4th Sunday of Easter - 9.30am - Reflections and Prayers

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Lord, hear my voice when I call to you. 

My heart has prompted me to seek your face;

I seek it Lord; do not hide from me, alleluia.

 

Have mercy on us O God, Father almighty,

God of hosts, noble God,

Lord of the world, unutterable God,

Creator of the elements, invisible God.

Heavenly Father, you who abide in heaven,

Have mercy on us.

 

Lord, be with us this day,

Within us to purify us;

Above us to draw us up;

Beneath us to sustain us;

Before us to lead us;

Behind us to restrain us;

Around us to protect us.

St Patrick

 

O Lord, open our lips:

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Psalm 106

Praise the Lord

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures for ever.

 

Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
    or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,
    who always do what is right.

 

Remember me, Lord, when you show favour to your people,
    come to my aid when you save them,


that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may share in the joy of your nation
    and join your inheritance in giving praise.

 

We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.


When our ancestors were in Egypt,
    they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
    and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. 

 

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    to make his mighty power known.


He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
    he led them through the depths as through a desert.

 

10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
    from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

 

11 The waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them survived.

 

12 Then they believed his promises
    and sang his praise.

 

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.

 

Bible Reading Genesis 1

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault ‘sky’. And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. 16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.

20 And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ 23 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.

24 And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

 

At the end:

O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path; grant us so to

meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines

more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Jerome

 

 

Reflection

 

The Song of Zechariah – Benedictus - Luke 1.68–79

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel:

For he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour:

Born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies:

From the hands of all that hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our forebears:

And to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

To set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear:

Holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High:

For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

To give his people knowledge of salvation:

By the forgiveness of all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our 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.

 

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.

Prayers

 

The Collect of the day

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.

 

Almighty God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

to me the least of saints,

to me allow that I may keep even the smallest door,

the farthest, darkest, coldest door,

the door that is least used, the stiffest door.

If only it be in Your house, O God,

that I can see Your glory even afar,

and hear Your voice,

and know that I am with You, O God. Amen

St Columba

The Blessing and Conclusion       

The peace of God,

which passes all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds

in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

May the risen Christ give us his peace.

Alleluia. Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


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