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Stay and Pray: A Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day, Ages 11-18 (10/22/17)

Each week we feature a way for your family to reflect and pray together.  For families with older children this is an at home liturgy for your family to participate in together. It is a daily devotion for families adapted from The Book of Common Prayer. 

Before you begin, take a few moments to decide who will read the scripture reading and who will read the collect and closing.  Read the Psalm and Lord's Prayer in unison.

 

After a moment of silence, begin with the Psalm.

 

Psalm 99 (Read in unison)

1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.

3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.

4 "O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."

5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.

9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

 

 

 

A Reading from Matthew 22:15-22

(read by assigned person)  

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

 

Prayers For Ourselves and For Others (take this time to each offer one person/event that you would like to hold in prayer as well as one thing you are thankful for)


Dear God, tonight I ask your prayers for.......


and I give you thanks for ..........


Amen 

 


The Lord’s Prayer 

(read in unison)

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.

For thine is the kingdom,   

and the power, and the glory,   

for ever and ever.

Amen

 


The Collect

(read by assigned person) 


God of abundance,

            In a world where some do not have enough,

            Make us brave to share out of our own richness.

            God of justice,

            In a world where some have far more than others,

            Make us bold to provide for all people.

            God of mercy,

            In a world broken with a desire for more,

            Forgive us for taking the greater portions.

            Thanks and praise to you,

            God of abundance

            God of justice

            God of mercy.

            Be with us and all people this day.

(Thanksgiving Day prayer from Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People)