Daily Prayer in the Season of Joyful Hope

SATURDAY

clifftop walk, Norfolk

CALL TO WORSHIP, AND OPENING PRAYER

 

The kingdom of God is at hand:

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, sovereign God,

ruler and judge of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

   [a few words of praise and adoration may be said here]

Awaken in us joyful hope

as we look for Christ's reign of peace,

when every voice shall give you praise,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever!

PSALM, AND SCRIPTURE SONG

Psalm 11


In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
   ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains; 
for look, the wicked bend the bow,
   they have fitted their arrow to the string,
   to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. 
If the foundations are destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?’ 


The Lord is in his holy temple;
   the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
   His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind. 
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
   and his soul hates the lover of violence. 
On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
   a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
   the upright shall behold his face.

 

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 Peace [Isaiah 2.3-5]

 

Come, let us go up to the mountain of God

to the house of the God of Jacob;

that God may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths;

for the law shall go out from Zion,

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

 

God shall mediate between the nations

and shall judge for many peoples.

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.

 

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more.

 

O people of Jacob,come,

let us walk in the light of the Lord.

 

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

Daniel 12.2,3

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

Darkness shall cover the earth, but the Lord will rise upon you.

His glory shall appear over you, the Lord will rise upon you.

CANTICLE OF THE SEASON

The Song of Jechariah

[Luke 1.68-79]

 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

who has come to his people

and set them free.

The Lord has raised up for us

a mighty Saviour,

born of the house of his servant David.

 

Through the holy prophets,

God promised of old

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all who hate us,

to show mercy to our forebears,

and to remember his holy covenant.

 

This was the oath

God swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free

from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous before him,

all the days of our life.

 

And you, child, shall be called                              lighthouse, Butt of Lewis

the prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord

to prepare his way,

to give his people

knowledge of salvation

by the forgiveness of their sins.

 

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness

and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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’:

Generous God, we give thanks

for the fruit of the earth that sustains human life.

May we be good stewards of the resources you give us

and resist the temptation to take everything for ourselves.

Give us the grace to live wisely and generously,

by nurturing the world we occupy

and by sharing the bounty we enjoy.

 

… and sum up your own prayers with these responses:

 

In joyful hope we pray to you, O Lord:

come, Lord Jesus.

 

Come to your Church as Lord and Judge;

give us a longing for your loving rule.

 

Come to your world as King of the nations;

let righteousness and peace prevail.

 

Come to us as Saviour and Comforter;

break into our failure and free us to serve you.

 

Come to us with power and great glory.

Lift up our hearts to meet you in joy.

CONCLUDING PRAYER, AND ENDING

Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing,

so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

view south from Liberty Island, New York Harbour