This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

Picture from Evan & Lily May Skinner

        Prayer for this time

Heavenly Father,
our ever present help in trouble,
our fortress and our God:
calm the anxious fears of all who turn to you;
give strength and healing to those who are sick,
and courage and skill to those who care for them;
grant wisdom and clarity to those in authority;
and humble us all to call upon you,
that we may be saved not only in this life,
but also for that which is to come.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

A Simple Order of Morning Prayer in Ordinary Time

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

We sing to you, O Lord, and bless your name,
And tell of your salvation from day to day.

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.

Worship the Lord.
All praise to his name.

Silent prayer/reflection on the coming day. Then:
On Sundays
Eternal God,
we praise and thank you for the day
on which you created light
and saw that it was good;
the day on which the disciples
discovered the empty tomb
and met the risen Christ.
This is the day that you have made;
we rejoice and are glad in it.
Blessed be God for ever.

Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100)

The Lord is gracious, his steadfast love is everlasting.

O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth:
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know that the Lord is God:
it is he that has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise:
give thanks to him and bless his name.

For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting:
and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

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.

The Lord is gracious, his steadfast love is everlasting.

Bible Reading

FIRST READING Numbers 11.24–30

Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD;  and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent.  Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders;  and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again. Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad,  and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent,  and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying  in the camp.’ And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said,  ‘My lord Moses, stop them!’ But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!’ And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

PSALM Psalm 104. 24-34, 35b

R. 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.R

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, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. R

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. R

 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! R

SECOND READING Acts 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.”’

The Gospel of Christ according to John 20.19-23

Glory to you, O Lord.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection

Many of us will pray the words of the Lord’s prayer but I wonder how often we pause to reflect on what it is we are praying for? A good spiritual discipline is to pray the prayer line by line, slowly with a good pause in between to reflect and listen to what God might be saying to us. Or we might just take one line a day and reflect on that in our prayers? 

I came across the following many years ago and I have found it a great help in enabling me to reflect on the Lord’s prayer:

When I pray ‘OUR’, help me to ensure that my life and faith have room for others and their needs.

When I pray ‘FATHER’, help me to demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily life.

When I pray ‘IN HEAVEN’, help me to ensure that that my main interests are not in earthly things.

When I pray ‘HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME’, help me to strive, with God’s help, to be holy.

When I pray ‘YOUR KINGDOM COME’, help me to demonstrate the ways of God’s kingdom in my daily life.

When I pray ‘YOUR WILL BE DONE’, help me not to be self-willed or resentful of God’s claim on my time, my talents, my resources and myself.

When I pray ‘ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN’, help me to be ready to give myself to God’s service, and the service of others, here and now.

When I pray ‘GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD’, help me to be thankful for all that I have and to share my plenty freely with my neighbour.

When I pray ‘FORGIVE US OUR SINS’, help me to recognise the greatness of God’s love, and the grace that redeems me and sets me free.

When I pray ‘AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US’, help me to forgive those who wrong me, and to harbour no grudges, so that I may fully experience forgiveness myself.

When I pray ‘LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION’, help me to recognise and avoid those situations where I am tempted to do wrong.

When I pray ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’, help me to take a stand against evil through my prayers, my words and my actions.

When I pray ‘THE KINGDOM IS YOURS’, help me to be willing to obey the King in all things.

When I pray ‘THE POWER AND THE GLORY ARE YOURS’, help me to understand that I cannot, therefore, seek power and glory for myself.

When I pray ‘FOR EVER AND EVER’, help me to see things in their eternal context, and not be anxious about each day’s affairs.

And when I pray ‘AMEN’, help me to recognize that I am saying before God and my neighbour, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”

With my love and prayers

Jeremy.

The Benedictus


In your tender compassion, O God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel
for he has come to his people and set them free.

The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies
from the hands of all who hate us.

To show mercy to our forebears
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

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.

In your tender compassion, O God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Prayers

Mighty God, as we celebrate Pentecost, we pray for the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, the whole nature of your Church on earth requires your spiritual power. In the apostolic tradition, and by the knowledge of your Word, may we be empowered to evangelise as you commanded, and so find ourselves consumed by the fire of your divine love and mercy.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving Father, at this time of our Benefice’s inter-regnum; we, your children, pray for your guidance, encouragement and wisdom.

We pray for our Church leaders as they take our needs forward. We pray for Bishop Cherry and Archdeacon Ambrose; for our Area Dean Jeremy, as well as for all others involved in finding the right missionary for our Benefice. (Pause)

Gracious Holy Spirit, may you sow the seed on the heart of the person to be our next Priest. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Faithful God, we pray for our Benefice communities. May each of us, in these strange times, be open to the opportunities to give of our individual talents.  We pray that each baptized Christian may develop more fully his or her response to all the gifts which the Spirit bestows. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Almighty and merciful God, whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own; look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from war,
homelessness, sickness, starvation and poverty. Bless those who work to bring refugees relief.

Lord of all, inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace; (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, by your servant St Francis, you taught us that all creation is your handiwork. Grant us your grace that we may exercise wise stewardship of this Earth; tread lightly upon it; and cherish its resources.

(Short Silence)


Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Loving God, we pray for all those who are sick or injured, those with terminal conditions. We pray for those languishing in hospitals or care homes, and unable to see loved ones. (Pause) We pray for all affected by Covid-19.

We pray also for those who badly need hospital treatment but can’t get it because of this virus.  

We pray also for those who care for the sick and the dying, those engaged in the caring professions, and for those who look after loved ones, especially children.

We pray for all who live alone.

[We bring before you, Holy Father, all who we know that need your gentle touch right now (naming those on our list)] (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

 Merciful God, into your hands we commit those who have run the race of life on earth (praying especially at this time for……)

We pray for all we have loved and see no longer.

Heavenly Father, may your perpetual light shine upon them forever, and may the souls of all the faithful, to the mercy of God, rest in peace and rise in glory. (Short Silence)

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Everlasting God, on this Day of Pentecost, we rejoice in the wonderful gift of your Holy Spirit. Send him again into our hearts and minds that we may be empowered to witness to your Word, and your saving grace.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

Collect for Pentecost

God, who 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, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever Amen

The second collect, for peace.
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life,
to serve you is perfect freedom:
defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The third collect, for grace.
Eternal God and Father,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed:
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to you
in love and service of one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.