Prayer During the Day on Friday
    Friday, 3 July 2020
Thomas the Apostle
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Make me a clean heart, O God,
All
  and renew a right spirit within me.
   
Psalm 51.11
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise, or
     
    Jesus, Saviour of the world,
      come to us in your mercy:
we look to you to save and help us.
     
    By your cross and your life laid down,
      you set your people free:
we look to you to save and help us.
     
    When they were ready to perish, you saved your disciples:
we look to you to come to our help.
     
    In the greatness of your mercy, loose us from our chains,
forgive the sins of all your people.
     
    Make yourself known as our Saviour and mighty deliverer;
save us and help us that we may praise you.
     
    Come now and dwell with us, Lord Christ Jesus:
hear our prayer and be with us always.
     
    And when you come in your glory:
make us to be one with you
      and to share the life of your kingdom.
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, on any Friday Psalm 23
     
    Or, Week 1 Psalm 112
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 23

Refrain: I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

1  The Lord is my shepherd; 
   therefore can I lack nothing.

2  He makes me lie down in green pastures 
   and leads me beside still waters.

3  He shall refresh my soul 
   and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil; 
   for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5  You spread a table before me
      in the presence of those who trouble me; 
   you have anointed my head with oil
      and my cup shall be full.

6  Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me
      all the days of my life, 
   and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Refrain: I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ
from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence
and your angels of goodness and love,
that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 112

Refrain: The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

1  Alleluia.
      Blessed are those who fear the Lord 
   and have great delight in his commandments.

2  Their descendants will be mighty in the land, 
   a generation of the faithful that will be blest.

3  Wealth and riches will be in their house, 
   and their righteousness endures for ever.

4  Light shines in the darkness for the upright; 
   gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.

5  It goes well with those who are generous in lending 
   and order their affairs with justice,

6  For they will never be shaken; 
   the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

7  They will not be afraid of any evil tidings; 
   their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8  Their heart is sustained and will not fear, 
   until they see the downfall of their foes.

9  They have given freely to the poor;
      their righteousness stands fast for ever; 
   their head will be exalted with honour.

10  The wicked shall see it and be angry;
      they shall gnash their teeth in despair; 
   the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Refrain: The righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.

Generous God,
save us from the meanness
that calculates its interest and hoards its earthly gain;
as we have freely received,
so may we freely give;
in the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.

     
    Each psalm or group of psalms may end with
     
All
  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.
     
   
Short readings
 
     
    Week One
    When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
   
2 Chronicles 7.13,14
     
    Or, on any Friday
    Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.’
   
Luke 6.27b,28
     
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Jesus said, I am the good shepherd.
All
  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
   
John 10.11
     
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    The Queen, members of parliament and the armed forces
    Peace and justice in the world
    Those who work for reconciliation
    All whose lives are devastated by war and civil strife
    Prisoners, refugees and homeless people
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for us.
Most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
All
  Amen.
   
After Richard of Chichester (1253)
     
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
      to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
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.
     
    (Either)
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
     
All
  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)
     
    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
 
     
    May Christ our Saviour give us peace.
All
  Amen.