Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence

SUNDAY

shade in the desert - Namibia. 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 103

 

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and do not forget all his benefits—

3 who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live*
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

6 The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the
Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust.

 

15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments.

 

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   obedient to his spoken word.

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
   his ministers that do his will.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
   in all places of his dominion.
Bless the
Lord, O my soul

 

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 Creation

[Song of the Three 35-65]

 

Bless the Lord of all created things,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

Bless the Lord you heavens,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord, bless the Lord all you his hosts,

bless the Lord you waters above the heavens,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord sun and moon, bless the Lord you stars of heaven,

bless the Lord all rain and dew,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord all winds that blow, bless the Lord you fire and heat,

bless the Lord scorching wind and bitter cold,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord dews and falling snows, bless the Lord you nights and days,

bless the Lord light and darkness,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord frost and cold, bless the Lord you ice and snow,

bless the Lord lightning and clouds,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

O let the earth bless the Lord, bless the Lord you mountains and hills,

bless the Lord all that grows in the ground,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord you springs, bless the Lord you seas and rivers,

bless the Lord you whales and all that swim in the waters,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord all birds of the air, bless the Lord you beasts and cattle,

bless the Lord all people of the earth,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

O People of God bless the Lord; bless the Lord you priests of the Lord,

bless the Lord you servants of the Lord,

he is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.

 

Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit,

bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart,

bless the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit:

God, who is worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.  Amen.

SHORT READING

Hebrews 2.10-12

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,

‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’ 

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

Save me, bring back my joy.

In your love make me lovely; bring back my joy.    [from Psalm 51]

CANTICLE OF THE SEASON

A Song of Salvation (Henry Allon)

Jesus, Saviour of the world,

come to us in your mercy:

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.

in the wilderness for forty days  Mark1.13

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’:

 

Lord of all, we give thanks for the power of the sun above us,

for the warmth of the ground beneath us,

for the freedom of the wind around us,

for the strength of waves and the rhythm of tides.

We pray for ingenuity and inspiration

in the research and development of renewable energy.

 

… 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

 

 

Lord Jesus,

we thank you for all the benefits

you have won for us,

for all the pains and insults

you have borne for us.

Most merciful redeemer,

friend and brother,

may we know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly,

day by day. Amen.

 


May Christ give us grace

to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves,

take up our cross,

and follow him. Amen.