A Service of the Word

    An Order for Morning Prayer
    on Sunday  
       
    Preparation  
     
    Grace, mercy and peace
    from God our Father
    and the Lord Jesus Christ
    be with you
All
  and also with you.
     
    This is the day that the Lord has made.
All
  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
     
    (or)
     
    O Lord, open our lips
All
  and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
     
    Give us the joy of your saving help
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  and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.
     
    The minister may say
     
    We have come together in the name of Christ
    to offer our praise and thanksgiving,
    to hear and receive God's holy word,
    to pray for the needs of the world,
    and to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
    that by the power of the Holy Spirit
    we may give ourselves to the service of God.
     
    Prayers of Penitence are used when Morning Prayer is the principal service and may be used on other occasions (see Note 3).
     
    The following or another authorized confession and absolution is used
     
    Jesus says, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'
    So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ,
    confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
     
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  Lord God,
    we have sinned against you;
    we have done evil in your sight.
    We are sorry and repent.
    Have mercy on us according to your love.
    Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
    Renew a right spirit within us
    and restore us to the joy of your salvation;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
     
    May the Father of all mercies
    cleanse you from your sins,
    and restore you in his image
    to the praise and glory of his name,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All
  Amen.
     
    Blessed is the Lord,
All
  for he has heard the voice of our prayer;
     
    therefore shall our hearts dance for joy
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  and in our song will we praise our God.
     
    One or more of the following may conclude the Preparation or they may be omitted.
     
    This prayer of thanksgiving may be said
     
    Blessed are you, Lord our God,
    creator and redeemer of all;
    to you be glory and praise for ever.
    From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world
    and in your great love fashioned us in your image.
    Now, through the deep waters of death,
    you have brought your people to new birth
    by raising your Son to life in triumph.
    May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts
    as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.
    Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
All
  Blessed be God for ever.
     
    An opening canticle or a hymn may be said or sung.
     
    This opening prayer may be said
     
    The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
    let us pray with one heart and mind.
     
    Silence is kept.
     
    As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
    so may the light of your presence, O God,
    set our hearts on fire with love for you;
    now and for ever.
All
  Amen.
       
    The Word of God  
     
    Psalmody  
     
    The appointed psalmody is said or sung.
     
    Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
     
    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.
       
    Old Testament Canticle  
     
    If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the Old Testament canticle.
     
    A suitable canticle is said or sung (see Note 5).
       
    Scripture Reading  
     
    One or more readings appointed for the day are read.
    The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.
     
    The reader may say
     
    This is the word of the Lord.
All
  Thanks be to God.
     
    A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow
     
    Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.
All
  And Christ shall give you light.
    You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.
All
  Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.
    Set your minds on things that are above,
         not on things that are on the earth.
All
  And Christ shall give you light.
    When Christ our life appears you will appear with him in glory.
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  Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
         and Christ shall give you light.
       
    Gospel Canticle  
     
    The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is said or sung
     
1
  Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, ¨
    who has come to his people and set them free.
     
2
  He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, ¨
    born of the house of his servant David.
     
3
  Through his holy prophets God promised of old ¨
    to save us from our enemies,
          from the hands of all that hate us,
     
4
  To show mercy to our ancestors, ¨
    and to remember his holy covenant.
     
5
  This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: ¨
    to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
     
6
  Free to worship him without fear, ¨
    holy and righteous in his sight
          all the days of our life.
     
7
  And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, ¨
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
     
8
  To give his people knowledge of salvation ¨
    by the forgiveness of all their sins.
     
9
  In the tender compassion of our God ¨
    the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
     
10
  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, ¨
    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.     
   
Luke 1.68-79
    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.
     
    A sermon is preached when Morning Prayer is the principal service (see Note 3).
     
    Morning Prayer may conclude with one of the Thanksgivings.
       
    The Creed  
     
    When Morning Prayer is the principal service, the Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith is said. It may be omitted on other occasions (see Note 3).
     
All
  I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
   
    I believe 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, died, and was buried;
    he descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again;
    he ascended into heaven,
    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
    and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
   
    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. 
    Amen.
       
    Prayers  
     
    Intercessions are offered.
     
    The Collect is said.
     
    The Lord's Prayer is said
     
    Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
    as our Saviour has taught us, so we pray    
     
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  Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins    
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation
    but deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours
    now and for ever. 
    Amen.
     
    (or)
     
    Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
    let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
     
All
  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.
       
    The Conclusion  
     
    The service ends with one of the following, or another blessing or ending.
       
    The Blessing  
     
    The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
    and keep us in eternal life.
All
  Amen.
     
    [Let us bless the Lord.
All
  Thanks be to God.]
     
    (or)
       
    The Grace  
     
All
  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    and the love of God,
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
    be with us all evermore. 
    Amen.
     
    (or)
       
    The Peace  
     
    May the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
    keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
All
  Amen.
     
    The peace of the Lord be always with you
All
  and also with you.
     
    These words may be added
     
    Let us offer one another a sign of peace, God's seal on our prayers.