Midday Prayers

In our times together at midday we read a text of Scripture and pray, and only for 10 mins. It may not seem like much, but participating in this new rhythm helps us know, see and hear God in our current upside-down schedules and lives.

We also want to connect with one another.

Join us whenever you can every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 Noon for 10 mins.
But, if you cannot, you can still pray with us as every reading will be posted here with reflection points & prayer.

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Friday, April 3

Psalm 24

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Reflect

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything it it..." (v.1) 

I remember when I was 6 yrs old and I learned this song at church - and it has stuck with me to this day: "He's got the whoooooolle world in his hands!" x4 

I've known this truth for many years, and I don't question it.  But these days, this same truth comforts me in a new way.  In one way, I appreciate the comprehensiveness of God's ownership - it includes everything.  It includes mountains and oceans, spiders and galaxies, and all who live in it.  Which means he knows who we are, what we are going through.  It means this owner of all creation personally knows us.  In times as we are in, this is comforting.


Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Everything is yours!  We are yours.

Help us know each day that we belong to you, and not only that,

But that we are loved by you.

Thank you for Jesus your Son, our Lord, who has come as King of glory, strong and mighty.

In his name we pray,

Amen.

Wednesday, April 1

Psalm 13

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Reflect

With much of our days spent inside, our look out into the world is either through our screens, or our windows.  Recently, I've been drawing our house blinds wider, letting the light in especially during midday.  Now as I spend more days at home, I'm able to trace the path the sun more and the variations of light that fill rooms. 

One ask of David in Psalm 13 is this prayer:  "Give light to my eyes..." (v.3) 

It's a simple request.  But, the pre-requisite is the humble acknowledgement that what my eyes see now is dim, even dark. 

Turn to God and ask him to give light to your eyes.  And may our gracious God grant you enough so we see him with our hearts.


Prayer

How long, Lord?  This societal, personal isolation is grinding me slowly.

How long, Lord?  Until the unknown becomes known to us.

Help us through this time.  Give strength and peace for all who are weak.

Give light to our eyes, that we may see your unfailiing love.

In the grace of Christ we pray,

Amen


Monday, March 30

Psalm 107: 23-32

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Reflect

A scene of God's people in distress, sailors out on sea.  This is us now, his church, amidst a storm of uncertainty and distress. 

  • "They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep" (v.24).  The places where God reveals his deeds is "in the deep."  Be encouraged however deep your distress.  Not only is God here with us, he is working.
  • "...in their peril their courage melted away" (v.26).  Whatever was the source of the sailors' courage is no longer solid; they are "at their wits' end" (v.27).  These are the conditions of our life when we are most able to see God's almighty hand.  Every peril is an opportunity to trust God.
  • "He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed" (v.29).  The Creator exhibits his power.  The raging storm obeys him.  This powerful God holds and guides us still.


Question

  • What was the response of the sailors after the storm was stilled?  See v.30.
  • The people are called to give thanks to God for his unfailing love (v.31).  How does cultivating thanksgiving toward God help for future storms?


Prayer


Dear God,

Help us as we feel the turbulent waters under us, amidst this pandemic.

Give us peace and patience, wisdom and courage from you that will never melt.

We set our eyes on you.  Give us faith to see the shore where it is safe. 

There - and even now - we yearn to praise you for your unfailing love and might. 

In Christ we pray,

Amen.

Friday, March 27

Psalm 88

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Reflect
The depressed Psalmist challenges God.  The slew of questions put to God from v.10 - 12 are tinged with sarcasm.  And yet, as dark as this psalm is, it invites us also to honestly bring our challenges to God. 
  • Focus on verses 6-9.  In light of our time of country-wide isolation, how do these words resonate with you?
  • See v.18.  "You have taken from me friend and neighbor - darkness is my closest friend."  Loneliness and depression had always been a wide-spread societal issue before the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now while we are in these strange times, it is very likely all this physical isolation while we getting waves of bad news and updates can send more and more into places of emotional darkness and despair. 
Psalm 88 are one of the very few lament psalms that do not end in hope.  This doesn't mean there is no hope.  But what it does say to us - and say for us - is as dark may be our time and life, we may bring it all to God, raw and without holding back. 

Question
  • Do you resonate with the psalmist's feelings of isolation and rejection?
  • How can we help our friends and family who are feeling isolated and desperate like this psalmist?
Prayer

O God, we cry for help as we are separated from friends and family. 
We pray for those who suffer from loneliness and depression.
In your grace, give us a renewed sense of your presence with us.
Help us hear your voice of love, and comfort from your Spirit.
Give us grace also to show love in new and extraordinary ways.
In Christ we pray,
Amen.


Monday, March 23

Psalm 4

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Reflect

  • David sings this out of distress, calling to God for an answer: "...have mercy on me and hear my prayer" (v.1).  He knows how he stands before God, requesting mercyIn our times of distress, how does asking God for mercy help posture me in prayer?
  • Amidst David's cries for help, he repeats assurances (see v.3 and v.7).  And when we are least productive to help our own situation - while asleep - David gives instruction to those singing with him: "when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent" (v.4).  And this fitting end, security only from the Lord: "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety" (v.8).   As the days and nights turn indefinitely with COVID-19, how can you remember the Lord's safety in your regular rhythms of eating, waking and sleeping?


Prayer:

O God, in your mercy, hear me in my distress. 

I am afraid and unsure.  And so is the world around me. 

Let your face shine on me, on us.

Help me to fall asleep in your strength and comfort, in your promise and peace.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen.