Prayer During the Day on Thursday
    Thursday, 29 July 2021
Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of our Lord [Lesser Festival]
    O God, make speed to save us.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
    Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
  let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
Psalm 143.10
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise, or
    Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
And such a Life, as killeth death.
    Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a Feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.
    Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in Love.
George Herbert (1633)
The Word of God
    Either, on any Thursday Psalm 133
    Or, Week 1 Psalm 81
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.

Psalm 133

Refrain: Mercy and truth are met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

1  Behold how good and pleasant it is 
   to dwell together in unity.

2  It is like the precious oil upon the head, 
   running down upon the beard,

3  Even on Aaron’s beard, 
   running down upon the collar of his clothing.

4  It is like the dew of Hermon 
   running down upon the hills of Zion.

5  For there the Lord has promised his blessing: 
   even life for evermore.

Refrain: Mercy and truth are met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Grant to your people, good Lord,
the spirit of unity,
that they may dwell together in your love,
and so bear to the world
the ointment of your healing and the
dew of your blessing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Psalm 81

Refrain: O come, let us sing to the Lord.

1  Sing merrily to God our strength, 
   shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

2  Take up the song and sound the timbrel, 
   the tuneful lyre with the harp.

3  Blow the trumpet at the new moon, 
   as at the full moon, upon our solemn feast day.

4  For this is a statute for Israel, 
   a law of the God of Jacob,

5  The charge he laid on the people of Joseph, 
   when they came out of the land of Egypt.

6  I heard a voice I did not know, that said: 
   ‘I eased their shoulder from the burden;
      their hands were set free from bearing the load.

7  ‘You called upon me in trouble and I delivered you; 
   I answered you from the secret place of thunder
      and proved you at the waters of Meribah.

8  ‘Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: 
   O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

9  ‘There shall be no strange god among you; 
   you shall not worship a foreign god.

10  ‘I am the Lord your God,
      who brought you up from the land of Egypt; 
   open your mouth wide and I shall fill it.’

11  But my people would not hear my voice 
   and Israel would not obey me.

12  So I sent them away in the stubbornness of their hearts, 
   and let them walk after their own counsels.

13  O that my people would listen to me, 
   that Israel would walk in my ways!

14  Then I should soon put down their enemies 
   and turn my hand against their adversaries.

15  Those who hate the Lord would be humbled before him, 
   and their punishment would last for ever.

16  But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat 
   and with honey from the rock would I satisfy them.

Refrain: O come, let us sing to the Lord.

Father of mercy,
keep us joyful in your salvation
and faithful to your covenant;
and, as we journey to your kingdom,
ever feed us with the bread of life,
your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

    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 One
    If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted towards your needy neighbour.You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbour in your land.’
Deuteronomy 15.7,8,10,11
    Or, on any Thursday
    Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
1 Corinthians 12.12,13a
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
    Jesus said, I am the gate for the sheep.
  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10.7,10b
    Prayers may include these concerns:
    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
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
    Either, the following prayer is said
    O gracious and holy Father,
    give us wisdom to perceive you,
    diligence to seek you,
    patience to wait for you,
    eyes to behold you,
    a heart to meditate upon you,
    and a life to proclaim you,
    through the power of the Spirit
    of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Benedict of Nursia (c.550)
    Or, 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.
    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 kindle in us the fire of love.