Listen to or read a short service of Prayer for Tuesday 2 June 2020, the Tuesday after the Day of Pentecost.
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
O Lord, from whom all good things come:
grant to us your humble servants,
that by your holy inspiration
we may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 90:1-4, 10, 14, 16
Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the earth and the world were formed,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust and say:
‘Turn back, O children of earth.’
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday,
which passes like a watch in the night.
The days of our life are three score years and ten,
or if our strength endures, even four score;
yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,
for they soon pass away and we are gone.
Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Show your servants your works,
and let your glory be over their children.
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.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders sent to Jesus some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?’
But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.’ And they brought one.
Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’
Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’
And they were utterly amazed at him.Mark 12.13-17
This is the word of the Lord.
For peace and harmony in the Church and in the world let us pray to the Lord.
Grant that the Church shall always bear witness to God as supreme, rendering the honour and worship that are his due. May all Christian people show forth their faith by their words and by their deeds.
We pray for justice and honest dealing between nations and between individuals. Give to those in authority the wisdom to know the limits of their power and to demand no more than is right.
Bless us, our families, neighbours and friends, with obedience in all things lawful and courage to resist injustice. Bless those who manage the finances of this community and give them right judgement in all their decisions.
Have mercy on all who bear heavy burdens of taxation for the benefit of the few and not for the common good. Guide and strengthen those whose Christian allegiance is divided and uncertain, and keep them in the way of truth.
We give thanks for the departed who have rendered their duty in this world and gone to their rest. Give them peace in the realm where nothing can challenge their whole loyalty to their God and Saviour.
May Christ guide us in all our decisions and accept our prayers which we offer in his name.
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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. Amen.
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.