Daily Prayer

THROUGH

THE YEAR

Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 


Windmill of

Duurstede,

Jacob van

Ruisdael,

1670

CALL TO WORSHIP AND OPENING PRAYER

 

The Lord is our light and our life:

Come, let us worship.

 

Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.

 

Alleluia!

 

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,

you are our life and salvation;

yours is the glory, this day and always.

     [words of gratitude and adoration may be said here]

Open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands in doing your will;

that the world may rejoice and give you praise,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever!

 

PSALM, AND SCRIPTURE SONG

 

Psalm 126

 

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
   we were like those who dream. 
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord
 has done great things for them.’ 
The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced. 


Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb. 
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy. 
Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

 

Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts;

both now and for ever. Amen.

 

A Song of Christ’s Goodness

[Anselm]

 

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you;

you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

 

Often you weep over our sins and our pride,

tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds,

in sickness you nurse us and with pure milk you feed us.

 

Jesus, by your dying, we are born to new life;

by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

 

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;

through your gentleness, we find comfort in fear’

Your warmth gives life to the dead,

your touch makes sinners righteous.

 

Lord Jesus, in your mercy, heal us;

in your love and tenderness, remake us,

in your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness,

for the beauty of heaven, may your love prepare us.

 

Give praise to the Father almighty,

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.


SHORT READING

 

Ephesians 2.13-18

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

God, be merciful, show me your ways.

Help me understand; show me your ways. [from Psalm 119]

 

CANTICLE OF THE SEASON

The Song of Christ’s Glory

(Philippians 2: 5b-11)

 

Christ Jesus was in the form of God,

but he did not cling to equality with God.

 

He emptied himself,

taking the form of a servant,

and was born in our human likeness.

 

Being found in human form he humbled himself

and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross;

 

therefore, God has highly exalted him,

and bestowed on him the name above every name,

 

that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth;

 

and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.   

  

Give praise to the Father almighty,                      Ecce Homo

to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord,                       Louis Royer

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,                    1826

both now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER,

thanksgiving, petition, intercession

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

 

a time for personal prayer and intercession …

 

… you may include this ‘Prayer for the Earth’:

 

God our Father,

as you created humankind according to your likeness,

so help us, like you, to see the goodness of creation.

May we see ourselves as part of the greater whole,

and remember our duty of care towards the earth.

Help us to live in balance rather than conflict,

to treat the material world with gentleness,

and to nurture the things around us.

 

… and sum up your own prayers with these responses:

 

Make your ways known upon the earth, Lord God;

your saving power among all peoples.

 

Renew your Church in holiness;

and help us to serve you with joy.

 

Guide the leaders of this and every nation;

that justice may prevail throughout the world.

 

Do not let the needy be forgotten;

nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

 

Make us instruments of your peace;

and let your glory be over all the earth.

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER, AND ENDING

 distant destinations

God our Saviour,

look on this wounded world in pity and in power;

hold us fast to your promise of peace won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all evermore.  Amen.