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 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name. 
Bless the Lord
, O my soul,
   and do not forget all his benefits— 
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases, 
who redeems your life from the Pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

 

The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed. 
He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel. 
The Lord
 is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger for ever. 

 

He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities. 
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; 
as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us. 
As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord
 has compassion for those who fear him. 
For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust. 

 

As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more. 
But the steadfast love of the Lord
 is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children’s children, 
to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments. 

 

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all. 
Bless the Lord
, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   obedient to his spoken word. 
Bless the Lord
, all his hosts,
   his ministers that do his will. 
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.

 

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

 

Isaiah 61.1-3a

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
   because the Lord
 has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
   to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and release to the prisoners; 
to proclaim the year of the Lord
’s favour,
   and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn; 
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
   to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

 

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 all things,

we thank you for the landscapes that surround us. 

As the environment forms us,

so help us to form an environment that is beneficial to all creatures. 

We thank you for the soil beneath our feet. 

As the soil supports and nurtures us,

so help us to nourish the soil for the good of all living things.

 

… 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.