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Can’t make it to church – Sunday 10 December 2017 

12 Dec 17

Today, being the second Sunday of Advent, we look to the Prophets* to give us a feel for things and the three readings come together give us a bit of a tough picture and some comfort too.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 12 December 2017 

12 Dec 17

Psalm 56 Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me.


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Morning Prayer – Monday 11 December 2017 

11 Dec 17

Psalm 44 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, all that you did in their days, in time of old; How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, and broke the power of peoples and set us free.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday 9 December 2017 

9 Dec 17

Psalm 9 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvellous works.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 8 December 2017 

8 Dec 17

The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Psalm 25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 7 December 2017 

7 Dec 17

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397 Psalm 42 As the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 6 December 2017 

6 Dec 17

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326 Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday 2 December 2017 

2 Dec 17

Psalm 145 I will exalt you, O God my King, and bless your name for ever and ever.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 1 December 2017 

1 Dec 17

Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916 Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 30 November 2017 

30 Nov 17

Andrew the Apostle Psalm 47 Clap your hands together, all you peoples; O sing to God with shouts of joy.


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An early wake up call 

29 Nov 17

I’m sure many of us have moments when we are woken up by a burning issue.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 29 November 2017 

29 Nov 17

Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 28 November 2017 

28 Nov 17

Psalm 97 The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad.


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Morning Prayer – Monday 27 November 2917 

27 Nov 17

Psalm 92 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High; To tell of your love early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night-time, Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, and to the …


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The Church of England – the Estate we’re not in! 

26 Nov 17

Today I was so very blessed by a service in a gem of an estate church in Hartlepool.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 24 November 2017 

24 Nov 17

Psalm 63 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul is athirst for you.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 23 November 2017 

23 Nov 17

Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100 Psalm 61 Hear my crying, O God, and listen to my prayer.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 22 November 2017 

22 Nov 17

Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230 Psalm 56 Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me.


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Morning Prayer – Monday 20 November 2017 

20 Nov 17

Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870 Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876 Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; Therefore we will not fear, though the earth…


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Can’t make it to church – Sunday 19 November 2017 

19 Nov 17

The Gospel reading today presents a real challenge as we learn of a master with three servants and some talents! All too often the word ‘talent’ is used by the person preaching to mean skills or abilities (the way we use the word today) but a …


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Morning Prayer – Friday 17 November 2017 

17 Nov 17

Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200 Psalm 28 To you I call, O Lord my rock; be not deaf to my cry, lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 16 November 2017 

16 Nov 17

Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093 Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240 Psalm 26 Give judgement for me, O Lord, for I have walked with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord and have not …


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 15 November 2017 

15 Nov 17

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 14 November 2017 

14 Nov 17

Samuel Seabury, first Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796 Psalm 21 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not denied the request of his lips.


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Morning Prayer – Monday 13 November 2017 

13 Nov 17

Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836 Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.