Wednesday

Wednesday’s prayers tend to reflect the theme of Christ’s incarnation.

O God open our souls
to awaken to your presence
O God open our minds
to hear your call
O God open our hearts
to know your love
O God open our lives
to be fully alive in you and to our neighbour.

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ and may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
Psalm(s) and reading[s].
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And obey it.
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. When readings and reflection are done…

A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary) may be said (or sung)
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

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Holy, holy holy, Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!

…expressions of of praise and thanks …
O God, you have done great things for us
And holy is your name.

Your heavenly will be done in all created beings!
May your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
Father, may your will be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and for God’s agenda may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions….
Your will is for the liberation of creation in bondage to decay
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for peace and justice
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires might be mentioned here if they haven’t been before.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
… reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.
We look to you to supply our need. Be our provider and strength.
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Forgiving God, we have held onto your gifts and stayed aloof.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
Sharing God; we have resisted your life within us.

God forgive us
And Let grace live within us

God who first loved us, help us to love others by forgiving. …
God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
There may be silence to reflect on forgiving. After an appropriate interval, words of forgiveness may be said.

As we seek to live embodying the values and commitments of God’s just and gentle Rule, let us reflect on likely forthcoming challenges to our faithfulness and integrity, and let’s recognise our future has many unknowns to wrongfoot us.

We are called to bear Christ into our world. With Mary we ask, how can this be?

We take to heart the Angel’s reply:
The power of the Most High will overshadow you; with God it is possible:
Let it be to us according to your Word.

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Thursday

Thursday’s prayers tend to reflect the theme of the season of Epiphany: Christ’s revelation to the world and fulfilment of the desires of the ages, represented in the visit of the Magi, along with recalling Christ’s Baptism and the changing of water into wine.

Let us pray that the flame of God’s loving presence may spring up in our hearts and transform us by the knowledge of divine glory.
A light may be lit as the following prayer is said by all:
We take refuge in the Divine Light,
The Flame of Truth
The soul’s Ray
We take refuge in the Embodiment of Glory
The Lamp of our path
The Essence of love

[Based on a prayer from the Church of South India]

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ. And may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
Psalm[s] and reading[s]. 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.When the readings and reflection are finished…
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And do it.
Jesus calls us to continue to follow him.

Lord Christ Jesus, we hear your call.
To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We believe and know you are the Holy One of God. 

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon)  or some other, may be said or sung together.

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 version of Luke 2:29-32
Hallowed be your name, Father, through the Son in the Holy Spirit;
as in the beginning, so now and for ever. Amen.

Be exalted O God, above the heavens
And your glory be over all the earth.
Your loving-kindness is higher than the heavens
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
expressions of praise and thanks may be made silently or aloud
Our God in heaven, father and mother to us,
Hope of the nations, Fulfilment of the desires of the ages
Hallowed be your name!
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions.
In a world needing wisdom to read its own stars, faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who are excluded and held at the margins, faithful God,
glorify your name.
In the search for meaning and fullness of life, faithful God,
glorify your name.
In the naming and framing of new knowledge, faithful God,
glorify your name.
other petitions may be made
In pursuit of God’s just and gentle ways, we find ourselves in need of means and sustenance
Pause to recognise our needs
As you provide for us, sustain us and equip us to serve you, faithful God,
glorify your name.
Yet our ways have too often not pursued God’s agenda and have got in the way of God’s priorities.
Pause to bring our wrongs repentantly to God
As we turn from our sins and turn to Christ this day
faithful God,
glorify your name.
And we have failed to extend to others the courtesy of the forgiveness and forbearance we ourselves enjoy and rely upon.
we recall before God our sense of being wronged and release forgiveness ..
As we forgo our claims on others for revenge. and recompense for wrongs
faithful God,
glorify your name.

As we seek to be guided by the star of Christ’s coming and be faithful to our baptism, let us reflect on what challenges to our faithfulness and integrity the coming hours may bring, and pause respectfully before the many unknowns of our future.
Pause for recollection.
Today into our lives we weave
The ways of God with the air we breathe.
Facing times of trial and stress
We call upon God’s power to bless.
When we pass through joyful things
We make to God our thanksgivings.
All who in body or mind we meet
may God through us both touch and greet.
In every task and deed that’s done
We weave the purpose of the Son.

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Tuesday

Tuesday’s prayers tend to reflect the themes of Christ’s return and the consummation of creation at the End of all things.

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].
Pause to recognise God’s presence.
My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. When they have been read …

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.
reflection silently and/or together out loud. A framework for reflection structured around the Lord’s prayer is available.

The Song of Zechariah often known as the Benedictus may be said.
Blessed are you, Lord God of Israel;
you have come to your people and set us free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of your servant David.
Through your holy prophets you promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us;
to show mercy to our forebears
and to remember your holy covenant.
This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
holy and righteous before you,
all the days of our life.
In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Based on the ELLC version of the Song of Zachariah.

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is full of justice.
Hallowed be your name!
when any further expressions of praise and thanks have been shared:

Sovereign Lord, our End as our Beginning, In your compassion, your dawn from on high scatters the deathly shades haunting our darknesses: Our God in heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name

Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.
A day is coming and has already come when all good hopes will blossom and wickedness will die back never to be remembered
Just and merciful God, hasten that Day and in this age give us a foretaste of your kingdom: Bring in your Reign, O God
let Godly hopes prevail.
Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions
In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more
and God will wipe away every tear.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.
In that Day, of the increase of Christ’s government and peace there shall be no end.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.
In that Day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we walk the path of your Dream of a healed creation, may we know your hand supplying our needs.
… recalling of needs in silence or aloud
As we ask for daily bread,
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

Give us this day the courage and insight to forgive others:
as you forgive us our trespasses…
A moment of silence for recollection and response to this call …
in our forgiving and being forgiven:
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ, let us reflect on what challenges to our faithfulness and integrity the coming hours may bring, and pause before the many unknowns of our future

When we are tested by temptation
strengthen us.
when our commitment to your Love is put to trial,
save us.
When evil ensnares
free us.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen

Monday

Many of Monday’s prayers pick up the themes of creation and the Holy Spirit.

How lovely is your dwelling place O Lord Almighty!
My soul longs, even faints for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Who is it that we seek?
We seek God: Sender, Sent and Sending.
Let’s seek God with all our heart
Amen. God be our centre.
Let’s seek God with all our soul
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek God with all our mind
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek God with all our strength
Amen. God be our souls’ shelter.

God, by your Spirit, move over the face of our hearts and minds.
bring order to our decisions, enliven our attitudes and
enlighten our thinking; enticing reflection towards  your Wisdom.

Reader: Let us listen for the word of life.
The Psalms and readings are announced and read. When all have been read:
Reader: God has sent forth the word
May it not return empty.
A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.
A Song of Ezekiel
You take us from the nations,
you gather us from every land,
You sprinkle clean water upon us,
and wash us from all our uncleannesses,
as from all our idols you cleanse us.
A new heart you give us,
a new spirit you put within us.
You remove from our body the heart of stone
and give a heart of flesh.
we are your people,
and you are our God.

[based on Ezekiel 36.24-26,28b ]

Hallowed be your name, Father, through the Son in the Holy Spirit;
as in the beginning, so now and for ever. Amen.

Collects may be said.

Everliving God, the heavens declare your praise and yet cannot contain your glory. May your name be kept holy in our heartfelt praise.
Prayers and/or songs of praise and thanks may be shared here
Blessèd are you, creator God;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
Your Spirit hovered over the unformed creation, and overshadowed Mary as the Christ was enwombed, and now your Holy Spirit flares up among us assuring that we are your children, intimating to us your delight in us,
Our God In heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name!

Creator God, release your Spirit to brood over the desolations of human society; deformed by discordant voices, and decentred by competing desires.
Let there be justice,
let there be peace
and let there be healing
prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here the leader ending with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.
Everliving Lover of our souls, you draw all people to yourself, wooing us Spirit to spirit. We remember before you the work of the gospel as it goes forth not to return empty.
prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here. The leader ends this section with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Passionately faithful God; may the eternal flame of your Spirit burn in our souls and warm the lives of those whose lives we touch in person, process or in prayer.
prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here the leader ending with
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision
prayers or biddings asking for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

There have been times when we have quenched your Spirit in our self-serving or grudge-bearing

We ask your help so that we might truly repent
and know
and offer
joyful forgiveness,

Blow upon us your peace-making breeze:
And renew the face of our lives.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
a moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Father may your Spirit overshadow us in all that tests us: do not let us fall away from you.
before God we think about the coming hours.
When we are becalmed
blow us forward into your purposes.
If we grow cold towards your Reign and righteousness,
Rekindle your love in our spirits.
If we find ourselves tested in a dry place,
Water our souls.
In our living of this day:
yours be the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday

Sunday’s prayers reflect the traditional idea of Sunday as a day when we commemorate Jesus’ rising from death.

Source of all life, as a child to her mother:
We turn to you
Saviour of all life, as music to song:
We turn to you.
Sustainer of all life, as a flower towards the sun:
We turn to you.

The Psalm[s]
Reader, announcing each reading:
Let us attend; words of life in [passage is announced]….
Reading[s]
Reader or service leader, after the readings:
Here ends the reading.
Here begins its outworking.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A Framework for reflection, may be used.

Let us respond to the questions Jesus asked of Peter.
Do you Love me?
Lord, you know that I love you.
Jesus said: Tend my sheep. And, Follow me.
A few moments to respond inwardly
Amen.
Amen

Blessèd are you, God, redeemer and life-giver;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
In the beginning, you spoke the world into being from the unformed emptiness. In Christ you spoke the Word of life into the unmaking void of death, raising your Life from death and enfolding us in that victory. God of new and eternal life:
Hallowed be your name

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world, saying: Living God:
glorify your name
Concerns for the world and its people are brought before God, either at this point closing with the series of one-line responses below, or after that series or using each one-liner to prompt further prayers.

In this world of sin and death, and yet of blessings and common grace; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems;
Living God:
glorify your name.
In your church as we proclaim your new life in thought and word and deed; Living God:
glorify your name.
Among all whose lives our lives touch, friends, colleagues and families; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply; Living God:
glorify your name.  
[Rewritten from a prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995]

God of Life in all its fullness, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weaknesses and unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have lived within the horizons of this life alone, failing to take our bearings from eternal Life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness, withholding the word of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
a moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Who will rescue us from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ let us reflect on what the coming hours may bring, and pause to recognise the unexpected and unforeseeable will be part of our future .

When temptation seems to entomb us,
Roll away the stone.
When our values seem tested to destruction
Raise our hopes to new life.
When good and right ways ahead seem closed,
Help us to find your way through.
When we go forward expecting to anoint the dead
Surprise us with your Life.
When we walk in the old order of sin and death
Walk beside us, remind us of your purposes and reveal yourself to us afresh.
You have created us in Christ for good,
Help us to walk the paths you have prepared for us.