Daily Prayer: Season of the Word made Flesh

SUNDAY

CALL TO WORSHIP, AND OPENING PRAYER

 

The Word was made flesh and lived among us:

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, Christ our Lord,

our everlasting light

and redeemer of the world.

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

By taking upon yourself our mortal nature

you saved humanity

and restored joy to the whole world.

Blessed be God for ever!

PSALM, AND SCRIPTURE SONG

 

Psalm 8

Lord, our Sovereign,

   how majestic is your name in all the earth! 


You have set your glory above the heavens. 
   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger. 


When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established; 
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals that you care for them? 


Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
   and crowned them with glory and honour. 
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet, 
all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field, 
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 


Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

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 Messiah

[Isaiah 9.2-7]

 

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

upon them the light has dawned.

 

You have increased their joy

and given them great gladness;

they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest.

For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them;

the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders.

 

For to us a child is born and to us a Son is given,

and the government will be upon his shoulder.

 

And his name will be called:

Wonderful Counsellor;

the Mighty God;

the Everlasting Father;

the Prince of Peace.

 

Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

upon the throne of David and over his kingdom.

 

To establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness

from this time forth and for evermore.

The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.

 

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 1.14,16-18

 

The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God.

The Word was the light, the Word was with God.

CANTICLE OF THE SEASON

 

The Song of Mary

[Luke 1.46-55]

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

who has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

 

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.

God has mercy on those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

 

The Lord has shown strength with his arm

and scattered the proud in their conceit,

casting down the mighty from their thrones

and lifting up the lowly.

 

God has filled the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away empty.

 

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,

to remember the promise of mercy,

the promise made to our forebears,

to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

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’:

Loving Father, we praise you

for the Word made flesh,

for heaven come down to earth

and earth raised up to heaven.

Being found in human form,

Christ embodied his love

for the material world.

Help us, like him,

to care for the earth of which we are a part

and to give substance

to our concern for the environment.

 

… and sum up your own prayers with these responses:

 

Glory to God in the highest heaven;

goodwill to his people on earth.

 

Let the mountains be laden with peace,

and the hills with prosperity.

 

May righteousness flourish in our time.

Your dominion stretch from sea to sea.

 

O God give justice to the poor;

deliver the needy when they cry.

 

For you alone do great wonders.

Let the whole earth be filled with your glory.

CONCLUDING PRAYER, AND ENDING

Gracious Father,

your love for us shines forth in Christ,

the Word made flesh.

Grant us his humble spirit, that,

recognising your presence

in those whose lives we touch,

we may honour you by serving them;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

May God, who has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light,

give us his peace and goodwill. Amen.

 

River Tyne, frozen and low tide, Christmas 2010