Saturday Prayers: February 29th – March 1st, 2020
The First Sunday in Lent
We shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Matthew 4.4.
Almighty God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit, that as you know our weakness, so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Tree of life and awesome mystery, in your death we are reborn; though you die in all of history, still you rise with every morn. Christ you lead and we shall follow, stumbling though our steps may be; one with you in joy and sorrow, we the river, you the sea. – Marty Haugen
Psalm 139, Verses 1 – 11
Lord, you have searched me out, you know me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You trace my journey and my resting place you are acquainted with all my ways. Indeed,there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether. You press upon me behind and before you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is so high that I cannot attain it. Where then can I go from your Spirit ? Where can I flee from your presence ? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand will hold me fast. If I say “Surely the darkness will cover me and the light around me turn to night”, Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, darkness and light to you are both alike.
From the Great Litany:
To all your people give growth in grace, to listen to your word, to receive it gladly and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit. Strengthen those who stand firm in the faith, encourage the faint-hearted, raise up those who fall, and finally beat down Satan under our feet Hear us, good Lord.and grant us your peace Amen.
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus
OSMTH – SMOTJ