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 PREPARATION 

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O Lord, open our lips.

All        and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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Reveal among us the light of your presence  

All        that we may behold your power and glory.

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Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all,

to you be glory and praise for ever.

You founded the earth in the beginning

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

In the fullness of time you made us in your image,

and you have spoken to us through your Son Jesus Christ, 

the Word made flesh.

As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us

let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,

your Spirit ever renew our lives

and your praises ever be on our lips.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All        Blessed be God for ever.

PSALM 95

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

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Silence is kept

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As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

All        Amen.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM

Psalm refrain is read...

Refrain for Psalm 31:

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

 

Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,

when scorn and shame besiege us

and hope is veiled in grief,

hold us in your wounded hands

and make your face shine on us again,

for you are our Lord and God. Amen

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

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            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.

BIBLE  READING

Luke 24.13-35

 

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognising him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

 

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

All        Forsake me not, O Lord;

             be not far from me, O my God.

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Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

All        Be not far from me, O my God.

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Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All        Forsake me not, O Lord;

             be not far from me, O my God.

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from Psalm 38

 

BIBLE REFLECTION

by Steven Croft

 

'... he walked ahead as if he were going on' (v.28)

 

Where do we first meet the risen Christ on Easter Day according to Luke? On the Emmaus road with two disciples who are going in the wrong direction. Cleopas and his companion are shattered and broken: in retreat if not running away. How does Jesus deal with  them? With great gentleness. 

First, the risen Christ falls into step with them and 'listens and asks questions. Then he offers a new understanding from the scriptures. Then, most wonderful of all, Jesus creates some space  for them to respond. Nothing is forced or unwelcome here.  

 

The comforting stranger makes as though to go on. Think about this. Jesus' day's work is not yet done. Space has been created to give the disciples room to be the ones who invite him in: 'Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over'.

 

There is a Lukan irony here. This is the day of resurrection and it will never come to an end.

 

 So Jesus enters the house at Emmaus and takes bread, gives thanks and breaks it. Only now are their eyes opened and they recognise  him in the interpretation of the scriptures, in the fellowship   and in the breaking of the bread. Invite the risen Christ into everything you will do today.

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word.

May it be a lantern to our feet, a light upon our paths, 

and a strength to our lives.

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, 

who has come to his people and set them free.

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He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 

born of the house of his servant David.

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Through his holy prophets God promised of old 

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,

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To show mercy to our ancestors, 

and to remember his holy covenant.

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This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: 

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

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Free to worship him without fear, 

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

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And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, 

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

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To give his people knowledge of salvation 

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

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In the tender compassion of our God 

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

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To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, 

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:68-79

 

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.

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            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts,

by your Holy Spirit you have appointed

various orders of ministry in the Church:

look with mercy on your servants

now called to be deacons and priests;

maintain them in truth and renew them in holiness,

that by word and good example they may faithfully serve you

to the glory of your name and the benefit of your Church;

through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

We thank you, Father, for the varied talents you have given to your children: 

to some the gift of music or painting, 

to others of writing or athletic skills.

Above all we thank you for the greater gifts 

of understanding, sympathy and friendship, 

which can bring help and  happiness to others.

Show each of us what are your special gifts to us, 

and  enable us to use them for the benefit of our family and communities 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Lord, we confess that we ourselves are our own worst enemies.

We know there is too much of self in our lives: 

self-righteousness and self-centredness,  

self-indulgence and self-deception. 

Save us, O Lord, from ourselves.

Save us from being self-righteous and self satisfied: 

from pretending to be other than we really are.

Help us to recognise our faults and admit our mistakes.

Help us to recognise the faults in ourselves that we condemn in others 

and are so quick to excuse in ourselves; 

Make us honest men and women, 

that we may serve you in sincerity and truth

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Lord, you have taught us to trust and not be afraid: 

deliver us from fear of the unknown future,  

as well as fear of the known,

fear of failure and poverty,

fear of sickness and pain, 

fear of bereavement and loneliness,  

fear of old age and fear of death.

Help us, Father, with strong faith and cheerful courage 

to commit ourselves and all the days to come 

into your safe keeping.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Heavenly Father, in this age of noise and speed and restless activity, 

grant us tranquillity: 

the inner tranquillity of spirit which is theirs who trust 

in your sovereign love and wisdom; 

that as the life of the world surges around us, 

we may yet be still and know that you 

always want what I’d good and right for us.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Dear Lord, thank you for one of the greatest of all your many gifts to us 

— a sense of humour.

Teach us to value it  and to use it.

In times of difficulty give us a sense of humour,

and things to laugh about.

Give us the grace to take a joke against ourselves  

and to see the funny side of life.

Save us from annoyance, bad temper,  

or resentfulness against our friends.

Help us to laugh even in the face of trouble; 

and fill our minds with the love of Jesus

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Into your strong hands, our Father, 

we commend this day our souls and bodies, 

our homes and families, our friends and neighbours,  

and all who specially need your help.

Grant to each of us your all-sufficient grace, 

and keep us in peace and safety; 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

We thank you, Lord,

for those whose lives are dedicated to the healing of the sick 

and to the relief of suffering; 

and we ask your blessing upon their work in our hospitals, 

nursing homes and clinics.

We pray also for those engaged in medical research, 

that cures may be found for those diseases and disorders 

at present beyond man's skill and aid. 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Heavenly Father, we remember to our comfort 

that you have in your special care 

all broken, outworn, and imperfect minds.

Give to those who live with them 

the understanding and loving Spirit of Christ; 

enlighten those who are tempted to laugh at such illness 

or regard it with shame; 

and to all who are separated in this life by barriers of mind, 

grant the peace and consolation of your Holy Spirit; 

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the great physician, 

to whom in days of old the sick and suffering 

were brought that you might make them whole: 

let your healing work be done today.

We bring to you those who are sick in body mind or spirit 

Those known to us and those not,

those in our families and communities...

We pray for all those who have asked for our preyers especially remembering today...

Jo and Alastair King

Gay

Marjory

Charlotte, Andrew and Lucy 

Martin, Margaret & Andrew

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for the souls of the dead and those recently bereaved and ask you heavenly Father to send your Holy Spirit upon all who grieve. Give them your comfort in their grief, a light in their darkness and hope for the future.

We now have a moment of silent prayer to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.

Silence

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all in our communities 

especially remembering those who live in... GAYDON & CHADSHUNT

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

All         Merciful Father,

              accept these prayers
              for the sake of your Son,
              our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE COLLECT FOR THE DAY

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

      both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

      and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  

All        Amen.

THE LORDS PRAYER

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Trusting in the compassion of God,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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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

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Let us bless the Lord.

All        Thanks be to God. 

The Dassett Magna Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit:

fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Strengthen your church here in Dassett Magna:

deepen our faith

and pour out your love, through us,

on our communities.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.

Amen.

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