Praying for One Another

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One of the most consolatory truths of our holy religion is, the communion of saints. Scripture teaches us, that believers in Christ are bound together in the ties of a holy brotherhood—members of the same household of faith; and that the Holy Spirit, who makes them one body, makes them also one with Christ Jesus, and unites them all together in Him. Hence arises the sacred duty, alas! too seldom remembered—of each believer, evincing a sincere and heartfelt interest in the welfare of those around him, and of his bearing them on his heart, and pleading in their behalf at a throne of grace.

- John MacDuff

Sunday Evening Prayer

We bless thee, O God, for the privileges of thy Sanctuary, but we confess with shame, that we, this day, have notworshipped thee, nor served thee, as we ought to do. Pardon, O Lord, the wanderings of our minds, and the coldness of our hearts, and deal not with us according to our deserts, but according to thy tender mercies. Sanctify to us all the means of grace, and especially thy appointment of a holy day of rest. Make us duly thankful, that we have been favored again with its weekly return, and sensible that one day in thy courts is better than a thousand spent in vanity and sin. May every passing day and week bring us nearer to those everlasting joys, which thou hast promised to those who love and fear thee. Prepare us, O our heavenly Father, for that eternal Sabbath, and heavenly rest, which remain for the people of God. Pardon all our sins, and accept our prayers, we humbly beseech thee, granting us those good things, which we are not worthy to ask, but in the name, and through the merits of our most blessed Lord and Redeemer. Amen. - Sunday Evening Prayer, Daily Morning and Evening Prayers

Tomorrow at Worship

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! (Psalm 95:2, 6 ESV)

As you raise your voices and hands in joyful praise and celebration for the grace of God toward you, remember to also bow your heads and hearts. We bow because the Lord is God, Maker of heaven and earth, Ruler over all, and we are drawing near to him. We bow because God is holy, just, and merciful, and we are sinners, always in need of grace. Our corporate worship should always include broken heartedness, for it is the heart's attitude of humility that gives birth to genuine thanksgiving and joy as we embrace the grace found in Jesus Christ.

photo by Peiyu Liu