Worship for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Worship for the Seventh Sunday of Easter


# Prayer Resource
Published by Jon Cooper on Sunday, 17 May 2020 01:00

This is a form of prayer you might find helpful to use on Sunday Morning, perhaps at the time you would usually be in Church.  Remember that others in their own homes will be joining with you.  If a household are praying together one person may act as leader and the others join in the sections in bold type. If you're on your own, read all these words aloud. The lines in red type are to help guide you. 

Opening Words

Before you begin you may wish to light a candle, make sure you are sitting comfortably and take a few deep breaths to still yourself. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!   
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Take a moment to reflect on your life and our need of God's compassion and mercy.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection. 
In your mercy, forgive us. 
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing. 
In your mercy, forgive us. 
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven. 
In your mercy, forgive us. 
Lord, hear us and help us.

May the God of love bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Collect

You might like to pause for a moment and consider if there is one thing in particular for which you would to pray, or for which you would like to give thanks, and offer it to God.

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings

Psalm 68.1-10

Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered;
let those that hate him flee before him.
As the smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away;
as wax melts at the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
let them make merry with gladness.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
exalt him who rides on the clouds.

The Lord is his name; rejoice before him.
Father of the fatherless, defender of widows,
God in his holy habitation!
God gives the solitary a home
and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome,
but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert. 

O God, when you went forth before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,
The earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain,
at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

You sent down a gracious rain, O God;
you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.
Your people came to dwell there;
in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.

The Gospel according to St John 17.1-11

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ!

Reflection

Prayer

Spend a few moments praying for the people you know and love, the needs of the world and for an end to the current Pandemic.

You may like to pray:

On this Seventh Sunday of Easter

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen. 

For those in need

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. 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. Amen.

For the earth

We offer thankful hearts for easy access to safe drinking water, sufficient to meet our needs. We remember those who lack clean water supplies, and those who walk for miles to fetch water for their families. Bless the work of the engineers and development agencies who seek to make a difference. Amen. 

From our Prayer Cycle this week

pray for all caring for all involved with the school communities at Cragside Primary School, Benton Park Primary School, Trinity School, Jesmond Park Academy and St Mary's High School, for pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors, especially as they prepare to open classes to more students in the coming weeks. 

For the sick

Jacqueline Pearson, The Philips family, Charlene, Jones, Barbara Field, Elisha, Esther Beswick, Dr Sangeetha, Dr Anita, Geoson, Dr Gupta, Eric Wright, Alan Trotter, Wilma Doig, Doreen Richardson, Maureen Harper and Dorothy Graham.

For those who have died recently

David Bowers, Poornima Nair, Audrey Lishman and Colin Jackson

For those whose year's mind is this week 

Norman Brown, Ruth Handford, Arnold Robertson, Connie Rollo, Muriel Jobson, Lillie Tucker and Edward Douglas

The Lord's Prayer

You might like to end your prayers with the Lord's Prayer  

The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.   
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Wishing you peace and all good in this Eastertide!