Prayer During the Day
    Sunday, 28 November 2021
The First Sunday of Advent
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Your words have I hidden within my heart,
  that I should not sin against you.
Psalm 119.11
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or
    Saviour eternal,
life of the world unfailing,
light everlasting
and our true redemption.
    Taking our humanity
in your loving freedom,
you rescued our lost earth
and filled the world with joy.
    By your first advent justify us,
by your second, set us free:
that when the great light dawns
and you come as judge of all,
we may be robed in immortality
and ready, Lord, to follow
in your footsteps blest, wherever they may lead.
Salus Aeterna
The Word of God
    Either, Sunday Psalm 82
    Or, on any day Psalm 80.1-8
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.

Psalm 82

Refrain: Arise, O God, and judge the earth.

1  God has taken his stand in the council of heaven; 
   in the midst of the gods he gives judgement:

2  ‘How long will you judge unjustly 
   and show such favour to the wicked?

3  ‘You were to judge the weak and the orphan; 
   defend the right of the humble and needy;

4  ‘Rescue the weak and the poor; 
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5  ‘They have no knowledge or wisdom;
      they walk on still in darkness: 
   all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6  ‘Therefore I say that though you are gods 
   and all of you children of the Most High,

7  ‘Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals 
   and fall like one of their princes.’

8  Arise, O God and judge the earth, 
   for it is you that shall take all nations for your possession.

Refrain: Arise, O God, and judge the earth.

God our deliverer,
when the foundations are shaken
and justice has departed,
defend the poor and needy
and give your people strength to fight all wrong
in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Psalm 80.1-8

1  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, 
   you that led Joseph like a flock;

2  Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, 
   before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

3  Stir up your mighty strength 
   and come to our salvation.

4  Turn us again, O God; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

5  O Lord God of hosts, 
   how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?

6  You feed them with the bread of tears; 
   you give them abundance of tears to drink.

7  You have made us the derision of our neighbours, 
   and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

8  Turn us again, O God of hosts; 
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Faithful shepherd of your people,
as we look for the light of your countenance,
restore in us the image of your glory
and graft us into the risen life of your Son,
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
    The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
Revelation 22.17,20,21
    Or, on any day in Advent
    Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
Isaiah 40.1
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
  for they will be filled.
Matthew 5.6
    Prayers may include these concerns:
    The Church, that she may be ready for the coming of Christ
    The leaders of the Church
    The nations, that they may be subject to the rule of God
    Those who are working for justice in the world
    The broken, that they may find God’s healing
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
    Either, the following prayer is said
    Keep us, O Lord,
while we tarry on this earth,
in a serious seeking after you,
and in an affectionate walking with you,
every day of our lives;
that when you come,
we may be found not hiding our talent,
nor serving the flesh,
nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished,
but waiting and longing for our Lord,
our glorious God for ever.
Richard Baxter (1691)
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
    Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
      to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him 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 the Lord make us ready for his coming in glory.