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 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.


Opening Prayer


Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And we beseech thee; give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.  Amen.


      Reading from scripture - choose one of the following:


'With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?'  He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6.6 – 8)


'Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.' (Revelation 3.20 – 22)


Jesus said, 'The hour  is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.' (John 4.23,24)


A Time of Silence is kept


Psalm - Read one of the following Psalms

118, 81, 135, 139, 33, 30, 66, 117



Prayers may include these concerns


                                                      The universal church, so she may proclaim the living Lord

                                                      That we might use creation in a sustainable way

                                                      The needy, that they may know new life




                                                       Christ be with me, Christ within me,

                                                       Christ behind me, Christ before me,

                                                       Christ beside me, Christ to win me,  

                                                       Christ to comfort and restore me,

                                                       Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

                                                       Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

                                                       Christ in hearts of all that love me,

                                                       Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

                                                       (St Patrick's Breastplate)


    The Lord's Prayer is said.



Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or conceive, by the power which is at work among us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ  Jesus throughout all ages. Amen.

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