Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence

SATURDAY

the Namib Desert. Keith Martin's travelblog

 

CALL TO WORSHIP AND OPENING PRAYER

 

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:

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.

 

Blessed are you, holy God,

holy and strong, holy and immortal.

 

    [words of thanks and adoration may be said here]

 

Teach us to live in this passing world

with our hearts set on your eternal kingdom,

where, freed from sin and redeemed by your saving power,

we may praise and worship you for ever.

Blessed be God for ever!

PSALM, AND SCRIPTURE SONG

Psalm 42

1 As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God?

3 My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’

 

4 These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,*

   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help
6and my God.

 

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me.

8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life.

 

9 I say to God, my rock,
   ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?’

10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’

 

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

 

Psalm 43

1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
   against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
   deliver me!

2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because of the oppression of the enemy?

3

O send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
   and to your dwelling.

4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
   O God, my God.

 

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 the Word of the Lord

[Isaiah 55.6-11]

 

Seek the Lord while he is still to found,

call out to him while he is still near.

 

Let the wicked abandon their ways

and the evil their thoughts;

let them turn back to the Lord

who will have mercy on them,

to God, who is rich in forgiveness.

 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, says the Lord,

and my ways are not your ways.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways,

and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

 

For as the rain and the snow come down from the sky

and do not return until they have watered the earth,

giving it life and making the crops grow,

providing seed to sow and food to eat,

 

so with the word that goes from my mouth:

it will not return to me unfulfilled,

but will accomplish what I intend

and succeed in what it was sent to do.

 

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

John 12.23-26

Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

Help me, stop my tears, and I will sing your goodness.

Teach me your hidden wisdom, and I will sing your goodness    

                                                                [from Psalm 51]

CANTICLE OF THE SEASON

A Song of Salvation (Henry Allon)

'Woman, where are they? 

Jesus, Saviour of the world,                                Has no one condemned you?' 

come to us in your mercy:                                                                John 8.10

we look to you to save and help us.

 

By your cross and your life laid down,

you set your people free:

we look to you to save and help us.

 

When they were ready to perish,

you saved your disciples:

we look to you to come to our help.

 

In the greatness of your mercy,

loose us from our chains:

forgive the sins of all your people.

 

Make yourself known

as our saviour and mighty deliverer:

save and help us that we may praise you.

 

Come now and dwell with us,

Lord Christ Jesus:

hear our prayer and be with us always.

 

And when you come in your glory,

make us to be one with you

and to share the life of your kingdom.

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 of life, from the beginning

you have created plants and creatures of every kind.

Help us, who have dominion over every living thing,

to respect the integrity of each and every species.

Enlighten the debate about genetic modification.

May we not be blinded either by science or by prejudice.

 

… and sum up your prayers with these responses:

 

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance:

govern and uphold them now and always.

 

Day by day we bless you:

we praise your name for ever.

 

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin:

have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord, show us your love and mercy:

for we have put our trust in you.

 

In you, Lord, is our hope:

let us never be put to shame.

CONCLUDING PRAYER, AND ENDING

Fill us, Father,

with your Spirit of joy and hope

and guide us on our pilgrimage of faith;

that we may walk with him who is the way, the truth, and the life;

your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

May Christ give us grace to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. Amen.