A Service of Prayer at Midday
August 17, 2023
Call to Worship
Lord of All Hopefulness
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands are skilled at the plane and the lathe:
Be there at our labors and give us we pray,
Your strength in our hearts Lord, at the noon of the day.
O God, come to my assistance.
Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be 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.
Holy God, at midday you give us a time of rest; may we accept it gratefully and be strengthened by it, to serve you and our neighbor through Jesus, the Christ our Lord.
Mary, Mother of Our Lord
The church (including Martin Luther) honored Mary with the title "Theotokos," meaning "God-bearer," for her role in giving birth to the Son of God. Her song, the Magnificat, speaks eloquently of God's lifing the lowly and feeing the hungry.
1May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
2that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
7May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere him.
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. Amen.
Reading Isaiah 56:1,6-8
1Thus says the LORD:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.
6And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant —
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.
8Thus says the Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already gathered.
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
Show us your mercy, O God,
and grant us your salvation.
Give us the joy of your saving help again,
and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.
Give peace in all the world;
for only in you can we live in safety.
Keep the nations under your care,
and guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and sustain me with your Holy Spirit.
Lord, hear my prayer,
and let my cry come before you.
Reflection This Wound from "Jewism Prayers of Hope and Healing" by Alden Solovy
O God, in you we live and move and have our being. Guide and govern us in this day by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but remember that always we are walking in your sight. You have given us work to do and call us to use our talents for the good of all. Guide us through our day, and teach us to live in the Spirit who made us your children, in the love that unites us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
The Lord be with those in joy and also with those in sorrow.
The Lord be with those waiting for news and also with those avoiding the news.
The Lord be with those drowing in scandal and also with those scanning headlines for scandal.
The Lord be with them because the Lord is with us.
The Lord be in our tired bones and in our rising too.
The Lord is a steady help in times of need and times of need are all around us.
The Lord grant us quiet times so that we can love those whose times are not.
The Lord be with us and with everyone we lofve.
The Lord be with us and with eeryone we don't.
Tuama, Pádraig Ó; Jordan, Glenn. Borders and Belonging (pp. 103-104). Hymns Ancient & Modern. Kindle Edition.