16 December 2017

Praying in Advent with USPG
and Lichfield Cathedral
(14): 16 December 2017

The commissioning of Nyankamam Clinic in the Diocese of Sekondi… the USPG Prayer Diary this week is sharing reflections and experiences from Ghana

Patrick Comerford

We have come to the end of the second week of Advent. Throughout this season of Advent, I am inviting you to spend a short time of prayer and reflection with me each morning, using the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) and the Advent and Christmas Devotional Calendar from Lichfield Cathedral.

USPG, founded in 1701, is an Anglican mission agency supporting churches around the world in their mission to bring fullness of life to the communities they serve.

Under the title Pray with the World Church, the current prayer diary (22 October 2017 to 10 February 2018), offers prayers and reflections from the Anglican Communion.

This week, the Prayer Diary continues its Advent series, looking at how the church is reaching out to mothers and babies through ‘a USPG-supported Anglican health programme in Ghana that has helped to eradicate cholera in parts of the Cape Coast.

In the Prayer Diary on Sunday, Gloria, told her story and how she had benefitted from this programme.

The USPG Prayer Diary:

Saturday 16 December 2017:

Pray for guidance to Ghana’s political leaders, local chiefs and all in positions of leadership. Pray that they might lead by example and serve the people.

‘Pray for the people who shed light and hope in the world’ … light on Bird Street in Lichfield at night (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2017)

Lichfield Cathedral Advent and Christmas Devotional Calendar:

The calendar suggests lighting your Advent candle each day as you read the Bible and pray.

Today, the calendar suggests reading Matthew 1: 1-17.

The reflection for today suggests:

As the preparations for Christmas intensify pray for the people who shed light and hope in the world and all who serve us each day. Pray for shop workers and delivery staff today.

Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):

Sirach 48: 1-4, 9-11 or II Kings 2: 9-12; Psalm 80: 1-4, 18-19; and Matthew 17: 10-13.

The Collect of the Second Sunday of Advent:

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
Give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Advent Collect:

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post-Communion Prayer:

here you have nourished us with the food of life.
Through our sharing in this holy sacrament
teach us to judge wisely earthly things
and to yearn for things heavenly.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow.

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