Morning Prayer

As we have had to cancel services in church, this form of Morning Prayer is offered so that we can join in ‘common worship’ with and for each other from home. In particular, it will be prayed at 12noon on Sunday.
These readings are for Wednesday 8th April

Other reflections during Holy Week:
From +Cherry and the cathedral team
and On Stony Paths – short reflections from Rev Preb Nick Helm

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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

Psalm 70
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonour who desire to hurt me.
Let those who say, ‘Aha, Aha!’ turn back because of their shame.

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

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: Luke 22: 54 – 62
Then they seized Jesus and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, ‘This man also was with him.’ But he denied it, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know him.’

A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, ‘You also are one of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’

Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, ‘Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about!’

At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’
And he went out and wept bitterly.

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)

The collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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.
Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
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 in this time of crisis.
Give wisdom to those who have to make decisions,
strength and encouragement to those working in our hospitals and medical services, 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
God our Father, the strength of all who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers;
and because, in our weakness, we can do nothing good without you,
grant us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments
we may please you, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. 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.