Daily Prayer

THROUGH

THE YEAR

Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 


Italian

landscape,

Jan Both

1652

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 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it; 
for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers. 

 

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place? 
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully. 
They will receive blessing from the Lord
,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord
, strong and mighty,
   the Lord
, mighty in battle. 
Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord
 of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.

 

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 Blessed

[Matthew 5.3-12]

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

 

Blessed are the gentle,

for they shall be inherit the earth.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right,

for they shall be satisfied.

 

Blessed are the merciful,

for mercy shall be shown to them.

 

Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called the children of God.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of right,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you

and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.

 

Rejoice and be glad

for your reward is great in heaven.

 

SHORT READING

 

Isaiah 11.6-9

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
   the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
   and a little child shall lead them. 
The cow and the bear shall graze,
   their young shall lie down together;
   and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
   and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 
They will not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord

   as the waters cover the sea. 

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

Longing for you, I thirst for your teaching.

Unfold your word; I thirst for your teaching. [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,

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’:

 

Just and loving One,

we thank you for the resources of the world,

and for the many goods available to us. 

Grant us wisdom and restraint in our spending and consumption;

grant us inspiration in the re-use and recycling of resources. 

Bless those who work in the recycling industry,

and those who work in charity shops.

 

… 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

 Sycamore Gap, Hadrian's Wall

Risen Lord,

give us a heart for simple things;

love, laughter, bread, wine and dreams.

Fill us with green, growing hope

and make us a people

whose song is Hallelujah;

whose sign is Peace

and whose name is Love.  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.