength to those who suffer: Let the prayers of your children who are in any trouble rise to you. To everyone in distress grant mercy, relief, and renewed health; thru Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen
 
CLOSING
May the Lord who is our peace, give us peace at all times and in every way 
 
*Source and inspiration for these prayers is from “Welcome Home Year Of Matthew” published by Augsburg Fortress Press in 1995
 
 
A colleague recently made the observation that physical isolation -- staying 6 feet away from each other, staying home -- are necessary these weeks of pandemic. But social isolation is not good for us. It’s so difficult not to worship together, not to sing together. Faith is communal. The core of the church is community. The very nature of the Trinity is community: Father, Son, Holy Spirit – three persons eternally co-existing as one God. When you pray, keep the following in mind: we may be alone in a room or a chapel, but we are not really alone. God is certainly there. Also, the prayers of others praying accompany our prayers. It only seems we are alone. But the untold prayers of others go up along with our prayers. As you pray for our culture to get ahead of this epidemic, be aware of many unseen others praying alongside you. 
 
Messiah Daily Prayers
3.23.2020 thru 3.29.2020 
 
OPENING  
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 
Amen
 
READ OR SING THIS HYMN THE DAYS BEFORE 3.29.2020  
Lord, let my heart be good soil   
Open to the seed of your Word
Lord, let my heart be good soil 
Where love can grow and peace is understood 
When my heart is hard, break the stone away
When my heart is cold, warm it with the day
When my heart is lost, lead me on your way 
Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart, 
Lord, let my heart be good soil
  • ELW 512
 
PRAY PSALM 130 THE DAYS BEFORE & INCLUDING 3.29.2020 

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 
2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 
3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 
4But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 
5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 
6my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. 
7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lordthere is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. 
8It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. 
 
THESE PASSAGES ANTICIPATE THE 5THSUNDAY IN LENT ON 3.29.2020
Mon   I Kings 17:8-24
Tue     II Kings 4:8-37
Wed   John 12:12-26
Thu     Jeremiah 32:1-15, 17-41
Fri       Ephesians 2:1-10
Sat      Psalm 142
Sunday, 3,29.2020 the 5thSunday in Lent: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45
 
MEDITATE ON THIS AFTER EACH READING 
Lord Jesus, you are the resurrection and the life. 
 
SING OR SAY THIS CANTICLE
I called to my God for help
God heard me from the temple 
God’s arm reached down to save and rescue me 
The manna from heaven for Israel is his Son the bread of life
  • LBW Canticle 9
 
PRAY THIS PRAYER DAILY
O God, with you there is steadfast love and power to save us from final darkness. May we live as servants of your mercy and children of your light. Amen
 
PRAYER FOR THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC 
Almighty and everlasting God, comfort of the sad and strength to those who suffer: Let the prayers of your children who are in any trouble rise to you. To everyone in distress grant mercy, relief, and renewed health; thru Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen
 
PRAY THIS WHEN YOU AWAKEN  
I give thanks to you, my heavenly Father, thru Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me thru the night form all danger and harm. I ask that you would protect me today from sin and every danger, so that my life and actions may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen 
 
PRAY THIS AT NOON 
Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms. Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved. Amen
 
PRAY THIS IN THE EVENING
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give hour angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, sooth the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; all for your love’s sake. Amen
 
CLOSING
May the Lord who is our peace, give us peace at all times and in every way 
 
*Source and inspiration for these prayers is from “Welcome Home Year Of Matthew” published by Augsburg Fortress Press in 1995