Prayer During the Day on Wednesday
    Wednesday, 13 June 2018
     
     
      Preparation  
     
    O God, make speed to save us.
All
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
     
    Make me to know your ways, O Lord,
All
  and teach me your paths.
   
Psalm 25.3
     
   
Praise
 
     
    A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise, or
     
    You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
   
from Te Deum Laudamus
     
   
The Word of God
 
     
   
Psalmody
     
    Either, on any Wednesday Psalm 48
     
    Or, Week 3 Psalm 45
     
    Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.
     
   

Psalm 48

Refrain: We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God.

1  Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, 
   in the city of our God.

2  His holy mountain is fair and lifted high, 
   the joy of all the earth.

3  On Mount Zion, the divine dwelling place, 
   stands the city of the great king.

4  In her palaces God has shown himself 
   to be a sure refuge.

5  For behold, the kings of the earth assembled 
   and swept forward together.

6  They saw, and were dumbfounded; 
   dismayed, they fled in terror.

7  Trembling seized them there;
      they writhed like a woman in labour, 
   as when the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.

8  As we had heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city of our God: 
   God has established her for ever.

9  We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God, 
   in the midst of your temple.

10  As with your name, O God,
      so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; 
   your right hand is full of justice.

11  Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of Judah be glad, 
   because of your judgements, O Lord.

12  Walk about Zion and go round about her;
      count all her towers; 
   consider well her bulwarks; pass through her citadels,

13  That you may tell those who come after
      that such is our God for ever and ever. 
   It is he that shall be our guide for evermore.

Refrain: We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God.

Father of lights,
raise us with Christ to your eternal city,
that, with kings and nations,
we may wait in the midst of your temple
and see your glory for ever and ever.

     
    (or)
     
   

Psalm 45

1  My heart is astir with gracious words; 
   as I make my song for the king,
      my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2  You are the fairest of men; 
   full of grace are your lips,
      for God has blest you for ever.

3  Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one; 
   gird on your majesty and glory.

4  Ride on and prosper in the cause of truth 
   and for the sake of humility and righteousness.

5  Your right hand will teach you terrible things; 
   your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies,
      so that peoples fall beneath you.

6  Your throne is God’s throne, for ever; 
   the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.

7  You love righteousness and hate iniquity; 
   therefore God, your God, has anointed you
      with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

8  All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia; 
   from ivory palaces the music of strings makes you glad.

9  Kings’ daughters are among your honourable women; 
   at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

10  Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear; 
   forget your own people and your father’s house.

11  So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty; 
   he is your lord, so do him honour.

12  The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts; 
   the richest of the people shall seek your favour.

13  The king’s daughter is all glorious within; 
   her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold.

14  She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework; 
   after her the virgins that are her companions.

15  With joy and gladness shall they be brought 
   and enter into the palace of the king.

16  ‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons, 
   whom you shall make princes over all the land.

17  ‘I will make your name to be remembered through all generations; 
   therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’

     
    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 Three
    Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’
   
Matthew 9.35-end
     
    Or, on any Wednesday
    The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
   
Habakkuk 2.14
     
     
   
Response
 
     
    Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as
     
    Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
All
  No one comes to the Father except through me.
   
John 14.6
   
Prayers
 
     
    Prayers may include these concerns:
     
    The social services
    All who work in the criminal justice system
    Victims and perpetrators of crime
    The work of aid agencies throughout the world
    Those living in poverty or under oppression
     
    A form of intercession found here may be used.
     
    Either, the following prayer is said
     
    O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart;
that so desiring, we may seek and find you;
and so finding, may love you;
and so loving, may hate those sins from which
      you have delivered us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All
  Amen.
   
Anselm (1109)
     
     
    Or, the Collect of the day is said
     
    Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake,
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 God grant to the world justice, truth and peace.
All
  Amen.