This Weeks Services ,Readings and Prayers

    DAILY PRAYER 2009

From The Book of Common Prayer for use in the Church in WalesCopyright © Church in Wales Publications and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales 2010

How to use this service:

Find a quiet place and remind yourself that you are taking part in the worship of the Church of God. You are not alone. We are surrounded by the company of heaven. It is with angels and archangels that we worship as well as being members together of the Body of Christ on Earth.

May 21st – Ascension Day

Introduction:

I am part of the family of God. In our Father’s presence, I  come now to offer him praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive his word, to bring before him the needs of the world and to seek his grace, that, through his Son, Jesus Christ, we may give ourselves to his service.

A simple confession:

Father, forgive what I have been, Help me to amend what I am And direct what I shall become. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Acclamation of Christ

O Lord, open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Then is said:

Venite exultemus Domino (Psalm 95)

1        O come, let us / sing to the / Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the / rock of / our sal/vation.

2        Let us come into his / presence with / thanksgiving: and be / glad in / him with / psalms.

3        For the Lord is a / great / God: and a great / king a/bove all / gods.

4        In his hand are the / depths of the / earth: and the heights of the / mountains are / his / also.

5        The sea is his, / for he / made it: and his hands have / moulded the / dry / land.

6        Come, let us worship / and bow / down: and kneel be/fore the / Lord our / Maker.

7        For / he is our / God: we are the people of his pasture /and the / sheep of his / hand.

8        O that today you would listen / to his / voice: ‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, on that day at / Massah / in the / wilderness,

9        When your forebears tested me, and put me / to the / proof:though / they had / seen my / works.

10      Forty years long I detested that gene/ration and / said: “This people are wayward in their hearts.they / do not / know my / ways.”

11      So I / swore in my / wrath: “They shall not / enter / into my / rest.”’

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 following opening prayer of blessing is said.

Blessed are you, creator of all, o you be praise and glory for ever. As your dawn renews the face of the earth bringing light and life to all creation, may we rejoice in this day you have made.as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

Blessed be God for ever.

Silent prayer/reflection on the coming day.

Early in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Lord, have mercy.

You speak in my heart and say ‘ Seek my face’; your face, Lord, will I seek.

Christ, have mercy.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Lord, have mercy.

THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Psalmody

Each of the psalms appointed ends with

Glory to the Father, and / to the / Son:

and / to the / Holy / Spirit.

as it was in the be/ginning, is / now:

and shall be for / ever. / A–/men.

PSALM  47

Clap your hands together, all you peoples: O sing to God with shouts of joy.

For the Lord, Most High is to be feared: he is the great King over all the earth.

He subdued the peoples under us: and the nations under our feet.

He has chosen our heritage for us: the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.

God has gone up with a merry noise: The Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

O sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing praises with all your skill.

God reigns over the nation: God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.

The nobles of the peoples are gathered together: with the people of the God of Abraham.

For the powers of the earth belong to God: and he is very highly exalted.

FIRST READING Acts 1. 1-11 undefined

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ So, when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

SECOND READING Ephesians 1. 15-23

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Ephesians.

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Then may be said:

The Gospel Canticle: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel

1   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.

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

4  To show mercy / to our / forebears: and to re/member his / holy / covenant.

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 before him / 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 pre/pare his / way,

To give his people knowledge / of sal/vation: by the for/giveness / of their / sins.

In the tender compassion / of our / God:the dawn from on / high shall / break up/on 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 be/ginning, is / now: and shall be for / ever. / A–/men.

GOSPEL Luke 24. 44-53

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so, stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Silence.

An Affirmation of the Faith

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

In peace we pray to the Lord.

For all people in their daily life and work, for our families friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone …

For this community, for our nation and its government,

For the Queen, for all who work for justice, freedom and peace …

For the right use of your creation; for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, or oppression …

For all in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; for those who are sick, lonely or in need and for those who serve and care for them …

For the peace, mission, and unity of the Church; for all who proclaim the gospel and all who search for truth …

For Cherry, our bishop, and all ministers. for all the members of your Church …

Almighty God, your Son has promised that, when we meet in his name and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer. In your love and mercy, fulfil our desires and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, we boldly 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.

The Collect of the Day is said.

Collect.

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you and 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.

O Lord and heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for bringing us safely to the beginning of this new day: defend us by your mighty power that we may be kept free from all sin and safe from every danger, and enable us in everything to do only what is right in your eyes. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or

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 CONCLUSION

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

The Lord bless us and protect us from eviland keep us in eternal life. Amen.