Kingdomtide

Kingdom season is in the few weeks before Advent, presently this means during November. The theme of the Kingdom season is Christ’s light being brought to the darkness of the world and life into death. It is a time to remember and take encouragement from the dead in Christ, the saints in light.

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
The true light enlightens everyone,
and has come into the world.
Lights /candles may be lit

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.
Psalms 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.
Reflection individually or together. A framework for reflection> using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer is available to help if desired.

Canticle of the day may be used or a hymn.
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.

 [Revelation 15.3,4 ]

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 that day, mourning and crying and pain will be no more and God will wipe away every tear.
Your kingdom Come.

In that day, of the increase of Christ’s government and of peace there shall be no end.
Your kingdom Come.

In that day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you.
Your kingdom Come.

In that day, death will be no more;
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: it’s 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.
Amen.

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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