Daily Prayer

THROUGH

THE YEAR

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Houses in Delft

Johannes Vermeer

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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 27

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom shall I fear?
The Lord
 is the stronghold of my life;
   of whom shall I be afraid? 


When evildoers assail me
   to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
   they shall stumble and fall. 


Though an army encamp against me,
   my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
   yet I will be confident. 


One thing I asked of the Lord,
   that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord

   all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
   and to inquire in his temple. 


For he will hide me in his shelter
   in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
   he will set me high on a rock. 


Now my head is lifted up
   above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
   sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord


Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
   be gracious to me and answer me! 
‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’
   Your face, Lord
, do I seek. 
   Do not hide your face from me. 


Do not turn your servant away in anger,
   you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
   O God of my salvation! 
If my father and mother forsake me,
   the Lord
 will take me up. 


Teach me your way, O Lord,
   and lead me on a level path
   because of my enemies. 
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen against me,
   and they are breathing out violence. 


I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living. 
Wait for the Lord
;
   be strong, and let your heart take courage;
   wait for 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.

 

A Song of God’s Reign

[Tobit 13.1-6]

 

Blessed be God, who lives for ever,

whose reign endures throughout all ages.

 

Declare God’s praise before the nations,

you who are the children of Israel.

For if our God has scattered you among them,

there too has he shown you his greatness.

 

Exalt him in the sight of the living,

because he is our God and our Father for ever.

 

Though God punishes you for your wickedness,

mercy will be shown to you all.

God will gather you from every nation,

from wherever you have been scattered.

 

See what the Lord has done for you

and give thanks with a loud voice.

Praise the Lord of righteousness

and exalt the King of the ages.

 

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

 

1 Peter 2.9-10

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 
Once you were not a people,
   but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
   but now you have received mercy.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

Your word is for ever, Lord, fixed in the heavens.

Your faithfulness is eternal, fixed in the heavens. [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,                  Last Supper [detail]

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,         Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

both now and for ever. Amen.                               1664


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 life,

we thank you for the integrity and diversity of all living creatures.

Enlarge within us a sense of fellowship with our brothers and sisters,

the animals with whom we share the earth

and who love the sweetness of life.

Grant us compassion in our dealings

with all creatures great and small.

 

… 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

 sunshine, then overcast, same journey

Almighty God,

you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless

until they find their rest in you.

Grant us purity of heart

and strength of purpose

that in your service

we may find our perfect freedom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  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.