Thursday, November 1, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – All Saints Day
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read: Psalm 24, Isaiah 25:6-9, Revelation 21:1-6, and John 11:32-44

In the Methodist tradition, All Saints Day is a celebration of the lives of believers who have died in the past year.  It is a chance to thank God for those whom he has placed into our lives, and to observe the good examples of believers who have gone on before us.

The Gospel reading for today is about Lazarus, whom Jesus resurrected from the dead.  Mary and Martha were upset because he hadn’t shown up on time.  But Jesus is always on time, even when we think he’s late.  And Jesus has power over death, raising the dead back to life and health.

We all know people who have exemplified what it means to follow Jesus, some  living, and some dead.  Think about those who have passed away, and what their lives meant in their churches and communities and families.  What character traits can you learn from them?  How do their lives point toward Jesus?  Take a moment to thank God for these people.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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