Morning Prayer on Thursday
Thursday, 29 July 2021
Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of our Lord [Lesser Festival]

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 37*

Refrain: The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord.

1 Fret not because of evildoers; 
be not jealous of those who do wrong.

2 For they shall soon wither like grass 
and like the green herb fade away.

3 Trust in the Lord and be doing good; 
dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.

4 Let your delight be in the Lord 
and he will give you your heart’s desire.

5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, 
and he will bring it to pass.

6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light 
and your just dealing as the noonday. R

7 Be still before the Lord and wait for him; 
do not fret over those that prosper
as they follow their evil schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; 
do not fret, lest you be moved to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off, 
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.

10 Yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; 
you will search for their place and find them gone.

11 But the lowly shall possess the land 
and shall delight in abundance of peace. R

12 The wicked plot against the righteous 
and gnash at them with their teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at the wicked, 
for he sees that their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, 
to slaughter those who walk in truth.

15 Their sword shall go through their own heart 
and their bows shall be broken.

16 The little that the righteous have 
is better than great riches of the wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, 
but the Lord upholds the righteous. R

18 The Lord knows the days of the godly, 
and their inheritance shall stand for ever.

19 They shall not be put to shame in the perilous time, 
and in days of famine they shall have enough.

20 But the wicked shall perish;
like the glory of the meadows
the enemies of the Lord shall vanish; 
they shall vanish like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, 
but the righteous are generous in giving.

22 For those who are blest by God shall possess the land, 
but those who are cursed by him shall be rooted out. R

23 When your steps are guided by the Lord 
and you delight in his way,

24 Though you stumble, you shall not fall headlong, 
for the Lord holds you fast by the hand.

25 I have been young and now am old, 
yet never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging their bread.

26 All the day long they are generous in lending, 
and their children also shall be blest. R

27 Depart from evil and do good 
and you shall abide for ever.

28 For the Lord loves the thing that is right 
and will not forsake his faithful ones.

29 The unjust shall be destroyed for ever, 
and the offspring of the wicked shall be rooted out.

30 The righteous shall possess the land 
and dwell in it for ever. R

31 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, 
and their tongue speaks the thing that is right.

32 The law of their God is in their heart 
and their footsteps shall not slide.

33 The wicked spy on the righteous 
and seek occasion to slay them.

34 The Lord will not leave them in their hand, 
nor let them be condemned when they are judged. R

35 Wait upon the Lord and keep his way; 
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are uprooted, you shall see it.

36 I myself have seen the wicked in great power 
and flourishing like a tree in full leaf.

37 I went by and lo, they were gone; 
I sought them, but they could nowhere be found.

38 Keep innocence and heed the thing that is right, 
for that will bring you peace at the last. R

39 But the sinners shall perish together, 
and the posterity of the wicked shall be rooted out.

40 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; 
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

41 The Lord shall stand by them and deliver them; 
he shall deliver them from the wicked and shall save them,
because they have put their trust in him.

Refrain: The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord.

Blessed and holy God,
ever merciful and forgiving,
may we turn from what is evil
and do what is good in your sight,
for you have saved us by the cross of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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.

Ezekiel 34.1-16

The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with no one to search or seek for them.

Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, says the Lord God, because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild animals, since there was no shepherd; and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, I am against the shepherds; and I will demand my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, so that they may not be food for them.

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

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.

James 4.1-12

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
‘God opposes the proud,
   but gives grace to the humble.’
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbour?

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:

AllThey were faithful unto death
and God has given them the crown of life. Alleluia.

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:

AllThey were faithful unto death
and God has given them the crown of life. Alleluia.

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

God our Father,
whose Son enjoyed the love of his friends,
      Mary, Martha and Lazarus,
in learning, argument and hospitality:
may we so rejoice in your love
that the world may come to know
      the depths of your wisdom, the wonder of your compassion,
      and your power to bring life out of death;
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our friend and brother,
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.