Listen to or read a service of Prayer for Saturday, 30 May 2020, the Saturday after the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
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.
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.
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold,
his eyelids try every mortal being.
The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked,
but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.
Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur;
scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.
For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds,
and those who are upright shall behold his face.
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.
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’
This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.John 21:20-25
This is the word of the Lord.
Let us pray to God who keeps us in eternal life.
We give thanks for the light of the Gospel, entrusted to the Church throughout all ages. Guide all your faithful people to follow their Lord and fulfil his commands.
We pray that the world where Christ the Son of God has walked may be governed with justice and mercy. Grant that the spirit of love may prevail to bring peace in all its conflicts.
May the love of Christ shine in our homes and the places where we work and take our leisure. Uphold and empower all whose work in our community helps to bring healing of body, mind or spirit.
Have mercy on all whose lives are damaged because they have never known the blessing of human love. Restore their sense of dignity and worth. Help them to know that they are loved in Christ who died for them.
We remember those who have tried to follow the light of Christ and have now passed from this world. Grant them their place with all the saints in the eternal love of heaven.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.
Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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 grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts and minds.