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'Listen To God: Hear the Poor' - Wednesday 9 April

09/04/2014 10:06 am

Wednesday, 9 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 four of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' and Archbishop Justin Welby's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, The Children's Society's chief executive Revd Matthew Reed reflects on Jesus' words in Matthew 18 'Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me' - and what it means to truly welcome and listen to children.

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 34 (Common Worship Psalter)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall glory in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Listen to God: Hear the poor
5 Look upon him and be radiant
and your faces shall not be ashamed.
6 This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me
and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him
and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is gracious;
blessed is the one who trusts in him.
9 Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 Lions may lack and suffer hunger,
but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

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
 
Matthew 18:1-5 (NRSV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’

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.