Morning and Evening Prayer

Thanksgivings for use at Morning and Evening Prayer      

Thanksgiving for the Word

If possible, this Thanksgiving should be celebrated around the lectern or other symbol of the word.  

Your word is a lantern to our feet
Alland a light upon our path.

This prayer of thanksgiving may be said

Blessed are you, Lord our God.
How sweet are your words to the taste,
sweeter than honey to the mouth.
How precious are your commands for our life,
more than the finest gold in our hands.
How marvellous is your will for the world,
unending is your love for the nations.
Our voices shall sing of your promises
and our lips declare your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

After a suitable introduction, this or another confession and absolution may be used

AllO King enthroned on high,
filling the earth with your glory:
holy is your name,
Lord God almighty.
In our sinfulness we cry to you
to take our guilt away,
and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw us to himself,
and cleanse us from all our sins
that we may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

Testimonies may be shared. The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith may be said.

Intercessions are offered.

This or another prayer is said

Almighty God,
we thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to our feet,
a light upon our paths,
and a strength to our lives.
Take us and use us
to love and serve all people
in the power of the Holy Spirit
and in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

The Lord's Prayer is said.

The service ends either with the Peace or with the following proclamation to the world

The Word of life which was from the beginning
Allwe proclaim to you.
The darkness is passing away
and the true light is already shining;
Allthe Word of life which was from the beginning.
That which we heard, which we saw with our eyes,
and touched with our hands,
Allwe proclaim to you.
For our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllThe Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.

from 1 John 1

Let us bless the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.

Thanksgiving for Holy Baptism

If possible, this Thanksgiving should be celebrated at the font.

I saw water flowing from the threshold of the temple.
AllWherever the river flows
everything will spring to life. Alleluia.

On the banks of the river grow trees bearing every kind of fruit.
AllTheir leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail.

Their fruit will serve for food,
their leaves for the healing of the nations.
AllFor the river of the water of life
flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

This prayer of thanksgiving is said and water may be poured into the font

God in Christ gives us water welling up for eternal life.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
AllLord, give us this water and we shall thirst no more.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
AllIt is right to give thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, sovereign God of all,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
You are our light and our salvation.
From the deep waters of death
you have raised your Son to life in triumph.
Grant that all who have been born anew by water and the Spirit
may daily be renewed in your image,
walk by the light of faith,
and serve you in newness of life;
through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
we lift our voices of praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith is said.

Intercessions are offered. These should include prayer for those who are preparing for baptism and for those recently baptized.

This or another Collect is said

Almighty God,
in our baptism you have consecrated us
to be temples of your Holy Spirit.
May we, whom you have counted worthy,
nurture this gift of your indwelling Spirit with a lively faith
and worship you with upright lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

The water may be sprinkled over the people or they may be invited to use it to sign themselves with the cross.

The service ends either with the Peace or with the following blessing

May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life,
perfect in you the image of his glory;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
AllAmen.

Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church

If the Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church is to include anointing, the minister must be authorized for this ministry as required by Canon B 37.

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
Alland forget not all his benefits.

God forgives all our iniquities;
Alland heals all our diseases.

God redeems our life from the pit;
Alland crowns us with love and mercy.

James 5.13-16a or another suitable reading such as Mark 1.29-34 or Acts 3.1-10 follows.

This prayer of thanksgiving may be said

Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful,
creator of heaven and earth.
Your word brought light out of darkness.
In Jesus Christ you proclaim good news to the poor,
liberty to captives, sight to the blind,
and freedom for the oppressed.
Daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth,
bringing life and health, wholeness and peace.
In the renewal of our lives
you make known your heavenly glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith may be said.

Intercessions for those in need and those who care for them may be offered in this or another form

Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
we make our prayer to you, saying,
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant to [N and] all who seek you
the assurance of your presence, your power and your peace.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant your healing grace to [N and] all who are sick
that they may be made whole in body, mind and spirit.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant to all who minister to the suffering
wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Hear us, Lord of life.
AllHeal us, and make us whole.

This or another Collect is said

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew [N, N, ... and] all your people
with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

The Lord's Prayer is said.

The Ministry of Healing may take place here using these or other suitable prayers

Be with us, Spirit of God;
Allnothing can separate us from your love.

Breathe on us, breath of God;
Allfill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, wisdom of God;
Allbring strength, healing and peace.

The Lord is here.
AllHis Spirit is with us.

Silence is kept.

If anointing is to be administered, a priest may use this prayer over the oil, if it has not previously been blessed

Lord, holy Father, giver of health and salvation,
as your apostles anointed those who were sick and healed them,
so continue the ministry of healing in your Church.
Sanctify this oil, that those who are anointed with it
may be freed from suffering and distress,
find inward peace, and know the joy of your salvation,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
AllAmen.

The laying on of hands may be administered using these or other suitable words

In the name of God and trusting in his might alone,
receive Christ's healing touch to make you whole.

May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit,
deliver you from every evil,
and give you his peace.
AllAmen.

If anointing is administered by an authorized minister, these or other suitable words may be used

N, I anoint you in the name of God who gives you life.
Receive Christ's forgiveness, his healing and his love.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
grant you the riches of his grace,
his wholeness and his peace.
AllAmen.

This prayer concludes the Ministry of Healing

The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore your defence.
May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
AllAmen.

This responsory may be used

O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
AllO magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
AllO magnify the Lord with me.
In my weakness I cried to the Lord;
he heard me and saved me from my troubles.
AllLet us exalt his name together.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllO magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

cf Psalm 34

The service ends with the Grace or a blessing or the Peace

Peace to you from God our Father who hears our cry.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ whose death brings healing.
Peace from the Holy Spirit who gives us life and strength.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
Alland also with you.

Thanksgiving for the Mission of the Church

If possible, this Thanksgiving should be celebrated near or facing the main door of the building.

A suitable Gospel reading may be introduced by this acclamation

We proclaim not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord
Alland ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

For the God who said, Let light shine out of darkness,
Allhas caused the light to shine within us:

to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
Allin the face of Jesus Christ.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
AllGlory to you, O Lord.

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
AllPraise to you, O Christ.

This prayer of thanksgiving may be said

Blessed are you,
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for you have blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.
You chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world
and destined us for adoption as your children.
In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins,
an inheritance in your kingdom, the seal of your Spirit,
and in him we live for the praise of your glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

The commissioning of those called and prepared to exercise particular ministries may take place here.

The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith and this affirmation of commitment may be said

Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you persevere in resisting evil,
and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,
loving your neighbour as yourself?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you acknowledge Christ's authority over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,
by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
AllAmen.

Intercessions for those engaged in ministry and other prayers for the mission of the Church may be offered.

This Collect is said

Almighty God,
who called your Church to witness
that in Christ you were reconciling the world to yourself:
help us so to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be reconciled to you
through him who died for us and rose again
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Lord's Prayer is said.

The service ends either with the Peace or with the following blessing

Let us bless the living God:
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
Allrevealed in his glory,
worshipped by angels,
Allproclaimed among the nations,
believed in throughout the world.
Allexalted to the highest heavens.

Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation,
Allnow and for ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.