Presentation of Christ aka Candlemas

We bring ourselves here and present ourselves to God:
the Lord whom we seek comes to his temple.
The true light that lightens all has come into the world,
In your light may we see light,

leading us from delusion to truth, and into your righteous way.
Lead us, Source of all Being, Father and Mother to us:
From darkness to light and into your gracious will.
Lead us, Christ, our Friend and our Brother;
From death to eternal life and into your infinite joy;
Lead us, Divine Spirit, empowering Life within
for we seek your enabling touch.

Based on a prayer from the Church of South India

As we hear the scriptures read, let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to discern the will of God -what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Rom 12:2

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. At the end of the reading[s]:

As we reflect
Holy Spirit, rest upon us.

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

Nourished in what is revealed by the Holy Spirit
May we grow and became strong in faith,
filled with wisdom;
And with the favour of God upon us

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

    English translation of the Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32, copyright © 1988, by the English Language Liturgical Consultation. Used within terms of licence

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
…expressions of of praise and thanks …
Our God in heaven, father and mother to us, Light of the nations, Fulfilment of the desires of the ages.
Hallowed be your name

In a world needing revelation to lighten our darkness,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who await consolation and redemption,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
In the search for meaning and fullness of life,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who bring good to workers, widows, and among those who show mercy to migrants.
faithful God,
glorify your name.
…other petitions may be made, each ending with
faithful God,
glorify your name.

The company of those who seek your face, O God, shall receive a blessing from you. [Cf Ps.24]
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
Pause to recognise our needs
As you provide for us, sustain us and equip us to serve you,
faithful God,
glorify your name.

When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
We offer the light of forgiveness for the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
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.

Though we walk in the midst of trouble, O God;
you will preserve us.
You will stretch forth your hand against the fury of our enemies;
your right hand will save us.
Make good your purpose for us;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever
forsake not the work of your hands.
Make good your purpose for us.
[Ps.138:6-8]
Master, now you dismiss your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation.

Night Prayer 4

How abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.
                            [Psalm 31:19 & 72:12]

              We reflect on what we have seen of God in the past day.
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

                            ELLC Nunc Dimittis.
Hallowed be your name Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit: As in the beginning; so now; and forever. Amen.
                           

O God of all hopefulness, we pray for the fleshing out of your dream for your world.
“No more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.”
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven
“No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime.”
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven
“They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity. “
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety
Our refuge and our stronghold, God, in whom we put our trust. deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. Cover us with your wings and make us safe under your feathers; Your faithfulness shall be our shield and buckler.

We have laboured in vain and lived dreams in disharmony to God’s.
              Pause for reflection.
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Make our hearts clean, O God;
and renew a right spirit within us.

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

Hymn (suggested tune: Te Lucis)
O God, our day draws to its close,
we rest from this life’s ebbs and flows,
we ask that when we rest this night
disturbances do not alight.

And now we trust, at our day’s end,
that you our inward peace defend
and bring us at the new day’s start
to waken well and cheered of heart.
Amen.

And so may God + Lover, Beloved and Loving, sustain us this night, always and ever.
Amen.

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Night Prayer 3

We think about all your deeds,
We meditate on the works of your hands.
You, O God, are our fortress,
the God who shows us steadfast love
                            [Psalms 143:5, 59:17]
              Time to reflect on what we have seen of God in the past day.

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
ELLC Nunc Dimittis.

Hallowed be your name, Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit:
As in the beginning; so now and forever. Amen.
                           

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Keep Your people, Lord, in the arms of Your embrace.
Shelter them under Your wings.
Be their light in darkness.
Be their hope in distress.
Be their calm in anxiety.
Be strength in their weakness.
Be their comfort in pain.
Be their song in the night.
Show the wonder of Your great love,
Save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You.

Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this life
may rest in your eternal faithfulness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As this day draws to a close for us, we recognise that there have been occasions when we have closed off the outworking of God’s grace and love in and through our lives.
              …
Hide your face from our sins,
and blot out all our iniquities
Restore to us the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in us a willing spirit.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Lighten our darkness, O Lord, we pray;
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night
for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen

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Magnificat days

Magnificat season can be observed in the second half of August beginning with the feast of the Virgin Mary on 15th. It’s not a recognised church season. These prayers may also be suitable for occasions on which Mary, mother of Jesus, is remembered.

A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But Jesus said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’
                            [Luke 11:27-8]

As we hear God’s word, Holy Spirit come upon us,
Power of the Most High, overshadow us.
We will treasure these words
and ponder them in our hearts.
              Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
and remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise you made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children for ever
We consider, in the light of scripture, what God calls us to.
              Reflection (together with others where possible), silently and/or aloud. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.
Here we are, servants of the Lord;
let it be with us according to your word.
              After the readings and reflection, a canticle may be said or sung. The most suitable is the following.
A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary)
My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

                            Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55.

My soul magnifies You, 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.

Show strength with your arm, O God
scatter the proud in the imaginations of their hearts.
Cast down the mighty from their thrones
and lift up the lowly.
              Concerns for the world, the church and individuals are shared …

Fill the hungry with good things
and send the callous rich empty away
              … we consider what we need to continue serving God …

Lest we be scattered from God’s purposes, brought down or sent away empty, let us repent, asking and offering forgiveness.
              Pause for reflection on forgiving and being forgiven.
Have mercy upon us
According to your promises.
God says to all who repent,
‘Do not be afraid, for you have found favour with God.’
              …

Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly.
Let’s pause to give our coming hours over to God’s guiding and keeping
              …
Though we walk in the midst of trouble, O God;
you will preserve us.
You will stretch forth your hand against the fury of our enemies;
your right hand will save us.
Make good your purpose for us;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever
forsake not the work of your hands.
Make good your purpose for us.
                            [Ps.138:6-8]
From this day forward may we be called blessed
For the Almighty will have done great things for us.

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Transfiguration

Transfiguration is normally celebrated on 6 August, recalling when Jesus’s appearance gloriously changed while on a mountain with some of his disciples. This prayer form might be used for a week or two following that day.

Lord, it is good for us to be here
For your Spirit is with us
              We pause to recognise God’s presence.
My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
One thing we ask of you Lord
and that alone we seek:
that we may dwell in your house all the days of our life,
To behold your fair beauty and to seek your will.
                            [from Ps.27]
              A song may be sung. Bibles are made ready to be read from.
As we hear the scriptures
may we listen to your Beloved.
Overshadow us and speak to us
for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit
              Psalm[s] and reading[s].
Our Lord Jesus Christ received honour and glory from God the Father whose voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ By the same Spirit, we hear this voice from heaven, We have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. Let us be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place.
              There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

Canticle of Solomon
Blessed are you,
O God of our ancestor Israel
for ever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, are the greatness,
the power, the glory,
the victory, and the majesty;
for all that is in the heavens
and on the earth is yours;
yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and you are exalted as head above all.

                            [1Chr29:10-11]
              Collect or theme prayers may be said.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.
We honour you and thank you that in Christ we are your beloved children, with whom you are well pleased. In Christ you are transforming us from one degree of glory to another by the working of the Holy Spirit.
[And now we give you thanks because … ]
And so we laud your name:
Holy, holy, holy God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest.

In the stories and hopes of Moses and Elijah, we glimpse a world transfigured, we ask for transfigurations of here-and-now realities into anticipations of the new heaven and new earth.
              …
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us wisdom to share sensitively with all people the good news so that all may behold your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. …
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

As we accompany Christ to the wheres and whens that touch glory, be our provider
              …
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Forgive us that in various ways, big and small, we have grieved the Spirit as we have resisted being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus.
Gracious God, glorify your name,
We glory in your forgiveness.
Enfold our forgiving of others in your transfiguration of creation that we may continually participate in the transformation of the world.
              …
Give us grace to forgive:
Work your glory into our forgiveness.
Lead us so we do not sleepwalk into sin
awaken us to the signs of glory around us.
Preserve us from attempts to make permanent the provisional;
And from the paralysing fear of the new and awesome.
In the midst of the strange and misunderstandable;
Give us ears to hear you and heart to follow Jesus.
Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen.
We go being transformed into Christ’s image,
from one degree of glory to another;
This comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
Amen.

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Everyday prayer form 2

This order uses phrases almost exclusively drawn from Paul’s letters. These phrases and passages are edited to be used as prayers.

What was written in the Scriptures long ago was for our learning; to give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for the fulfilment of God’s promises.
Psalm[s] and reading[s].
We have heard the Holy Scriptures, They are able to make us wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
Reflection (together with others where possible), silently and/or aloud. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the servant of God may be equipped for every good work

After the readings and reflection, a canticle may be said.

A Song of the Cosmic Christ
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in Christ all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

[From Colossians 1:16ff]

Hallowed be your name Father Through the Son in the Holy Spirit,
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
We received the Spirit of adoption.
Your Spirit testifies with ours that we are your children:
By your Spirit we cry “Abba! Father”
Praise be to you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of compassion and God of all comfort.
We give thanks to you at all times and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from your love, O God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessed are you God
Hallowed be your name.
Help us and all your church to bear with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
we pray for all humility and gentleness, with patience.
….
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We pray that when your witnesses throughout the world speak, a message may be given to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel

We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We remember those in hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.

We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We eagerly anticipate that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We pray for the whole creation, groaning in labour pains until now;

We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
other concerns may be voiced or silently prayed …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

You supply seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply our seed for sowing and increase the harvest of our righteousness.

We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

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

Strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless before you Father God at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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.

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Everyday Prayer

This is an option for use on any day. It could be used as a change from other daily offices or simply because its there! If you wish to say two offices in a day, this could be one and a named-day office or seasonal one the other.

Seek while the Lord may be found,
call out while God is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Pause to acknowledge God’s presence.

We do not live by bread alone
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Psalm[s] and reading[s].
God’s word is very near to us;
it is in our mouths and in our hearts for us to observe.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

A Canticle of God’s Word.
O God, Your thoughts are not our thoughts,
nor are our ways your ways, O Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are your ways higher than our ways
and your thoughts than our thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall your word be that goes out from your mouth;
it shall not return to you empty,
but it shall accomplish what you purpose,
and succeed in what you sent it for.
For we shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

              [see Isaiah 55.8-12]

O Lord open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise
Blessed are you merciful and gracious God, you are slow to anger, and abound in steadfast love and faithfulness, you are full of compassion and forgiveness.
Hallowed be your name!
…Songs and/or extempore prayers of praise and thanks …
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
Gracious God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven.

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 the good of 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.

Give us today the resolve to forgive others: as you forgive us …
… quiet reflection on our own admissions of wrong and on forgiving …
forgiven and forgiving;
Merciful God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven.

Faithful One, be with us in the challenges to our faith and integrity: do not let us fall away from you…
… we consider the coming day…
Guide us O God:
by your light to live
by your grace, forgive
to speak well to all
to act on your call
in storm find your rest
in others, seek their best
Your wisdom to know
Christ’s presence to show
Father, may we be, in this world, the leaven
And may your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.