08 July 2024

Daily prayer in Ordinary Time 2024:
60, Monday 8 July 2024

‘The Preaching of the Kingdom of God’ … a new icon with a mission theme in the Lady Chapel in Lichfield Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2024)

Patrick Comerford

We are continuing in Ordinary Time in the Church Calendar and the week began with the Sixth Sunday after Trinity (Trinity VI, 7 July 2024). Later today, I hope to visit Cambridge before heading on to the High Leigh Conference Centre at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, where the annual conference of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is taking place this week.

Before today this day’s journeys begin, I am taking some quiet time this morning to give thanks, for reflection, prayer and reading in these ways:

1, today’s Gospel reading;

2, a reflection in connection with this week’s USPG conference;

3, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary;

4, the Collects and Post-Communion prayer of the day.

The High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire … the venue for the USPG Conference this week (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Matthew 9: 18-26 (NRSVUE):

18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20 Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that moment. 23 When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the report of this spread through all of that district.

‘United Beyond Borders’ is the theme for this week’s USPG conference in High Leigh

This morning’s reflection:

The annual conference of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) takes place this week at the High Leigh Conference Centre near Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.

The conference theme this year is ‘United Beyond Borders’, and I hope to reflect on the conference in this prayer diary on mornings for rest of this week.

The conference programme includes this quotation: ‘For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3: 26-28).

I met the Revd Tuomas Mäkipää, the former Chaplain of Saint Nicholas, Helsinki, last year when Charlotte and I were visiting Church-linked programmes in Helsinki working with Ukrainian refugees and supported by USPG. He has written a prayer for the conference programme:

Give wisdom to the leaders of the nations,
that they may be a force for good on the earth.
Sustain the anxious and fearful
and renew them with courage from on high,
Comfort all worried families whose loved ones are in danger,
surround them with your love protect them from all harm.
Be with the sick and wounded,
Stand by all prisoners and captives,
let your mercy be shown to all and your power to heal and save.
In Christ Jesus your son, our Lord, Amen.

The USPG conference in High Leigh opens tomorrow and continues until Thursday

Today’s Prayers (Monday 8 July 2024):

The theme this week in ‘Pray With the World Church,’ the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), is ‘United Beyond Borders.’ This theme was introduced yesterday with reflections on this week’s USPG conference by Rachael Anderson, Senior Communications and Engagement Manager, USPG.

The USPG Prayer Diary today (Monday 8 July 2024) invites us to pray:

Heavenly Father – we pray for unity and peace in all countries where there is fighting over land boundaries.

The Collect:

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer:

God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us
as we go forward on our journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Additional Collect:

Creator God,
you made us all in your image:
may we discern you in all that we see,
and serve you in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge … I am hoping to visit Cambridge later today on my way to High Leigh in Hoddesdon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version, Updated Edition copyright © 2021, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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