Merry Christmas: From the Missio Dei Book of Prayer

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 25, 2006

Week 1: Monday Evening

Call to Praise

After a time of reflective silence, proclaim:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Psalm 140

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers;
protect me from the violent,

who devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.

They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent?s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent,
who devise ways to trip my feet.

The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
they have spread out the cords of their net
and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the LORD, “You are my God.”
Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD;
do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
may the mischief of their lips engulf them.

May burning coals fall on them;
may they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.

May slanderers not be established in the land;
may disaster hunt down the violent.

I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.

Surely the righteous will praise your name,
and the upright will live in your presence.

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Reflect upon the injustices of this world. Reflect upon the unrighteousness in your heart. Confess them to the Lord and ask for his justice to prevail.

Mary?s Song

My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful

to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.

Closing Prayer

May we never be satisfied with the justice and righteousness of this world, Lord. Awaken us from our apathy as we cry out for your justice, your righteousness.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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