Morning Prayer on Bible Sunday

Sunday 25th October 2020 service at 10.00. Call in from 9.45.
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          Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All      and also with you.

          Your word is a lantern to my feet
All      And a light to our path.

Almighty God, on this Bible Sunday we thank you for the gift of your holy word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths and a strength to our lives.
Take us and use us to love and serve all your people in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

          The Word of life which was from the beginning
All      we proclaim to you.
          The darkness is passing away,
          and the true light is already shining.
All      The Word of life which was from the beginning.
          That which we heard, which we saw with our eyes
          and touched with our own hands,
All      we proclaim to you.
          For our fellowship is with the Father,
          and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
All      The Word of life which was from the beginning.
          we proclaim to you.
          O God, by whose command the order of time runs its course:
          forgive our restlessness, perfect our faith, forgive our impatience and,
          while we await the fulfilment of your promise, grant us to have a good hope
          through the Word made flesh, even Jesus Christ our Lord.
          May the grace of Christ, the incarnate Word, be with us all.
All      Thanks be to God.

The Word of God

First reading: Colossians 3:12-17

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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

Psalm 119:9-16

How shall young people cleanse their way
   to keep themselves according to your word?

10 With my whole heart have I sought you;
   O let me not go astray from your commandments.

11 Your words have I hidden within my heart,
   that I should not sin against you.

12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
   O teach me your statutes.

13 With my lips have I been telling
   of all the judgements of your mouth.

14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your testimonies
   than in all manner of riches.

15 I will meditate on your commandments
   and contemplate your ways.

16 My delight shall be in your statutes
   and I will not forget your word.

         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.

Gospel reading –
Matthew 24:30-35

Jesus said to his disciples:
30 ‘The sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven” with power and great glory.31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.’

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


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


          On this day that the Lord has made,
          let us pray for the people he has redeemed,
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          That those born to new life in the waters of baptism
          may know the power of Christ’s resurrection,
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          That those who suffer pain and anguish
          may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ.
          We pray especially for …
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          That in the undying love of Christ, we may have union with all who have died in the faith of Christ.
          We give thanks especially for the lives of …
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          Let us commend the world,
          in which Christ rose from the dead,
          to the mercy and protection of God this day.
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          Guide the leaders of the nations
          into the ways of peace and justice.
All      Hear us, good Lord.
          Give us the will to use the resources of the earth
          to your glory, and for the good of all creation.
All      Hear us, good Lord.

          Merciful Father,
All     accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect for Bible Sunday

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience,
and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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


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.



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.


May God the Holy Trinity
make us strong in faith and love,
defend us on every side,
and guide us in truth and peace;
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us
and those we love and pray for
now and always.

All      Amen.


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England; Common Worship: Pastoral Services; and Common Worship: Daily Prayer; are all copyright © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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