O Lord, open our lips.

All        and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Reveal among us the light of your presence  

All        that we may behold your power and glory.


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.


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

let us pray with one heart and mind.


Silence is kept


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.




Psalm refrain is read...

Refrain for Psalm 34:

O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.



Send your holy angels

to watch over us, O God,

that on our lips will be found your truth

and in our hearts your love;

so we may ever taste your goodness

in the land of the living;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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


            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.


Luke 23.44-56a


It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, ‘Certainly this man was innocent.’* And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.


Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.


On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.



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.


Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

All        Be not far from me, O my God.


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.



from Psalm 38



by Steven Croft


. (he) laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid' (v.53) 


I hope you will have time to sit in a garden somewhere in the

sunshine over the next few weeks. Take a moment to drink in the beauty of creation. Take a moment then to think of three gardens.


Luke has introduced the garden theme in the words of Jesus to the thief on the cross. The word 'Paradise' meant originally an enclosed garden. The same word is used in the Greek Old   Testament to mean the Garden of Eden. In the New Testament, it is used in two other places as an image of heaven (2 Corinthians 12.4 and Revelation 2.7).


So we have three gardens that tell the story of salvation. First, Eden where everything in creation was good, only to

be ruined by human disobedience. Second, the garden of the resurrection where Jesus' body was laid and the resurrection will be proclaimed. In the Fourth Gospel, Mary mistakes the risen Jesus for the gardener (John 20.15). Third, the garden of Paradise: heaven itself where all has been set right and all manner of things shall be well. 

And then there is a fourth garden: the one where you sit and reflect and wonder and hold together the mystery of salvation and find hope and healing.

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.


He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 

born of the house of his servant David.


Through his holy prophets God promised of old 

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,


To show mercy to our ancestors, 

and to remember his holy covenant.


This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: 

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,


Free to worship him without fear, 

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.


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

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


To give his people knowledge of salvation 

by the forgiveness of all their sins.


In the tender compassion of our God 

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,


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.


            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.



Almighty and everlasting God,

by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,

that in their vocation and ministry

they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

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. Amen



People in need

God of all beauty, 

whose will it is that all your children 

should enjoy the world and the life you have given us: 

we know that many are unable to do this, 

through hunger, poverty, disease, oppression, ignorance, or sin.

Give us hearts of compassion, 

unselfish concern and loving care and action,

that all may have the abundant life which is your will.

Grant to your children in need 

patience and courage under their sufferings, 

with hope and peace in their hearts; 

and grant to us who have enough of this world's goods, 

so to share our substance and use our skills, 

that in our day and age we may see 

no more suffering for want of the necessities of life.


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 




Victims of addiction

Loving Father, who sent your Son to set men free: 

we pray for those who are bound by the chains of addiction 

to drugs, to drink, to gambling, or any other evil. 

Strengthen them by your Holy Spirit, 

that their bonds  being broken, 

they may be restored to fullness of life in Christ; 

and show us the ways by which we may both help those who suffer 

and prevent others from becoming en slaved. 


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 


The aged

Look with mercy, O God our Father, 

on those whose increasing years 

bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. 

Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; 

give them understanding helpers, 

and the willingness to accept help; 

and, as their strength diminishes, 

increase their faith and their assurance of your love.


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 


The underprivileged

Almighty Father, as we pray for the impoverished people of the earth, 

help us to remember that we ourselves are poor in spirit 

when, in our plenty, we leave them in misery and want.

Teach us that there can be no peace in the world without justice, 

and no justice unless we share what we have 

with those who are dying of hunger.

Open our hearts to give as well as to pray, 

and to give generously, 

as we' remember the example of him who gave his all for us, 

Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 


The poor and neglected

Most merciful Father, we remember before you

those whom it would be easy for us to forget: 

the poor and the homeless, 

the old and the friendless, 

and all who have none to care for them. 

Bless those who minister to their needs, 

that they may bring them comfort and hope; 

and show us what we can do, 

as servants of your Son, 

who for our sake became poor,

Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

Victims of violence

We commend to your merciful care, O God, 

those who suffer and those who sorrow 

as a result of acts of terrorism and war.

Heal the injured; comfort the bereaved; console the dying. 

Deliver us from evil, 

and lead us all in the ways of justice  and peace; 


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 



God of all grace, we pray with the psalmist 

that the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners may come before you.

Visit them with your mercy. 

Comfort them in the lonely, dark and bitter hours. 

Set them free in spirit to turn to you 

and find the love that forgives and welcomes us all; 

and so help them to face the future 

with new hope and courage; 


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

The sick

Heavenly Father, all healing is with you. 

We bring to you all those who suffer in body mind or spirit 

and offer our minds in love and tenderness and sincerity.

Grant them healing, if that may be; but above all, 

grant them your peace and joy 

that they may know that you are with them, 

that they are safe, and that nothing can snatch them from your hand 

or finally defeat your purposes.


We bring to you, O loving Saviour, those sufferers

of whom we think and whom we name 


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

Ray and Pauline 

Peter and Isobel 


Sonia and Barry 

Chris and Carol 

Maggie and William 

Robert and Tiny 

Keith & Jo 

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.


Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer


We pray for all in our communities 

especially remembering those who live in... FARNBOROUGH

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.


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.



Trusting in the compassion of God,

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.




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.



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