Morning Prayer

Lent
Thursday 25 February 2021

 

Preparation

 

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

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

         

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

In the darkness of our sin,

your light breaks forth like the dawn

and your healing springs up for deliverance.

As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,

sustain us with your bountiful Spirit

and open our lips to sing your praise.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

         

          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 42

1        As the deer longs for the water brooks,

so longs my soul for you, O God.

2        My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;

when shall I come before the presence of God?

3        My tears have been my bread day and night,

while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’

4        Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul:

how I went with the multitude and led the procession to the house of God,

5        With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,

among those who kept holy day.

6        Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,

and why are you so disquieted within me?

7        O put your trust in God;

for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

8        My soul is heavy within me;

therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,

and from Hermon and the hill of Mizar.

9        Deep calls to deep in the thunder of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and waves have gone over me.

10      The Lord will grant his loving-kindness in the daytime;

through the night his song will be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

11      I say to God my rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me,

and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?’

12      As they crush my bones, my enemies mock me;

while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’

13      Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?

and why are you so disquieted within me?

14      O put your trust in God;

for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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 43

1        Give judgement for me, O God,

and defend my cause against an ungodly people;

deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.

2        For you are the God of my refuge; why have you cast me from you,

and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?

3        O send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,

and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling,

4        That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness;

and on the lyre I will give thanks to you, O God my God.

5        Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,

and why are you so disquieted within me?

6        O put your trust in God;

for I will yet give him thanks, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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

                            

Jeremiah 6.9-21

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

Glean thoroughly as a vine

   the remnant of Israel;

like a grape-gatherer, pass your hand again

   over its branches.

To whom shall I speak and give warning,

   that they may hear?

See, their ears are closed,

   they cannot listen.

The word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;

   they take no pleasure in it.

But I am full of the wrath of the Lord;

   I am weary of holding it in.

 

Pour it out on the children in the street,

   and on the gatherings of young men as well;

both husband and wife shall be taken,

   the old folk and the very aged.

Their houses shall be turned over to others,

   their fields and wives together;

for I will stretch out my hand

   against the inhabitants of the land,

says the Lord.

 

For from the least to the greatest of them,

   everyone is greedy for unjust gain;

and from prophet to priest,

   everyone deals falsely.

They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,

   saying, ‘Peace, peace’,

   when there is no peace.

They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;

   yet they were not ashamed,

   they did not know how to blush.

Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;

   at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,

says the Lord.

 

Thus says the Lord:

Stand at the crossroads, and look,

   and ask for the ancient paths,

where the good way lies; and walk in it,

   and find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Also I raised up sentinels for you:

   ‘Give heed to the sound of the trumpet!’

But they said, ‘We will not give heed.’

Therefore hear, O nations,

   and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.

Hear, O earth; I am going to bring disaster on this people,

   the fruit of their schemes,

because they have not given heed to my words;

   and as for my teaching, they have rejected it.

Of what use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba,

   or sweet cane from a distant land?

Your burnt-offerings are not acceptable,

   nor are your sacrifices pleasing to me.

Therefore thus says the Lord:

See, I am laying before this people

   stumbling-blocks against which they shall stumble;

parents and children together,

   neighbour and friend shall perish.

 

Canticle

 

          Full of compassion and mercy and love is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

 

1        Lord almighty and God of our ancestors,

you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

2        All things tremble with awe at your presence,

before your great and mighty power.

3        Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy,

for you are God, Most High.

4        You are full of compassion, long-suffering and very merciful,

and you relent at human suffering.

5        O God, according to your great goodness,

you have promised forgiveness for repentance

to those who have sinned against you.

6        The sins I have committed against you

are more in number than the sands of the sea.

7        I am not worthy to look up to the height of heaven,

because of the multitude of my iniquities.

8        And now I bend the knee of my heart before you,

imploring your kindness upon me.

9        I have sinned, O God, I have sinned,

and I acknowledge my transgressions.

10      Unworthy as I am, you will save me,

according to your great mercy.

11      For all the host of heaven sings your praise,

and your glory is for ever and ever.  

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.

 

          Full of compassion and mercy and love is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

2nd Reading

 

John 6.1-15

 

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

 

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

 

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

         

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

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.

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

         

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

 

Let us bless the Lord - thanks be to God.

Gatley VP
St James
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