Daily Prayer

THROUGH

THE YEAR

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Warehouse in

Amsterdam,

Willem Witsen,

c1910

 

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 19

 

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 


In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 


The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord
 are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances 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. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord
, my rock and my redeemer.

 

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 Praise

 

[Revelation 4.11; 5:.9b-10, 13]

 

You are worthy

Our Lord and God,

to receive glory and

honour and power;

 

for you have created all things

and by your will they have their being.

 

You are worthy

O Lamb, for you were slain;

and by your blood you ransomed for God

saints from every tribe and language and nation.

 

You have made them to be a kingdom

and priests serving our God,

and they will reign with you on earth.

 

To the One who sits on the throne

and to the Lamb

be blessing and honour and glory and might,

for ever and ever.  Amen.

SHORT READING

 

Mark 4.26-29

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

I treasure your ways more than great riches.

I delight in your rules, more than great riches. [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                           great beech,

and under the earth;                              Ryton churchyard

 

and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

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.

 

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 Provider,

we thank you for the air that we breathe

and for the ever-changing skies.

We give thanks for the rhythm of the seasons,

for the warmth of the summer sun

and the sharpness of the winter frost.

Help us to feel the freshness of the breeze upon our faces

and to discern the rainbow of hope that you give 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

 striding out

Holy and eternal God,

give us such trust in your sure purpose,

that we measure our lives

not by what we have done or failed to do,

but by our faithfulness to you.  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.