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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 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

 

Prayer:

God, our light and our salvation,

illuminate our lives,

that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,

and, looking on your beauty,

may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Refrain for Psalm 30:

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

 

Prayer:

Lord, you hide your face

when we trust in ourselves;

strip us of false security

and re-clothe us in your praise,

that we may know you

as the one who raises us from death,

as you raised your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. 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 23.13-25

Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, ‘You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him.’

 

Then they all shouted out together, ‘Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!’(This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, ‘Crucify, crucify him!’ A third time he said to them, ‘Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.’ But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

 

 

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

Reflection by Steven Croft

 

‘… he handed Jesus over as they wished’ (v.25)

 

The heading in NRSV for this passage is ‘Jesus sentenced to death’. The heading is accurate, but a better one would be: ‘Pilate declares that Jesus is innocent’. This declaration is the real focus of the scene. It is vital to establish Jesus’ innocence at this point in the narrative. He has done nothing worthy of death. We know this already from the Gospel accounts – so well that we take it for granted. But as the early Christians proclaimed the gospel, they would be taunted with the idea that the founder of their faith was executed as a criminal by both Romans and Jews. Three times, therefore, Pilate solemnly proclaims the innocence of Jesus and seeks to set him free. He states it in different words: ‘I … Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death … I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death’. Luke is sympathetic in his portrayal of Roman magistrates. We will meet several more in Acts. Here, Pilate is shown as doing all he can to set Jesus free. In the end, he gives in to the hostile crowd. But there is no doubt whatsoever in the shape of the narrative. An innocent man goes to his death. He offers himself for our sin and the sins of the world.

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

Thanks 

Lord God, we thank you for the gift of life 

and for the faculties which enable us to enjoy it.

You have given us our eyes to see the beauty of your world,

ears to hear speech and the Sound of Music,

our lips with which to speak in friendship to others,

And our hands with which to minister to their needs.

Help us, through the grace of your holy spirit, 

to use all that we have in your service and for your greater glory.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Money and possessions     

 

Lord Jesus, you taught us that our life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions. 

Save us from the sin of covetousness, 

from the love of money, 

from the materialistic spirit of the age. 

Guard us from the wrong use of money:

from selfishness, carelessness, or waste; 

and from that obsessive love of money which is a root of all evils.

 

Enable us to be good stewards of what is entrusted to us; 

to give or spend or save according to your will;  

so that neither poverty nor wealth  may hinder our discipleship, 

harm our neighbours, or destroy our life;

Help us to set our affections on the things of eternal worth,  

the things that money cannot buy; 

that we may lay up  treasure in heaven, 

and may know that even now, in knowing you, 

we possess the true riches.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Writers and broadcasters    

 

Heavenly Father, who through your Son 

warned us that by our words we shall be justified or condemned: 

we pray for writers writers, speakers, journalists and broadcasters 

whose words so powerfully influence the life of the nation.

Help them to recognise in the words they write or speak 

a power for good or for evil, and to use them responsibly 

as those who must give an account; 

May they raise, and not lower, our moral standards, 

and Increase, not diminish, the true welfare of mankind; 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Those who serve the community

 

God our Father, we remember before you with gratitude 

those who in their different capacities serve the community. 

We pray for those who safeguard the public health and minister to the sick; 

those who provide for the welfare of the young 

and care for the elderly and infirm; 

those who work for local charities, 

who care for and lobby for those 

with a multitude of problems and issues.

Assist them in their varied duties, 

and deepen within us all the spirit of loving service; 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Local government 

 

Almighty God, we pray for those who exercise authority in government, 

- local and national.

Grant that they may be upright in character and wise in judgment, 

seeking first and foremost the good of the community, 

not their own advantage; 

direct and strengthen them in all their work;

open their eyes and ears to the needs of those they serve;

give them your wisdom and guidance to work to the benefit of their communities. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer  

 

These whose work is dangerous 

 

Eternal Father, strong to save, 

we pray for those whose work is often dangerous 

and on whom the lives of others so largely depend:

for the members of the armed forces, the police, and the  fire brigades; 

for coastguards and those who' man the lifeboats;  

for the crews of helicopters engaged in rescue service.

Uphold them, O God, in the fulfilment of their duties, 

and protect them in every peril of land and sea and air; 

we ask it In the name of Christ our Lord.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

Unemployment and redundancy

 

Lord Jesus, you said to your disciples, 

"My Father has worked till now, and I work": 

we pray for those who through no fault of their own have 

been deprived of the work that supports them financially 

and leads towards the fulfilment of their lives.

Raise their spirits and help them to find employment 

or to fill their time to their benefit and those around them.

 

Inspire and guide those who bear the responsibility 

of finding the answer to our employment problems.

Open their minds to the truth, 

that they may discern in the events of our time the direction of your will; 

and give them the courage to declare what they believe to be right, 

and the power to carry it through for the benefit of the unemployed and redundant.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Medical & research workers 

 

Lord God, from whose creative power all health and healing flows, 

we thank you for medical knowledge and skill 

and for every advance in the care of those who are ill or injured or in pain.

Give wisdom and guidance 

to those involved in research into the treatment of disease and injury

that they may find medications, vaccines and treatments 

to overcome ill heath in all its forms.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

 

For the sick

 

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people's fear and pain before they spoke of them,
we pray for those who are sick at home or in hospital;
surround the frightened with your tenderness;
give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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

Gloria

Nathaniel 

Joyce and her sister Doreen

Bob

Holly

Sally

John

Phil and Alan

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

The mentally ill    

 

God of all grace, we bring to you in our prayers 

those who are passing through the darkness of mental illness, 

or suffering from deep depression of spirit. 

Give sympathy, patience and gentleness 

to those who minister to their needs 

and to those dear to them who share the strain of their illness; 

and make known your healing love  and power.

Lord, in your mercy

All         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.

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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...

KNIGHTECOTE, TEMPLE HERDEWYKE & KINETON STATION.

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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