Daily Prayer:

Season of 

The Word made Flesh

 

WEDNESDAY

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 96


O sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing to the Lord
, all the earth. 
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
   tell of his salvation from day to day. 
Declare his glory among the nations,
   his marvellous works among all the peoples. 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   he is to be revered above all gods. 
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
   but the Lord made the heavens. 
Honour and majesty are before him;
   strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 


Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
   ascribe to the Lord
 glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
   bring an offering, and come into his courts. 
Worship the Lord in holy splendour;
   tremble before him, all the earth. 


Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
   The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
   He will judge the peoples with equity.’ 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
   let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 
   let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy 
   before the Lord
; for he is coming,
   for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with his truth.

 

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 New Jerusalem

[Isaiah 60.1-3,11,18-19,14]

 

Arise, shine out for your light has come,

the glory of the Lord is rising upon you.

 

Though night still covers the earth

and darkness the peoples;

above you the Holy One arises

and above you God’s glory appears.

 

The nations will come to your light,

and kings to your dawning brightness.

 

Your gates will lie open continually,

shut neither by day nor by night.

The sound of violence shall be heard no longer in your land,

or ruin or devastation within your borders.

 

You will call your walls, Salvation,

and your gates, Praise.

 

No more will the sun give you daylight,

nor moonlight shine upon you;

but the Lord will be your everlasting light,

your God will be your splendour.

 

For you shall be called the city of God,

the dwelling of the Holy One of Israel.

 

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

Luke 2.16-20

 

The shepherds went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

a time for reflection on the scriptures …

 

… completed with:

 

God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

He is the true God and eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

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’:

 

Creating God, the Bible tells us

that the leaves of trees are for the healing of the nations.

Draw us ever closer in heart and mind

to the trees and plants around us.

Inspire us with their beauty,

and instruct us in their power to heal the broken bodies,

minds and spirits of a fallen humanity.

Teach us to protect the trees and plants of the earth,

that we might thereby protect ourselves.

 

… 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

Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in 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, low tide, Christmas 2010