Church of England Diocese of Leeds Gomersal

Morning Prayer

17 Mar 2020, 9 a.m.
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A Service of <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Morning Prayer </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">at Home </span>

Welcome to this Service of Morning Prayer, it has been designed to be said at home by one or two people for occasions when it is not possible to come to church.

Here are some suggestions to help you use this order of service:-

• Find a quiet comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.

• If you can, light a candle to remind you of Jesus, the light of the world who always scatters the darkness of the world and our lives.

• If you have a small cross or crucifix place it where you can see it or hold it in your hand.

• On a separate sheet are the readings for the day, the Psalm, and the collect prayer.

• When two or more are gathered together you may like to take it in turns to read alternate verses of the Psalm and Canticle.

• Take your time and leave space for some silence, to sit in the presence of God.

It may feel like you are praying alone, miss the fellowship of other Christians and that it somehow feels less holy than being in church but the words of the hymn ‘The day thou gavest Lord has ended’ remind us of the power and strength of prayers uttered in every time and place across the world:-

‘We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping, while earth rolls onward into light,

through all the world her watch is keeping, and rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island, the dawn leads on another day, the voice of prayer is never silent, nor dies the strain of praise away.’ 

Preparation

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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 holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

Hear now the words of Jesus for all who are truly sorry and seek to renew their lives:

‘Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace; come and follow me.’

Thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all, to you be glory and praise for ever. You founded the earth in the beginning and the heavens are the work of your hands. In the fullness of time you made us in your image, and in these last days you have spoken to us in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, your Spirit ever renew our lives and your praises ever be on our lips. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever. 

Psalm

The appointed Psalm for the day is said.

Each Psalm may end with

Glory be 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.

First Reading

The Old or New Testament Reading is read here

Gospel Reading

The Gospel Reading is read here.

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 be 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.

Prayers of Intercession You might like to pray for:-

• Specific situations in the world

• Christians throughout the world

• Your local community

• People who need healing and wholeness

• Those who have died and those who mourn

• Any place, person or concern that is on your heart.

The Collect

The Collect of the Day is prayed here

The Lord’s Prayer

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 prayer

In darkness and in light, in trouble and in joy, help us, heavenly Father, to trust your love, to serve your purpose, and to praise your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.