Prayer in the Morning

O Lord, open our lips,
and we shall praise your name.

Sentence for the day

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.

God has sent into our hearts
the Spirit of his Son, crying ‘Abba Father’.

There is one body and one Spirit,
just as there is one hope held out in God’s call to you.

The Lord is in his holy temple;
Let all the earth be silent in his presence.

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my mind be acceptable to you,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,
and has entrusted us with the message of reconciliation.

Send out your light and truth to be my guide;
Let them lead me to your holy hill, to your dwelling-place.

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.

Venite (Psalm 95)
Come, let us sing to the Lord
and rejoice in the Rock, our Saviour.
Let us come and give thanks in his presence,
and greet him with songs of praise.

The Lord is a great God,
a king supreme over all;
in his hands are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain heights are his;
the sea is his – he made it –
and the dry land was formed by his hands.

Come, let us kneel and adore,
let us worship the Lord our maker.

He is our God and we are his people,
the flock he leads with his hand.

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 Prayer of the Morning

Blessèd are you, Lord our God,
Giver of life,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
At the opening of this day
you call us out of darkness
into your marvellous light.
Blessèd are you for ever and ever. Amen.

Reading of the day

Canticle: Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)
Blessèd be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who 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 the 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
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 heaven 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.

The prayers
Let us offer our prayer
with all God’s people
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who ever lives to pray for us.
We pray for the needs of the world . . .
We pray for the Church . . .
We pray for all in trouble or distress . . .
We pray for all who make a new beginning today . . .

Prayers for the Wesley House community

Silent prayer

God of compassion and mercy,
listen to our prayer.
May what we ask in Jesus Christ your Son
be done according to his word, who said,
‘Ask, and you will receive,
seek, and you will find,
knock, and the door will be opened to you.’
To you, merciful God,
through your Son,
in the life-giving Spirit,
be glory and praise for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
We say together the prayer that Jesus gave us:

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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Lord our God,
as with all creation
we offer you the life of this new day,
give us grace to love and serve you
to the praise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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