Morning Prayer on the 7th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 24th May 2020 service at 10.00 phone 0330 606 0403 PIN 546789# from 9.45

Preparation

          O Lord, open our lips
All      and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
          Send your Holy Spirit upon us,
All      and clothe us with power from on high. Alleluia!

What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything. Therefore, let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord, who has prepared good things for those who love him.
                                                                           1 Corinthians 2:9-10

          You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
          Lord, have mercy.
All      Lord, have mercy.
          You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
          Christ, have mercy.
All      Christ, have mercy.
          You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
          Lord, have mercy.
All      Lord, have mercy.
          May the God of love and power
          forgive us and free us from our sins,
          heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
          and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.
All      Amen.

Collect

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.

Psalm 104:26-37

          26  O Lord, how manifold are your works!  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
All      27  There is the sea, spread far and wide,  and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
          28  There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan which you have made to play in the deep.
All      29  All of these look to you to give them their food in due season.
          30  When you give it them, they gather it; you open your hand and they are filled with good.
All      31  When you hide your face they are troubled; when you take away their breath, they die and return again to the dust.
          32  When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
All      33  May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works;
          34  He looks on the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke.
All      35  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will make music to my God while I have my being.
          36  So shall my song please him while I rejoice in the Lord.
All      37  Bless the Lord, O my soul. Alleluia!
          Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
All      as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Word of God

The first reading – 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

           This is the word of the Lord.
All       Thanks be to God

Canticle: A Song of Ezekiel

All      The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. Alleluia!
    1    I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries.
    2    I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses.
    3    A new heart I will give you, and put a new spirit within you.
All      The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. Alleluia!
    4    And I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
    5    You shall be my people, and I will be your God.
All      The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world. Alleluia!
                                                             
Ezekiel 36:24-26, 28b
          Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
All      As it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

The Second Reading: John 17:1-11

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me so that they may be one as we are one.’

          This is the word of the Lord.
All      Thanks be to God

We pause to reflect on the readings before turning to prayer.

Prayers  

Almighty God, may our prayers ascend to you just as Jesus Christ, your Son, was taken up to heaven. As we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus let it inspire in us feelings of joy and hope rather than fear and separation as we await the coming of the Holy Spirit.

          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      hear us.

Everlasting God, we pray for our Bishops, Robert, Nick and Jackie, and all Church Leaders; we give thanks for all your people who serve in any way in these parishes. Bless us, we pray, and make us a blessing to others as we work together to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this place.

          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      hear us.

Merciful God, we pray for the many in countries around the world who are suffering because of the coronavirus.   Bring your healing to those who are ill, draw near to all who grieve, and bring peace to any who are worried, fearful or uncertain.  

          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      hear us.

We pray too for those in positions of authority as they seek strategies to contain the virus and overcome its effects; for scientists working to find remedies; for those in the health and care services and all who continue to place themselves at risk to help others.

          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      hear us.

Creator God, we pray for our troubled world, its peoples and their leaders. We pray for those caught up in war, violence and hatred; especially the innocent victims of these evils, and those who are abused because of Christ. May injustice be overturned and wrong vanquished, that peace may abound and righteousness flourish.

          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      hear us.

Please say the Lord’s Prayer in whichever form you are most comfortable.
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Either

All         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.
            Lead us not into temptation 
            but deliver us from evil. 
            For the kingdom, the power,
            and the glory are yours
            now and for ever.
            Amen.

 

Or 

All         Our Father,  who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy name; 
            thy kingdom come;
            thy will be done; 
            on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread. 
            And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
            And lead us not into temptation; 
            but deliver us from evil. 
            For thine is the kingdom,
            the power and the glory,
            for ever and ever.
            Amen.

Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead us into all truth,
give us grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and strengthen us
to proclaim the word and works of God;
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us
and those whom we love and pray for
today and always.

All      Amen.

 

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