Wednesday

Wednesday’s prayers tend to reflect the theme of Christ’s incarnation.

O God open our souls
to awaken to your presence
O God open our minds
to hear your call
O God open our hearts
to know your love
O God open our lives
to be fully alive in you and to our neighbour.

As we hear the scriptures read, may they lead us to the Christ and may we find in Jesus the fulfilment of all our searching.
              Psalm(s) and reading[s].
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
And obey it.
              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. When readings and reflection are done…

A song from scripture based on the Magnificat (The Song of Mary) may be said (or sung)
My soul proclaims your greatness O Lord;
my spirit rejoices in you O God our Saviour,
You have looked with favour on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call us blessed:
Almighty, you have done great things for us,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
remembering your promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.

                            Based on the ELLC translation of Luke 1:46-55

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Holy, holy holy, Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!

              …expressions of of praise and thanks …
O God, you have done great things for us
And holy is your name.

Your heavenly will be done in all created beings!
May your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
Father, may your will be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
              Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and for God’s agenda may be mentioned here or after each or all of the following petitions….
Your will is for the liberation of creation in bondage to decay
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for peace and justice
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
Your will is for all to come to a knowledge of salvation
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.
              Concerns and biddings for the good of the world and God’s desires might be mentioned here if they haven’t been before.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
              … reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.
We look to you to supply our need. Be our provider and strength.
Father, may your will be be fleshed out:
on earth as in heaven.

Forgiving God, we have held onto your gifts and stayed aloof.
              …
God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
Sharing God; we have resisted your life within us.
             …
God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
              …
God who first loved us, help us to love others by forgiving. …
God forgive us
And Let grace live within us
              There may be silence to reflect on forgiving. After an appropriate interval, words of forgiveness may be said.

As we seek to live embodying the values and commitments of God’s just and gentle Rule, let us reflect on likely forthcoming challenges to our faithfulness and integrity, and let’s recognise our future has many unknowns to wrongfoot us.
              …
We are called to bear Christ into our world. With Mary we ask, how can this be?
              …
We take to heart the Angel’s reply:
The power of the Most High will overshadow you; with God it is possible:
Let it be to us according to your Word.

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