THY KINGDOM COME 2020: Prayer during the day

Thursday 21st May Ascension Day service at 12.00 phone 0330 606 0403 PIN 546789# from 11.50

Preparation

          O God, make speed to save us.
All      O Lord, make haste to help us.
          Gladden the soul of your servant,
All      for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.   Psalm 86.4

Praise

          Blessed are you, the God of our ancestors,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed is your holy and glorious name,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed are you, in your holy and glorious temple,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed are you who look into the depths,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed are you, enthroned on the cherubim,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
          Blessed are you in the heights of heaven,
All      worthy to be praised and exalted for ever.
                                            
Song of the Three 29-34

The Word of God

Psalm 47

Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.
              1 Clap your hands together, all you peoples; 
All         O sing to God with shouts of joy.
              2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared;
All         he is the great King over all the earth.
              3 He subdued the peoples under us
All         and the nations under our feet.
              4 He has chosen our heritage for us,
All         the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.
Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.
              5 God has gone up with a merry noise,
All         the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
              6 O sing praises to God, sing praises;
All         sing praises to our King, sing praises.
              7 For God is the King of all the earth;
All         sing praises with all your skill.
Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.
              8 God reigns over the nations;
All         God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.
              9 The nobles of the peoples are gathered together
All         with the people of the God of Abraham.
              10 For the powers of the earth belong to God
All         and he is very highly exalted.
Refrain: O sing praises to God, sing praises.
              As Christ was raised by your glory, O Father,  
              so may we be raised to new life  
              and rejoice to be called your children,  
              both now and for ever.
All      Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
          as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

A Short Reading

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.   Luke 24:50-52

Response

Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture.

Prayers

Intercessions may include praying for your 5
Prayers may also include the following concerns:

  • God’s royal priesthood, for empowerment by the Spirit
  • Those who wait on God, that they may find renewal
  • All people, that they may acknowledge the kingdom of the ascended Christ
  • The earth, for productivity and for fruitful harvests
  • All who are struggling with broken relationships

 

Some or all parts of the following form of intercession may be used.
Specific petitions may be added, or silence may be kept, at suitable points.

          Through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us, let us pray to the Lord.
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.  

          Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood:
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.

          Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace:
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.

          Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high:
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.

          May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong:
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.

          Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace:
          Risen and ascended Lord,
All      Hear our prayer.

Open prayer may be offered, and silence is kept.

 

The Collect for Ascension Day

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.

Please say the Lord’s Prayer in whichever form you are most comfortable with.
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.

Conclusion

          May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts and minds.
All      Alleluia. Amen.

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