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Midweek Noon Prayer 11 16 2023
Brenda Hornickle
Brenda Hornickle
Thursday, November 16, 2023

A Service of Prayer at Midday
November 16, 2023

    In the name of the Father, + Son and Holy Spirit.


Jesus Christ is the light of the world
The light that shines perpetually.
Be with us Lord, in the tasks of this day.
Your light shines over all.
Let your light scatter any darkness
And illumine your church and its people.


Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
For you, Lord, are a great God,
and a great ruler above all gods.

Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout or joy to the rock of our salvation.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
the heights of the hills are also yours.
The sea is yours, for you made it;
and your hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
For the Lord is our God,
and we are the people of God’s pasture
and the sheep of God’s hand.

Come, let us sing to the Lord:
Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.

This is the day that the Lord has made
We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Let us pray.  Almighty and everlasting God, you are with us in this new day.  Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor be overcome in adversity.  In all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purposes through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, died 1231
Born in Hungary, Elizabeth was betrothed to the son of the Landgrave of Thuringia, and at age four was taken to be raised with him at the Wartburg Castle. Ten years later they were married. She was very generous to the poor, and after her husband's death she lived in cruel hardship until her own death at age twenty-four.

Psalm 90
 1LORD, you have been our dwelling place
 in all generations.
 2Before the mountains were brought forth,
 or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
 from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
 3You turn us back to dust,
 and say, "Turn back, you mortals."
 4For a thousand years in your sight
 are like yesterday when it is past,
 or like a watch in the night.
 5You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
 like grass that is renewed in the morning;
 6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
 in the evening it fades and withers.
 7For we are consumed by your anger;
 by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
 8You have set our iniquities before you,
 our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
 9For all our days pass away under your wrath;
 our years come to an end like a sigh.
 10The days of our life are seventy years,
 or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
 even then their span is only toil and trouble;
 they are soon gone, and we fly away.
 11Who considers the power of your anger?
 Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
 12So teach us to count our days
 that we may gain a wise heart.
 13Turn, O LORD! How long?
 Have compassion on your servants!
 14Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
 so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
 15Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
 and as many years as we have seen evil.
 16Let your work be manifest to your servants,
 and your glorious power to their children.
 17Let the favor of the LORD our God be upon us,
 and prosper for us the work of our hands —
 O prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 91

  1You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
 2will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust."
 3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
 4he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
 5You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
 6or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 7A thousand may fall at your side,
 ten thousand at your right hand,
 but it will not come near you.
 8You will only look with your eyes
 and see the punishment of the wicked.
 9Because you have made the LORD your refuge,
 the Most High your dwelling place,
 10no evil shall befall you,
 no scourge come near your tent.
 11For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways.
 12On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
 13You will tread on the lion and the adder,
 the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
 14Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
 15When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
 16With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

Gloria Patri

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.


Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
 7Be silent before the Lord GOD!
 For the day of the LORD is at hand;
 the LORD has prepared a sacrifice,
 he has consecrated his guests.
 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
 and I will punish the people
 who rest complacently on their dregs,
 those who say in their hearts,
 "The LORD will not do good,
 nor will he do harm."
 13Their wealth shall be plundered,
 and their houses laid waste.
 Though they build houses,
 they shall not inhabit them;
 though they plant vineyards,
 they shall not drink wine from them.
 14The great day of the LORD is near,
 near and hastening fast;
 the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter,
 the warrior cries aloud there.
 15That day will be a day of wrath,
 a day of distress and anguish,
 a day of ruin and devastation,
 a day of darkness and gloom,
 a day of clouds and thick darkness,
 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
 against the fortified cities
 and against the lofty battlements.
 17I will bring such distress upon people
 that they shall walk like the blind;
 because they have sinned against the LORD,
 their blood shall be poured out like dust,
 and their flesh like dung.
 18Neither their silver nor their gold
 will be able to save them
 on the day of the LORD's wrath;
 in the fire of his passion
 the whole earth shall be consumed;
 for a full, a terrible end
 he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

The word of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God.


Veni Creator

Come Lord, come down,
Come in, come among us.
Come as the wind to move us;
Come as the light to prove us;
Come as the night to rest us;
Come as the storm to test us;
Come as the sun to warm us;
Come as the stillness to calm us;
Come Lord, come down,
Come in, come among us.

To God the Father, who created the world;
To God the Son, who redeemed the world:
To God the Holy Spirit, who sustains the world
Be all praise and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Expression of Faith

Lord, you have always given
Bread for the coming day;
And though I am poor,
   Today, I believe

Lord, you have always given
Strength for the coming day;
And though I am weak,
   Today I believe.

Lord, you have always given
Peace for the coming day;
And though of anxious heart,
   Today I believe.

Lord, you have always kept
Me safe in trials;
And now, tried as I am,
  Today I believe.

Lord, you have always marked
The road for the coming day;
And though it may be hidden,
   Today I believe.

Lord, you have always lightened
This darkness of mine;
And though shadows are here,
   Today I believe.

Lord, you have always spoken
When the time was ripe;
And though I don’t hear your voice
   Today I believe.


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

or the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all, let u pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the health of the creation, for abundant harvests that all may share, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For public servants, the government, and those who protect us; for those who work to bring peace, justice, healing, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who travel, for those who are sick and suffering, and for those who are in captivity, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance in the time of affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For all servants of the church, for this assembly, and for all people who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

   A brief silence may follow.

Giving thanks for all who have gone before us and are at rest, rejoicing in the communion of all the saints, we commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to you, through Christ our Lord.
To you, O Lord.

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Lord's Prayer

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.


Go in peace 
     for you cannot go where God is not.
Go in love 
     for only love endures.
Go with conviction 
     and God will honor your dedication.

The blessing of God Almighty, 
     the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit 
           be with us and remain with us forever.

Let us go then in peace

Liturgical Text from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, © 2006, 2020, 2022 Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved.

"Veni Creator" and "Expression of Faith", The Northumbria Community, Celtic Daily Prayer, Book One, Andy Raine, compiler, HarperCollins, 2002.