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Prayer for the Week

Almighty Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. â€
That opener is important: Good Friday and sin, Easter Morning and the final empowerment to be right with God, others, and the world.
Justification, however, doesn’t solve it all: we need the grace of God to be empowered to live a holy life.
I like this expression: “pureness of living and truth.” Or, one might put the two together: pureness of a living truth, of a true life.
Good prayer — it will carry us this week morning, midday and evening.

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Cam West

posted April 30, 2006 at 1:43 am

Scot, thanks. I like your idea of forming a hendiadys a la John 4. Just wondering, the ‘dagger’ at the end of the prayer – is this an indication to make the sign of the cross? Is making a sign of the cross a part of your ‘praying with the church’? CJW

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Duane Young

posted April 30, 2006 at 7:35 am

Amen and Amen! I have always appreciated that teaching about grace. The first time I heard it was Dallas Willard who said (intending to be shocking to his audience), “If we had never sinned we would still need grace.”

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Scot McKnight

posted April 30, 2006 at 8:37 am

Sign of the cross in the BCP.

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