A Liturgy for the (Reluctant) Reading of Scripture: Free Download

Download the free print of this liturgy, and perhaps like me you’ll want to keep it near. This gives my heart words when it doesn’t have any of its own. May the Lord bless your times in the word!


Heavenly Father, I bring to you my heart
    with all the weakness and frailty of a child.
Beloved Christ, remind me of your mercy
    and of my great need for mercy.
Holy Spirit, comfort me with your presence
    and speak to me through your word.

I come, O Lord, to hear your word.
    Speak, I pray!
I come, O Lord, to see your glory.
    Give light!

Rather than hide my sin from you, I come.
    Confront me, Holy Spirit!
Rather than seek the pleasures of this world, I come.
    Delight me with your mercy, Jesus!
Rather than pursue my own way, I come.
    Conform me to your ways, Father!

As I open now the pages of Scripture, may they resonate in my heart
    with life,
    with light,
    with beauty.

As my heart is tuned to yours, play a more beautiful song through me in the world,
    lifting high the name of Christ,
        and not my own.

Commune with me I pray, Holy Trinity, as I sit under your word
    ever before your face,
    ever in your presence,
        and covered by your grace.

Remind me, Father, why is your word and your law?

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

Amen.

2 weeks ago

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