My soul magnifies Your name O Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
You have looked with favour on this lowly servant.
You have remembered your promise of mercy
… Songs and/or words of praise and thanksgiving could be shared here…
Almighty, you have done great things for us
and holy is your name.
Let us catch glimpses of heaven today; inspire us to sense how your will may be transfused into our world’s life, as we pray now.
… concerns for people and events are brought before God, silently or aloud
Compassionate God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven.
We seek your kingdom and righteousness, give all things needful to us in our seeking
… sharing of needs in silence or aloud…
In our asking for your provision, Generous God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven
Just as the Lord has forgiven us, so we also must forgive.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Thanks be to God
I will listen to what the Lord God will say
for God shall speak peace to his people
to the faithful shall God speak
that they do not turn again to folly
[from Psalm 85:8].
One of the following scriptures is read
Matthew 11.28-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 6.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 4.12 Jesus answered “It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
Matthew 10.32-33 “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
1 Corinthians 10.13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Time for reflection
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.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because God has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
God has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.
[ Luke 4:17-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2 ]
As we seek to walk in the Spirit, let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
[Gal 5:25 ]
Now to you who by the power at work within us are able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.