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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 2 July 2016 

2 Jul 16

Psalm 120 When I was in trouble I called to the Lord; I called to the Lord and he answered me.


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Morning Prayer – Friday, 1 July 2016 

1 Jul 16

Henry, John, and Henry Venn the younger, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1797, 1813 and 1873 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 June 2016 

30 Jun 16

Psalm 113 Alleluia.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 29 June 2016 

29 Jun 16

Peter and Paul, Apostles Psalm 71 In you, O Lord, do I seek refuge; let me never be put to shame.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 28 June 2016 

28 Jun 16

Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher of the Faith, c.200 Psalm 106 Alleluia.


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Morning Prayer – Monday, 27 June 2016 

27 Jun 16

Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 444 Psalm 98 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


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Can’t make it to church? 26th June 2016 

26 Jun 16

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Can’t make it to church? 26th June 2016 

26 Jun 16

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So it’s goodbye from us … 

25 Jun 16

And ‘Good Riddance’ from them? As we all know by know, the people of the United Kingdom have, albeit narrowly, voted to leave the European Union.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 25 June 2016 

25 Jun 16

Ember Day Psalm 96 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday, 23 June 2016 

23 Jun 16

Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678 Psalm 90 Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 22 June 2016 

22 Jun 16

Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250 Ember Day Psalm 119.105-128 Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 21 June 2016 

21 Jun 16

Psalm 87 His foundation is on the holy mountains.


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Morning Prayer – Monday, 20 June 2016 

20 Jun 16

Psalm 80 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that led Joseph like a flock; Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 18 June 2016 

18 Jun 16

Bernard Mizeki, Apostle of the MaShona, Martyr, 1896 Psalm 76 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.


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The the United kingdom and the EU: Sovereignty 

17 Jun 16

Increasingly it seems that the majority of those supporting an exit from Europe are doing so from a thinly veiled position of xenophobic distrust and dislike of immigrants.


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Morning Prayer – Friday, 17 June 2016 

17 Jun 16

Samuel and Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 and 1936 Psalm 55 Hear my prayer, O God; hide not yourself from my petition.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday, 16 June 2016 

16 Jun 16

Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253 Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Philosopher, 1752 Psalm 78.1-39 Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 15 June 2016 

15 Jun 16

Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941 Psalm 77 I cry aloud to God; I cry aloud to God and he will hear me.


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Can’t make it to church – Sunday, 12 June 2016 

14 Jun 16

Today’s Gospel is one of those great passages on the subject of forgiveness.


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The United Kingdom and the EU – ‘Becoming like Norway’ 

14 Jun 16

One of the more interesting conversations regarding the EU focussed on us ‘becoming like Norway’.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 14 June 2016 

14 Jun 16

Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691 Psalm 73 Truly, God is loving to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.


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Morning Prayer – Monday, 13 June 2016 

13 Jun 16

Psalm 71 In you, O Lord, do I seek refuge; let me never be put to shame.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 11 June 2016 

11 Jun 16

Psalm 100 O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.


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Morning Prayer – Friday, 10 June 2016 

10 Jun 16

Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out my offences.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday, 9 June 2016 

9 Jun 16

Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597 Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymn Writer, Teacher of the Faith, 373 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 – Wednesday, 8 June 2016 

8 Jun 16

Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Nonjuror, Hymn Writer, 1711 Psalm 119.57-80 You only are my portion, O Lord; I have promised to keep your words.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 7 June 2016
 

7 Jun 16

Psalm 48 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, in the city of our God.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 31 May 2016 

31 May 16

The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth Psalm 85 Lord, you were gracious to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.


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Morning Prayer – 30 May 2016 

30 May 16

Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906 Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431 Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933 Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom …


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Can’t make it to church – 29 May 2016 

29 May 16

As a military Chaplain I often find resonance with military values in the accounts written in the Bible and often in the words Jesus Himself speaks.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 28 May 2016 

28 May 16

Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089 Psalm 20 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob defend you; Send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you out of Zion; Remember all your …


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Morning Prayer – Friday, 27 May 2016 

27 May 16

The Venerable Bede, Priest, 735 Psalm 17 Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday, 26 May 2016 

26 May 16

The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion ( Corpus Christi ) Psalm 147 Alleluia.


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The United Kingdom and the EU – Going it alone and trading with others! 

25 May 16

A real challenge for me has come in the shape of those who reckon that life as an independent nation would be one of the greatest boons those of us left on these shores might have.


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The United Kingdom and the EU – Foreigners and Benefits 

25 May 16

The conversations under this heading were quite passionate and often vitriolic.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 25 May 2016 

25 May 16

The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735 Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709 Psalm 119.1-32 Blessed are those whose way is pure, who walk in the law of the Lord.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 24 May 2016 

24 May 16

John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.


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The United Kingdom and the EU: European Law 

23 May 16

The next stop on the debate is the claim that by leaving the EU we would be free to govern ourselves and would no longer be shackled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or any of the laws the EU come up with.


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Morning Prayer – Monday, 23 May 2016 

23 May 16

Psalm 1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.


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The United Kingdom and the EU – Terrorism and Borders 

22 May 16

One of the areas most frequently discussed with me by those I meet has been that of terrorism and borders: LEAVE Those who want us to leave the EU are telling us that to leave the EU would be to make our nation a safer place.


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The United Kingdom and the EU – Lunatics and Asylums 

22 May 16

It seems to me that I, as someone called pastor and uphold truth, have a duty to get involved with the issue of the EU and our nation’s continued membership – something I have struggled to avoid if I am being honest.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 20 May 2016 

20 May 16

Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804 Psalm 142 I cry aloud to the Lord; to the Lord I make my supplication.


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 19 May 2016 

19 May 16

Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988 Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 18 May 2016 

18 May 16

Psalm 119.153-end O consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 17 May 2016 

17 May 16

Psalm 132 Lord, remember for David all the hardships he endured; How he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, nor climb up into my bed; I will not allow my eyes to …


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Morning Prayer – Monday 16 May 2016 

16 May 16

Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877 Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


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Morning Prayer – Saturday, 14 May 2016 

14 May 16

Matthias the Apostle Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord, all my good depends on you.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 13 May 2016 

13 May 16

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 12 May 2016 

12 May 16

Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952 Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 11 May 2016 

11 May 16

Psalm 2 Why are the nations in tumult, and why do the peoples devise a vain plot? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed: ‘Let us break their bonds asunder and cast away their…


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 10 May 2016 

10 May 16

Psalm 98 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


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Morning Prayer – Monday 9 May 2016 

9 May 16

Psalm 93 The Lord is king and has put on glorious apparel; the Lord has put on his glory and girded himself with strength.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 6 May 2016 

6 May 16

Psalm 20 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob defend you; Send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you out of Zion; Remember all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice; Grant you your heart’s …


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Morning Prayer – Thursday 5 May 2016 

5 May 16

Ascension Day Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


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Policing by consent – giving drugs offenders CREDENCE 

4 May 16

Sitting in on a conversation with members of the public and a Police officer I was surprised to find the officer draw flak regarding the Staffordshire Police’s attitude towards drugs as, some time back, members of the public were canvassed on their …


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Morning Prayer – Wednesday 4 May 2016 

4 May 16

Easter Season English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era Rogation Day Psalm 132 Lord, remember for David all the hardships he endured; how he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not come within the …


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Morning Prayer – Tuesday 3 May 2016 

3 May 16

Easter Season Rogation Day Psalm 124 If the Lord himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say; If the Lord had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us; then would they have swallowed us alive when their anger burned against us; …


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Morning Prayer – Saturday 30 April 2016 

30 Apr 16

Easter Season Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 Psalm 146 Alleluia.


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Morning Prayer – Friday 29 April 2016 

29 Apr 16

Easter Season Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith, 1380 [Lesser Festival] Psalm 138 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praise to you.