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 100

 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 
   Worship the Lord
 with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing. 


Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 


Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name. 


For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

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

 

John 11.17-26

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two milesaway, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

 

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’:

 

God of peace,

we thank you for the gift of moments of sabbath rest

amid the busyness of our lives.

May we have time to stand and stare,

to reflect on the beauty of the created world,

and to appreciate the many blessings of this life.

Help us to be satisfied with enough,

and to live within our means in relation to the earth.

 

… 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.