Morning Prayer

This form of Morning Prayer is offered so that we can join in ‘common worship’ with and for each other from home.

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Introduction
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Lord, open our lips; and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
From the rising of the sun unto its setting your glory is proclaimed in all the world.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your name:
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pause to reflect on what needs to be acknowledged and confessed.

Lord forgive what we have been, order what we shall be, sanctify what we are.
The past we commit to your mercy, the future to your providence, the present to your love. Amen.

The Venite (Psalm 95)
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God: and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth:
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have moulded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would hearken to his voice!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen

Reading:  

Canticle
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

PRAYERS (feel free to use these words or words of your own)

For the church
God our Father, we pray for your church throughout the world.
We pray for our Bishop, Cherry, and for all who are ministering to others.
Help us to live as faithful disciples of Jesus.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the world
God of justice, we pray for the world in which we live.
We pray for our Queen and parliament.
Govern the hearts and minds of all those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations
to be subject to your just and gentle rule.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the sick and troubled
God of healing, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people’s fear and pain before they spoke of them, 
we pray for those who are ill or in trouble,
especially those whom we know and have a concern for and now name before you . . .
Surround the frightened with your tenderness, give strength to those in pain,
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience to those who are recovering.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And, in particular, for the current situation
God of compassion, be with us all at this time.
Give wisdom to those who have to make decisions,
strength and encouragement to those working to care for others,
inspiration to those who are involved in research.
Please comfort and protect the vulnerable, reassure those who are afraid,
and help us to care for one another in the most appropriate ways.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the parishes of LlannauGrange
Lord, this benefice, make it a place of peace.
Here be the peace of those who heed your word.
Here be the peace of those who serve each other.
Here be the peace of holy people praying.
Here be the peace of praise by dark and day.
Be this benefice your Holy Place.
We, Lord, your servants, make this prayer.
Be it your care.
Amen.

For ourselves
Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour Jesus Christ taught us, so we pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Closing
May God shield us on every step.
May Christ keep us in every path.
May Spirit bathe us in every pass.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all, now and always. Amen.