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

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.