Friday

On Fridays, many of the prayers reflect the theme of the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after you, O God.
My soul thirsts for you, the living God.

What is it that we seek?
We seek God’s reign and righteousness.
Let’s seek with all our reflecting
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek with all our attentiveness
Amen. God be our centre
Let’s seek with all our valuing
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek with all our efforts
Amen. God be our souls’ shelter

On the cross, Jesus framed fracturing-life’s ebb with words from scripture,
May we frame our lives’ flow primed by God’s word. Let us attend!
              Psalm[s] and reading[s]. There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.
Jesus call us to faith in Him.
              …. [pause for reflection]
Lord, we believe,
help us in our unbelief.

The Song of Christ’s Glory
Though in the form of God,
Christ did not regard equality with God
as something to be held.
He emptied himself,
taking on the form of a slave.
Jesus was born in human likeness;
and found in human form.
He humbled himself
and was obedient into death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God highly exalted him
giving him the name above every name.
So at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

                            [From Philippians 2]

We will give God thanks:
You are our help and our God.
Blessèd and hallowed is your name, compassionate, gracious and merciful God, you seek us out in the darkness of our sin, you exchange beauty of reconciliation for the ashes of our rebellion as you come to us with healing in your wings.
Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name.
              Thanks and praise may be shared…
We have been led into a world seemingly deserted of meaning, we pray for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, that they may be filled
              …
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.
In a world of insecurity and danger, we pray for the protection of the vulnerable
              …
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.
In a world of powers and ambition, we pray for those who make decisions affecting the lives of others
              …
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.
In a world needing the ministry of angels in many guises, some unawares, we pray for the needs and concerns known to us.
              …
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth.

In a world where there is bread enough for all, we bring before you those who do not have and pray for the will and means of supply, globally and locally
              …
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth
seeking first your kingdom & righteousness, may all things needful be added to us.
              Prayers for needs may be voiced….
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
              …

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting
              [Ps.139:23-4]
Have mercy on us, O God,
according to your steadfast love
wash us thoroughly from our iniquity,
and cleanse us from our sin.
Create in us a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Do not take your holy spirit from us
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
              [See. Ps.51]
O Soul be joyful; the loving God stretches out his merciful hand to you.
              …

Make us instruments of your peace:
and let your glory be over all the earth.
              …pause to reflect on the coming day…
Tempted to breaden stones:
May your Word give us life.
Tested by intimations of invincibility:
Make us wise in your ways.
Trialled by the seductions of power:
Keep us true to you.

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