Daily Prayer

THROUGH

THE YEAR

Wednesday

 

 

 

 


Forest Scene

Johan H

Weissenbruch

1900

 

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 138

 

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything. 
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul. 


All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord
,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 


Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
The Lord
 will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord
, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

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 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.

SHORT READING

 

Matthew 9.35-38

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

Your word is a lamp for my steps, a light for my path.

Your laws are my heritage; a light for my path. [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,

to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

both now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Garden Cross, Holy Island

 

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’:

 

God of good things,

we give thanks for the land that sustains us,

in all its variety and complexity.

We thank you for high mountains and deep valleys,

for fertile plains and desert places,

for tropical forests and meadow grasslands.

Help us to value the soil of which we are part,

and to be good caretakers of the land on which we all depend.

 

… 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

 stepping out, going deep

 

God of constant mercy,

who sent your Son to save us:

remind us of your goodness,

increase your grace within us,

that our thankfulness may grow,

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.