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 Sunday 31st May, the Feast of Pentecost.

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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 104:24-35
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit,[g] they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!

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: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, 
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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
God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen

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, 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 at this time.
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
Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of Love, Spirit of Discipline, Spirit of Healing, 
Come to us and bring us your peace; 
Rest in us that we may be tranquil and still; 
Reveal to us things hidden and longed for; 
Rejoice in us that we may praise and be glad; 
Pray in us that we may be at one with you and with each other; 
Refresh and renew us from your living springs of water; 
Dwell in us now and always. 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.