Tuesday

Tuesday’s prayers tend to reflect the themes of Christ’s return and the consummation of creation at the End of all things.

I will listen to what the Lord God will say
for God shall speak peace to his people
to the faithful shall God speak
that they do not turn again to folly
                            [from Psalm 85:8].
              …Pause to recognise God’s presence.
My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.
              Psalm[s] and reading[s]. When they have been read …

The word be that goes out from God’s mouth
shall not return empty,
it shall accomplish God’s purpose,
and succeed in what it is sent to do.
              reflection silently and/or together out loud. A framework for reflection structured around the Lord’s prayer is available.
The Song of Zechariah often known as the Benedictus may be said.
Blessed are you, Lord God of Israel;
you have come to your people and set us free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of your servant David.
Through your holy prophets you 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 your holy covenant.
This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
holy and righteous before you,
all the days of our life.
In your tender compassion, O 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.

                            Based on the ELLC version of the Song of Zachariah.

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is full of justice.
Hallowed be your name!
              …when any further expressions of praise and thanks have been shared:

Sovereign Lord, our End as our Beginning, In your compassion, your dawn from on high scatters the deathly shades haunting our darknesses: Our God in heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name

Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.
A day is coming and has already come when all good hopes will blossom and wickedness will die back never to be remembered
Just and merciful God, hasten that Day and in this age give us a foretaste of your kingdom: Bring in your Reign, O God
let your best hopes prevail.
              Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions
In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more
and God will wipe away every tear.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.
In that Day, of the increase of Christ’s government and peace there shall be no end.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.
In that Day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you.
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.

As we walk the path of your Dream of a healed creation, may we know your hand supplying our needs.
              … recalling of needs in silence or aloud
As we ask for daily bread,
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.

Give us this day the courage and insight to forgive others:
as you forgive us our trespasses…
              A moment of silence for recollection and response to this call …
in our forgiving and being forgiven:
Bring in your Reign, O God
Let your best hopes prevail.

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ, let us reflect on what challenges to our faithfulness and integrity the coming hours may bring, and pause before the many unknowns of our future
              …
When we are tested by temptation
strengthen us.
when our commitment to your Love is put to trial,
save us.
When evil ensnares
free us.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen

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