Daily Prayer in the Season of Penitence


from Elim Dune, Namib Desert. Keith Martin's travelblog




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 1


1Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers;

2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night.

3 They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.


4 The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish. 

Psalm 15

1 Lord, who may abide in your tent?
   Who may dwell on your holy hill?


2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
   and speak the truth from their heart;

3 who do not slander with their tongue,
   and do no evil to their friends,
   nor take up a reproach against their neighbours;

4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
   but who honour those who fear the
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;

5 who do not lend money at interest,
   and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

Those who do these things shall never be moved.


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 God’s Love

[1John 4.7-11]


Beloved, let us love one another,

for God is love;

everyone who loves

is born of God and knows God.


Whoever does not love

does not know God,

for God is love.


In this the love of God was revealed among us,

that God sent his only Son into the world

so that we might live through him.


In this is love,

not that we loved God but that he loved us,

and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.


Beloved, since God loved us so much,

we ought also to love one another.


For if we love one another

God abides in us,

and God’s love

will be perfected in us.


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.


1 John 1.6-9


If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


a time for reflection on the scriptures …


… completed with:


I offer my shattered spirit; a changed heart you welcome.

God, steady my spirit; a changed heart you welcome.      [from Psalm 51]


A Song of Salvation (Henry Allon)

'Take; this is my body.'  Mark 14.22

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.


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.


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 all things, through the process of evolution

you have created a rich diversity of life on earth.

Help us to recognise and appreciate

the intricacy and variety of life in all its fullness.

Bless all teachers and scientists as they reveal to others,

young and old alike, the wonders of creation.


… 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.


Heavenly Father,

your Son battled

with the powers of darkness,

and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days

to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


May Christ give us grace to grow in holiness,

to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. Amen.