Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Psalm 42 (43) Longing for the temple

Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

Vindicate me, Lord:
judge my case against an unholy nation,
rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.
For you are the God of my refuge;
why have you rejected me?
why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?
Send forth your light and your truth;
let them lead me away,
let them lead me up your holy mountain,
up to your sanctuary.
I shall go in to the altar of God,
to the God of my gladness and joy.
I will sing out to you on the lyre,
O God, my God.
Why are you so sad, my soul,
and anxious within me?
Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
my saviour and my God.
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.

Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

Prayers and intercessions

In a world divided by fear and greed, the Church calls again on her Saviour.
– Lord Jesus, come to us in love.
Help us to set our hearts
where they will find fulfilment and not betrayal.
– Lord Jesus, come to us in love.
As we proclaim your saving power to others,
let us not ourselves lose hold of your salvation.
– Lord Jesus, come to us in love.
May our world be flooded with the grace of your coming:
let us experience the fullness of your joy.
– Lord Jesus, come to us in love.
May we live our lives to the full in this world,
and transfigure it with the hope of future glory.
– Lord Jesus, come to us in love.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Lord God,
all the ends of the earth have seen your salvation.
Give us the grace to await with joy
the glorious day of our Saviour’s birth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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