Prayer During the Day on Sunday
    Sunday, 24 September 2023
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
  Your face, Lord, will I seek.
Psalm 27.10
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
    We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
from Te Deum Laudamus
The Word of God
    Either, on any Sunday Psalm 19
    Or, Week 2 Psalm 34
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.

Psalm 19

Refrain: The commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.

1  The heavens are telling the glory of God 
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2  One day pours out its song to another 
   and one night unfolds knowledge to another.

3  They have neither speech nor language 
   and their voices are not heard,

4  Yet their sound has gone out into all lands 
   and their words to the ends of the world.

5  In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, 
   that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber
      and rejoices as a champion to run his course.

6  It goes forth from the end of the heavens
      and runs to the very end again, 
   and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7  The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; 
   the testimony of the Lord is sure
      and gives wisdom to the simple.

8  The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; 
   the commandment of the Lord is pure
      and gives light to the eyes.

9  The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; 
   the judgements of the Lord are true
      and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,
      more than much fine gold, 
   sweeter also than honey,
      dripping from the honeycomb.

11  By them also is your servant taught 
   and in keeping them there is great reward.

12  Who can tell how often they offend? 
   O cleanse me from my secret faults!

13  Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins
      lest they get dominion over me; 
   so shall I be undefiled,
      and innocent of great offence.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
      be acceptable in your sight, 
   O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Refrain: The commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.

Christ, the sun of righteousness,
rise in our hearts this day,
enfold us in the brightness of your love
and bear us at the last to heaven’s horizon;
for your love’s sake.


Psalm 34

Refrain: O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.

1  I will bless the Lord at all times; 
   his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2  My soul shall glory in the Lord; 
   let the humble hear and be glad.

3  O magnify the Lord with me; 
   let us exalt his name together.

4  I sought the Lord and he answered me 
   and delivered me from all my fears.

5  Look upon him and be radiant 
   and your faces shall not be ashamed.

6  This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me 
   and saved me from all my troubles.

7  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him 
   and delivers them.

8  O taste and see that the Lord is gracious; 
   blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9  Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, 
   for those who fear him lack nothing.

10  Lions may lack and suffer hunger, 
   but those who seek the Lord
      lack nothing that is good.

11  Come, my children, and listen to me; 
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12  Who is there who delights in life 
   and longs for days to enjoy good things?

13  Keep your tongue from evil 
   and your lips from lying words.

14  Turn from evil and do good; 
   seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous 
   and his ears are open to their cry.

16  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, 
   to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17  The righteous cry and the Lord hears them 
   and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted 
   and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the troubles of the righteous; 
   from them all will the Lord deliver them.

20  He keeps all their bones, 
   so that not one of them is broken.

21  But evil shall slay the wicked 
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22  The Lord ransoms the life of his servants 
   and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.

Refrain: O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.

Send your holy angels
to watch over us, O God,
that on our lips will be found your truth
and in our hearts your love;
so we may ever taste your goodness
in the land of the living;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    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.
Short readings
    Week Two
    If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.
2 Corinthians 5.17-19a
    Or, on any Sunday
    Wisdom says, ‘I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.’
Proverbs 8.30,31
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
    Jesus said, I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
  Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever.
John 6.51a
    Prayers may include these concerns:
    The universal Church
    Bishops, synods and all who lead the Church
    The leaders of the nations
    The natural world and the resources of the earth
    All who are in any kind of need
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
    Either, the following prayer is said
    Christ be with me, Christ within me,
    Christ behind me, Christ before me,
    Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
    Christ to comfort and restore me,
    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
    Christ in hearts of all that love me,
    Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
from St Patrick’s Breastplate
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
    O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
      of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
      what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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.
    The Lord’s Prayer is said.
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
  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.
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
  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.
The Conclusion
    May God who made both heaven and earth bless us.