Saturday’s prayers tend to reflect the theme of the Kingdom season: Christ’s light being brought to the darkness of world and life into death.

You are the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light upon our paths.
Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.
My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.
Psalm[s] and reading[s].
The word that goes out from God’s mouth shall not return empty,
it shall accomplish God’s purpose,
and succeed in what it is sent to do.

Quiet and/or shared reflection.A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

Canticle of the day, below, may be used or a hymn.
Great and Wonderful
Great and wonderful are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, O ruler of the nations.
Who shall not revere and praise your name, O Lord?
For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship in your presence:
for your just dealings have been revealed.
To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

[Adapted from text © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England]

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessèd are you, Heaven’s High King and judge of all, we give you praise and honour for with you is the well of life,
In your light we see light.
Praise and thanksgiving, silent or aloud.
God in heaven; father and mother to us,
Hallowed be your name
Your will is for the Light of Christ to illumine everyone. May your light shine on all for whom we pray and chase the shadows from the situations we are concerned about.
We bring our concerns for people or events to God, silently or aloud.
In the kingdom of light, death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more and God will wipe away every tear.

Faithful One, chase the shadows from this age, ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kingdom come.
In that day, of the increase of Christ’s government and of peace there shall be no end.

Faithful One, chase the shadows from this age, ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kingdom come.
In that day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you.

Faithful One, chase the shadows from this age, ripen the first fruits of your will on earth:
Your kingdom come.

As we seek to walk in Light, you promise to supply our need
sharing of needs, silently or aloud ….
Seeking first your righteousness
All things shall be added.

Jesus proclaimed ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand, change your outlook and commit yourselves to the Good News’
We pause to recognise what of our life needs to change in the light of God’s Reign.
When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
We reflect on what we may need to forgive
We forgive the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
This we call to mind and therefore we have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end:
They are new every morning,
Great is your faithfulness, O Lord:
great is your faithfulness.
[Lamentations 3:19 ff]

We reflect on the coming day: its potential challenges to our living out the Good News and recognising it may bring things for which we are unprepared.

In all that today may bring; the anticipated and the surprising. The pleasant and the testing; Go before us, alert us to the real issues,
strengthen us for Good,
awaken us if we sleepwalk into sin,
show us the way out of the Darkness
and fill us with love, hope and peace
as we cling fast to you.

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