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Getting Ready for Trinity 8

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

-Romans 8:26-27 (ESV)

Prayer is in itself an essentially trinitarian exercise. It is access to the Father through the Son and by the Spirit. The inspiration of the Spirit is just as necessary for our prayers as the mediation of the Son. We can approach the Father only through the Son and only by the Spirit. -John Stott

The Collect of the Week

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 119:121-136

121 I have done that which is lawful and right; *

O give me not over to my oppressors.

122 Be surety for your servant’s good; *

O let not the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes have wasted away with looking for your salvation, *

and for the word of your righteousness.

124 O deal with your servant according to your loving mercy, *

and teach me your statutes.

125 I am your servant; O grant me understanding, *

that I may know your testimonies.

126 It is time for you, O Lord, to act, *

for they have broken your law.

127 For I love your commandments above all things, *

more than gold and precious stones.

128 Therefore I hold all your commandments to be right, *

and all false ways I utterly abhor.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful; *

therefore does my soul keep them.

130 When your word goes forth it gives light *

and understanding to the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath, *

for my delight was in your commandments.

132 O look upon me, and be merciful unto me, *

as you always do for those who love your Name.

133 Order my steps according to your word, *

and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.

134 O deliver me from those who deal wrongfully, *

and so shall I keep your commandments.

135 Show the light of your countenance upon your servant, *

and teach me your statutes.

136 My eyes gush out water *

because of those who do not keep your law.


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