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Prayers of the Psalms

Psalm 20

1.  May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;    may the name of the God of Jacob  protect you.

2  May he send you help  from the sanctuary    and grant you support  from Zion.

3  May he remember  all your sacrifices   and accept your burnt offerings. 

4  May he give you the desire of your heart    and make all your plans succeed.

5  May we shout for joy  over your victory   and lift up our banners  in the name of our God.   May the LORD grant all your requests.

Prayers of the Psalms

Psalm 19

13  Keep your servant also from willful sins;    may they not rule over me.

Then I will be blameless,    innocent of great transgression.

14  May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart   be pleasing  in your sight,

LORD, my Rock  and my Redeemer.

Prayers of the Saints: Thomas Merton

Christ the King Abbey

 

Lord, I Do Not See the Road Ahead of Me

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

 

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I…

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Prayers of the Saints: St. John of the Cross

Christ the King Abbey

Reveal Your Presence

Why, since you wounded this heart, don’t you heal it? And why, since you stole it from me, do you leave it so, and fail to carry off what you have stolen?

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Extinguish these miseries, since no one else can stamp them out; and may my eyes behold you, because you are their light, and I would open them to you alone.

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Reveal your presence, and may the vision of your beauty be my death; for the sickness of love is not cured except by your very presence and image.

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O spring like crystal! If only, on your silvered-over faces, you would suddenly form the eyes I have desired, which I bear sketched deep within my heart.

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Withdraw them, Beloved, I am taking flight!

 

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Reflections with Pastor Ryan Strebeck: on Acts 4:5-12

Pastor Ryan Strebeck shares “The Church of the Good Shepherd (20:44).

Find more of Rev. Strebeck’s Sermons: Here

Acts 4:5-12 (NIV)

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Reflections with Pastor Ryan Strebeck: on Mark 16: 1-8

Pastor Ryan Strebeck shares “The Resurrection Roster” (20:44).

Find more of Rev. Strebeck’s Sermons: Here

Mark 16: 1-8 (NIV)

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.