Year III: Week 5 of Lent

Monday: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

We are currently in the season of Lent, which is the traditional 40 days of prayer, fasting, reflection and repentance that precedes the great Easter celebrations. Just as Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness learning to overcome the Enemy, so we set this time aside for spiritual warfare and renewal. It is common during this time to imitate the simplicity of Jesus in the wilderness by abstaining from rich foods and strong drink during this season, and to devote extra time to the practice of the spiritual disciplines. The daily intercessions throughout the entire Lenten season reflect this focus, and drill deeply into our selfish attitudes and sinful actions.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
Lord, Open my lips.
All:
And my mouth will give you praise.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


INVITATORY PSALM:

Psalm 67 (Doxology)

All:

An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


MORNING PSALM

Psalm 119:81-88

ך Kaph

My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
The proud have dug pits for me,
Which is not according to Your law.
All Your commandments are faithful;
They persecute me wrongfully;
Help me!
They almost made an end of me on earth,
But I did not forsake Your precepts.
Revive me according to Your loving kindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


WORSHIP

All:
(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


PRAYER & INTERCESSION

Reader:
Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Father of Compassion, strip from us all vestige of sin and selfishness. Like Adam, we ask that you take from us our covering of fig leaves and clothe us instead in your robe of righteousness. Open our eyes to that which in us must change and give us grace to accept that which must remain.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For contrite hearts and humble spirits, knowing that it was your Son who said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.”
    – Lord, have mercy
  • For the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life that so contaminate our best endeavours.
    – Lord, have mercy…

Family & Friends

  • God of Glory, we bring our families and the children of our community to you. We have been poor examples, slack in attention and careless in prayer. May we know your forgiveness, our children know your favour and our families know your peace.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • Where we have watched as those we know have died in their sins, struggled in their darkness and wrestled alone with their despair.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • Where we have not been our brother’s keeper and have not watched over his soul with care and deep love.
    – Lord, have mercy…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, you are intoxicated with love for your Bride. Forgive us for our harsh words, critical judgements and divisive opinions. Bring peace to our hearts that we may minister peace to your people. Let us see your Church with the eyes of Christ.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For standing aloof at the suffering of your persecuted church and failing to seek for her good in prayer, words and action.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For letting Church be about me and my needs rather than about others and their needs.
    – Lord, have mercy…

The World

  • Lord of all, we have been so slow to see the need around us and so sluggish to respond to the lack of those in our city. O God who defends the poor, the weak, the defenceless and the widow, open our eyes to your agenda.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For the aborted children, the absent parents, the abandoned elderly and the absconded
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For communities unloved, multitudes un-housed, suffering un-comforted and dead un-mourned.
    – Lord, have mercy…

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Reader:
And so we pray…

All:
Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your 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 yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever, Amen.


GOSPEL READING

John 10:22-42

I and the Father Are One

At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming’, because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection…

READING: THE WAY OF CHRIST (Optional)

Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

Reader:
The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Contemplative Living.

Aware that quietness and stillness are vital for spiritual life, I determine to build silence and solitude into my week and the practice of retreat into my schedule. As a follower of the Way of Prayer, I will seek to develop a contemplative lifestyle.

All:
This is The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Contemplative Living.


Pause for Reflection…


THE APOSTLES CREED

Reader:
And so we make our declaration of faith…

All:
We believe in God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into the grave;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Worldwide Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting. Amen.


COLLECT

Reader:
(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

Almighty God, who sees that we are powerless help ourselves:
Keep our bodies, and preserve our souls;
That we, being defended from all adversities,
And all evil thoughts that assault the soul;
May serve you with a full and faithful heart.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who delivered us from the dominion of darkness,
And give us a place with the saints in light,
In the Kingdom of his beloved Son. Amen


BLESSING

Reader:
(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Establish your hearts and answer your prayers,
In the everlasting Kingdom of Grace. Amen


Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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