Morning Prayer on Thursday
Thursday, 19 August 2021

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips
Alland our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The Acclamation of Christ at the Dawning of the Day (page 108) may replace the Preparation as the start of Morning Prayer on any occasion.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

One of these prayers of thanksgiving (page 109),

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
You founded the earth in the beginning
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
In the fullness of time you made us in your image,
and in these last days you have spoken to us
in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.
As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us
let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,
your Spirit ever renew our lives
and your praises ever be on our lips.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

(or)

Blessed are you, creator of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your dawn renews the face of the earth
bringing light and life to all creation,
may we rejoice in this day you have made;
as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,
open our eyes to behold your presence
and strengthen our hands to do your will,
that the world may rejoice and give you praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

after Lancelot Andrewes (1626)

or a suitable hymn,

or A Song of God’s Blessing

1God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,

2That your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.

3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

4O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
for you will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.

5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
and God, our own God, will bless us.

7God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalm 67

AllGlory 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.

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.
AllAmen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 90

Refrain: O Lord my God, in you I take refuge.

1 Lord, you have been our refuge 
from one generation to another.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the earth and the world were formed, 
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn us back to dust and say: 
‘Turn back, O children of earth.’

4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, 
which passes like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away like a dream; 
they fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; 
in the evening it is dried up and withered. R

7 For we consume away in your displeasure; 
we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.

8 You have set our misdeeds before you 
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

9 When you are angry, all our days are gone; 
our years come to an end like a sigh.

10 The days of our life are three score years and ten,
or if our strength endures, even four score; 
yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,
for they soon pass away and we are gone.

11 Who regards the power of your wrath 
and your indignation like those who fear you?

12 So teach us to number our days 
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. R

13 Turn again, O Lord; how long will you delay? 
Have compassion on your servants.

14 Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning; 
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Give us gladness for the days you have afflicted us, 
and for the years in which we have seen adversity.

16 Show your servants your works, 
and let your glory be over their children.

17 May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us; 
prosper our handiwork; O prosper the work of our hands.

Refrain: O Lord my God, in you I take refuge.

Almighty God,
our eternal refuge,
teach us to live with the knowledge of our death
and to rejoice in the promise of your glory,
revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 92

Refrain: You, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord 
and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2 To tell of your love early in the morning 
and of your faithfulness in the night-time,

3 Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, 
and to the melody of the lyre.

4 For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts, 
and I sing aloud at the works of your hands.

5 O Lord, how glorious are your works! 
Your thoughts are very deep. R

6 The senseless do not know, 
nor do fools understand,

7 That though the wicked sprout like grass 
and all the workers of iniquity flourish,

8 It is only to be destroyed for ever; 
but you, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

9 For lo, your enemies, O Lord,
lo, your enemies shall perish, 
and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

10 But my horn you have exalted
like the horns of wild oxen; 
I am anointed with fresh oil.

11 My eyes will look down on my foes; 
my ears shall hear the ruin of the evildoers
who rise up against me. R

12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, 
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.

13 Such as are planted in the house of the Lord 
shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; 
they shall be vigorous and in full leaf;

15 That they may show that the Lord is true; 
he is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Refrain: You, O Lord, shall be exalted for evermore.

Give us the music of your praise, Lord,
morning, noon and night,
that our lives may be fruitful
and our lips confess you as the true and only God.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory 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.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Proverbs 10.1-12

The proverbs of Solomon.


A wise child makes a glad father,
   but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
   but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
   but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand causes poverty,
   but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
A child who gathers in summer is prudent,
   but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
   but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
   but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise of heart will heed commandments,
   but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
   but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.
Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
   but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
   but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife,
   but love covers all offences.

Canticle

A Song of the Covenant, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 44 (page 596), may be said

Refrain:

AllI have given you as a light to the nations,
and I have called you in righteousness. Alleluia.

1Thus says God, who created the heavens,
who fashioned the earth and all that dwells in it;

2Who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it,

3 ‘I am the Lord and I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

4 ‘I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind,

5‘To bring out the captives from the dungeon,
from the prison, those who sit in darkness.

6‘I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other.’

Isaiah 42.5-8a

AllGlory 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.

AllI have given you as a light to the nations,
and I have called you in righteousness. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

Mark 6.1-13

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned.
AllI have called you by name; you are mine.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

from Isaiah 43

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) is normally said,
or Gloria in Excelsis (A Song of God's Glory) (page 635) may be said

Refrain

AllYou promised, O God, to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

4To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

7And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10To 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

AllGlory 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.

Refrain

AllYou promised, O God, to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.

Prayers

Intercessions are offered
for the day and its tasks
for the world and its needs
for the Church and her life

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 362–363

Local government, community leaders
All who provide local services
Those who work with young or elderly people
Schools, colleges and universities
Emergency and rescue organizations

One of the forms of prayer found on pages 362–371 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur 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)

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur 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 Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
AllAmen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
AllThanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.