Morning Prayer from All Saints’ Day until

the day before the First Sunday of Advent

 

Thursday, 26 November 2020

 

Preparation

 

          O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

          Your faithful servants bless you -

          they make known the glory of your kingdom.

         

          Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

          ruler and judge of all,

          to you be praise and glory for ever.

          In the darkness of this age that is passing away

          may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy

          surround our steps as we journey on.

          May we reflect your glory this day

          and so be made ready to see your face

          in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.

          Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

          Blessed be God for ever.

 

          The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
          let us pray with one heart and mind.

          Silence is kept.

          As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

          so may the light of your presence, O God,

          set our hearts on fire with love for you;
          now and for ever. Amen.

 

Psalmody

 

Psalm 125

1        Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

          which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.

2        As the hills stand about Jerusalem,

          so the Lord stands round about his people,

          from this time forth for evermore.

3        The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway

          over the land allotted to the righteous,

          lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.

4        Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,

          and to those who are true of heart.

5        Those who turn aside to crooked ways

          the Lord shall take away with the evildoers;

          but let there be peace upon Israel.    

          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 126

1        When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

          then were we like those who dream.

2        Then was our mouth filled with laughter

          and our tongue with songs of joy.

3        Then said they among the nations,

          ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4        The Lord has indeed done great things for us,

          and therefore we rejoiced.

5        Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,

          as the river beds of the desert.

6        Those who sow in tears

          shall reap with songs of joy.

7        Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,

          will come back with shouts of joy, bearing their sheaves with them.   

          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.

 

1st Reading

                            

Isaiah 41.8-20

 

But you, Israel, my servant,

   Jacob, whom I have chosen,

   the offspring of Abraham, my friend;

you whom I took from the ends of the earth,

   and called from its farthest corners,

saying to you, ‘You are my servant,

   I have chosen you and not cast you off ’;

do not fear, for I am with you,

   do not be afraid, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

   I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

 

Yes, all who are incensed against you

   shall be ashamed and disgraced;

those who strive against you

   shall be as nothing and shall perish.

You shall seek those who contend with you,

   but you shall not find them;

those who war against you

   shall be as nothing at all.

For I, the Lord your God,

   hold your right hand;

it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear,

   I will help you.’

 

Do not fear, you worm Jacob,

   you insect Israel!

I will help you, says the Lord;

   your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

Now, I will make of you a threshing-sledge,

   sharp, new, and having teeth;

you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,

   and you shall make the hills like chaff.

You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away,

   and the tempest shall scatter them.

Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;

   in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

 

When the poor and needy seek water,

   and there is none,

   and their tongue is parched with thirst,

I the Lord will answer them,

   I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

I will open rivers on the bare heights,

   and fountains in the midst of the valleys;

I will make the wilderness a pool of water,

   and the dry land springs of water.

I will put in the wilderness the cedar,

   the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;

I will set in the desert the cypress,

   the plane and the pine together,

so that all may see and know,

   all may consider and understand,

that the hand of the Lord has done this,

   the Holy One of Israel has created it.

 

Canticle

 

          I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

1        ‘I am the Lord, your Holy One,

          the Creator of Israel, your King.’

2        Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,

          a path in the mighty waters,

3        ‘Remember not the former things,

          nor consider the things of old.

4        ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing;

          now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

5        ‘I will make a way in the wilderness

          and rivers in the desert,

          to give drink to my chosen people,

6        ‘The people whom I formed for myself,

          that they might declare my praise.’    

          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.

 

          I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

 

2nd Reading

 

Revelation 16.12-end

The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. These are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (‘See, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed, not going about naked and exposed to shame.’) And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Harmagedon.

 

The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found; and huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, until they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so fearful was that plague.

 

Gospel Canticle

 

1        Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

          who has come to his people and set them free.

2        He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

          born of the house of his servant David.                                                   

3        Through his holy prophets God promised of old

          to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

4        To show mercy to our ancestors,

          and to remember his holy covenant.

5        This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

          to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6        Free to worship him without fear,

          holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7        And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

          for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8        To give his people knowledge of salvation

          by the forgiveness of all their sins,

9        In the tender compassion of our God

          the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10      To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow

          of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

          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.

 

Intercessions

 

Prayers for the needs of others – spend some time praying for those in need. Just share with the Lord what’s on your mind today…

 

The Collect

         

          Eternal Father,

          whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven

          that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:

          keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit

          and in the bond of peace,

          and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;

          who is alive and reigns with you,

          in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

          one God, now and for ever.    

          Amen.        

 

          Our Father in heaven,

          hallowed be your name,

          your kingdom come,                                                                

          your will be done,

          on earth as in heaven.

          Give us today our daily bread.

          Forgive us our sins

          as we forgive those who sin against us.

          Lead us not into temptation                                                              

          but deliver us from evil.

          For the kingdom, the power,                                                             

          and the glory are yours

          now and for ever. Amen.

 

The Conclusion

         

          The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.

          Let us bless the Lord - thanks be to God.

Gatley VP
St James
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