Prayers for Thursday, April 16


Morning Prayers – Thursday, April 16, 2020

Opening Verses – Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight. Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Call to Worship

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Song – Future/Past  


You hold the reins on the sun and the moon

Like horses driven by kings

You cover the mountains, the valleys below

With the breadth of Your mighty wings…

New Testament Reading – John 20:24-29

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

For Reflection from Teilhard de Chardin

To adore… That means to lose oneself in the unfathomable, to plunge into the inexhaustible, to find peace in the incorruptible, to be absorbed in defined immensity, to offer oneself to the fire and the transparency, and to give of one’s deepest to that whose depth has no end.

Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, who has given us at this time with one accord to make our common prayer to you; and does promise that when two or three are gathered together in your name you will grant their request: fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth; and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.  
—2 Corinthians 13:14


Evening Prayers – Thursday, April 15, 2020

Opening Prayer (to meditate in silence and prepare your heart for prayer)

“O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me.”

Call to Worship and Invocation Prayer

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let God’s people say: “His love endures forever.”

Let those who reverence God say: “His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Holy God, speak to us,

That we might hear the good news,

And trust our lives into your hands and keeping.

May we be present now, even as you are present to us.

Eternal Friend, this is our prayer. Amen.


(singing)Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.

Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.

Prayer of Confession 

Holy and infinite God, we confess our need for you. We have sinned and need your forgiveness. We are lost and need your guidance. We are broken and need your healing touch.

Hear our prayers, O Lord. (silent confession)

Words of Assurance Psalm 3:8-12

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 

Gospel Reading   Luke 24:13-27 NRSV

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.


Intercessions for Those Beyond our Community

Holy God, hear our prayers. God, we trust in you…

And to you we pray together…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

We remember now to you those places and people far from our influence (spoken petitions).

And to you we pray together…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

We remember now to you those with whom we live and work and study (spoken petitions).

And to you we pray together…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

We remember now to you our loved ones (spoken petitions).

And to you we pray together…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

And we remember now to you our own needs (spoken petitions).

And to you we pray together…Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Benediction Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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