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'Listen To God: Hear the Poor' - Tuesday 8 April

08/04/2014 9:23 am

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Each day we're offering prayers, psalms and Bible readings to help us come together as a Christian community to focus on the church's work serving those in need.

On day three of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' and Archbishop Justin Welby's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, speaks on why recognising our own need helps us give generously to others and reflects on today's prayers and readings, which are Psalm 112 and Hebrews 13:1-3.

Preparation
 
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
 
Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
The Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble
Psalm 41.1
 
My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in my God.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
1 Samuel 2.1a, 7-9

Psalm 112 (Grail Psalter, 1963)

1 Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who takes delight in all his commands.
2 His sons shall be powerful on earth;
the children of the upright are blessed.
3 Riches and wealth are in his house;
his justice stands firm for ever.
4 He is a light in the darkness for the upright:
he is generous, merciful and just.
5 The good man takes pity and lends,
he conducts his affairs with honour.
6 The just man will never waver:
he will be remembered for ever.
7 He has no fear of evil news;
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
8 With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
he will see the downfall of his foes.
9 Open-handed, he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever.
His head will be raised in glory.
10 The wicked man sees and is angry,
grinds his teeth and fades away;
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Bible Reading
 
Hebrews 13:1-3,( New Jerusalem Bible)

Continue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this,some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Keep in mind those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; and those who are being badly treated, since you too are in the body.

Prayers
 
Pray for your local community, for those in need and for work there to serve them. Pray that Christians of all churches may draw together to fulfil Christ’s commandments and that God’s kingdom will come in our world and in our time.
 
Attend with favour to the prayers of your people, we ask, O Lord, and grant that the hearts of believers may be united in your praise and in repentance together, so that, with division among Christians overcome, we may hasten with joy to your eternal kingdom in the perfect communion of the Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
The Roman Missal
 
Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal to you the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen
Common Worship
 
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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.]
Amen.
 
The Conclusion
 
May Christ our Saviour give us peace.
Amen.

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Copyright

Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.