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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 150:

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

 

Prayer:

God of life and love,

whose Son was victorious over sin and death,

make us alive with his life,

that the whole world may resound with your praise;

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

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            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.

BIBLE  READING

1 John 3.1-3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he* is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

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

 

 . . . when he is revealed, we will be like him' (v.2)

 

On the Mount of Transfiguration, a veil is drawn back. Peter,  James and John see something of the glory of Jesus Christ. Jesus  undergoes a transformation: the word in Greek is metamorphosis: extreme change — the word we used for a caterpillar transformed into a butterfly. Jesus' clothes become dazzling white; Moses and Elijah appear; a cloud overshadows them and there is a voice from the cloud: 'This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!' (Mark 9.2-7).

The transfiguration, the resurrection, the ascension all change our view of Jesus. We understand enough to know that we do not yet see or understand fully the depth of love and glory we find in the Son of God. One day we will both see and understand.

 

But we see enough now to know that our view of ourselves must change also. For we too will one day be transfigured and transformed. We do know that we will be like him because we will see him as he is. Jesus becomes Son of Man so that we might be transformed into the children of God. 

 

We see enough now also for something else to change: our view of those around us. For they too are loved by God and are given the dignity of the children of God. We do not yet know what they will be either in the purposes of God. See people differently 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

 

Risen and ascended Lord, you live for ever to intercede for us. 

Graciously assist us as we now join in intercession for others and ourselves. 

Deepen our understanding of your great love for them and for us; 

deliver us from self-concern; 

and make us  channels of your grace to those for whom we pray, 

Open our eyes to the beauty of your holiness; 

open our ears to the message of your word; 

open our minds to the challenge of your truth; 

open our hearts to the power of your love. 

Open our lives to the coming of your Spirit, 

that we may truly worship you, now and forever.

Lord in your mercy,

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray ‘Our Father’

We remember before you 

fathers, mothers and children across the world.

Help us to fulfil your commandment to ‘honour thy father and mother

May parents show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, 

goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, 

forgiveness, wisdom and self-control. 

  • We pray for children and adults who are without human fathers, mothers or families.

  • We pray for families who are separated. 

  • We pray for those whose experience of father or mother is or was abusive or painful.

May all people come to know you as their loving Father.

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray ‘thy kingdom come

We remember before you 

the many in our world for whom discontent,

oppression and fear are their daily trial.

Help us to fulfil your commandment to ‘Love thy neighbour

and amid the busyness, tension and unrest of this world, 

to confront one another with love and compassion 

instead of indifference, hatred or bitterness, 

to recognise and celebrate our differences 

and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect, 

care and compassion.

for the causes of dignity, justice, truth and peace.

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray 'give us this day our daily bread!

We remember before you:

the many in our world for whom daily bread means daily Struggle, 

and far too often a vain struggle; 

our brothers and sisters who are stricken by famine and shortages, 

and oversupplied with despair.

Guide and inspire us to share the bounty of the fruitful earth 

so that compassion becomes the key, and life the hope.*

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray 'forgive us our trespasses!

We remember before you:

the many in our world beset by a sense of paralysing guilt;    

those driven by forces within themselves 

over which they have little control; 

those nursing ancient sins long forgiven by those they once hurt, 

and by you.

Release and uplift them 

so that they know the offer of freedom and a life renewed 

that lies at the heart of the gospel.

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray ‘as we forgive those who trespass against us

We remember before you 

all those who have been wronged,

and the pain and anger they feel.

Relive them from the bondage of bitterness. 

As you open the way for us to seek forgiveness 

for our own mistakes and sins

may we learn to do the same for others.

Give us the strength to soften our hearts 

that we may learn to forgive as you forgive us.

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray 'deliver us from evil!

We remember before you:

the many in our world beset by evils 

of unjust, withering and wasteful conflict, 

of oppression from compassionless leaders, 

of rejection by the prejudices of communities and wider society

Redeem and revive your fallen world 

so that outcasts know themselves included in the feast of heaven, 

and peace and right-purpose is pursued by leaders and trend-setters.*

Lord in your mercy, 

All        Hear our prayer

 

 

God of all grace and compassion, 

we bring to you in our prayers 

those who are ill in body mind or spirit.

Be close to those who are ill, 

in pain, in isolation, afraid.

And who are passing through the darkness of mental illness. 

In their pain be their comfort;

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

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

Glenis and John 

Bara 

Heather 

George 

Ann 

Ray 

Daniel 

Aleck and Gwen 

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

Lord, may nothing separate us from you today. 

Teach us how to choose only your way today 

so each step will lead us closer to you. 

Help us walk by your Word and not our feelings.

Help us to keep our hearts pure and undivided. 

Protect us from our own careless thoughts, words, and actions. 

And keep us from being distracted by OUR wants, OUR desires, OUR thoughts on how things should be.

"Great is your love toward me." 

Help us to recognise your love for us is not based on our performance. You love us warts and all. 

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

Father in heaven,

whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured

before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,

and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:

give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross

that in the world to come we may see him as he is;

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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