Listen to or read a short service of Prayer for the Tuesday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 19 May 2020
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods will I sing praise to you.
I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,
because of your love and faithfulness;
for you have glorified your name and your word above all things.
In the day that I called to you, you answered me;
you put new strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
that great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly;
as for the proud, he regards them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will preserve me;
you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand will save me.
The Lord shall make good his purpose for me;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
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.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.’John 15:5-11 (NRSV)
This is the word of the Lord.
During this Rogationtide, let us pray in confidence to God who gives us power to pray.
Strengthen your Church to be constant in prayer, offering the acceptable worship to which we are called. Unite all Christian people in the fellowship of prayer, knowing that what we ask in the name of Christ will be answered in the way that fulfils your divine purpose.
Hear the prayers that are sincerely offered across the world, supplying in grace what is lacking through human ignorance. Grant a wiser use of the resources of your creation and bless those who work for their improvement.
Bless us in our prayers, to ask those things which are right for us and for those we love. Help us to worship you in our families and in the company of all who are close to us in faith and love.
Have mercy on all who in despair and bitterness have lost their faith and ceased to pray. Create again in them the love that they once had, and in their weakness restore to them the joy of your saving power.
We give thanks for the departed who knew you through prayer in this world and are now at rest. Unite our prayers with those that they offer in the greater light of your presence, that the whole Church, seen and unseen, may be one.
As Christ taught us to pray, we offer our prayers in his name.
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns,
now and for ever.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
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.
May the risen Christ give us his peace.