Daily Prayers for September 1

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

Broken, we kneel; humbled, we cry : help, -Jesus! Raise us gently on high.

Psalm 6:1 4

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger : do not punish me in your wrath.

Have pity on me, Lord, for I am weak : heal me, Lord, for my bones are racked.

My spirit shakes with terror : how long, O Lord, how long?

Turn, O Lord, and deliver me : save me for your mercy’s sake.

Broken, we kneel; humbled, we cry : help, -Jesus! Raise us gently on high.

Esther 1:1 – 4, 10 – 19 Matthew 4:18 – 25

Broken, we kneel; humbled, we cry : help, -Jesus! Raise us gently on high.

Seventh-century monk and bishop Isaac of Syria said, “Do not fall into despair because of your stumblings, for you should not consider them incurable. There is indeed a healer: he who on the cross asked for mercy on those who were crucifying him, who pardoned murderers as he hung on the cross. Christ came on behalf of sinners, to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up their wounds.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you are a God who heals and calls forth life. Keep us from the pitfalls of self-pity and despair, lest we ridicule your grace and power, and forsake our own healing. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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