Prayer for Friday 27 March

A short service of prayer for Friday 27 March 2020, prepared by Revd Stephen


O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears.


Merciful Lord, you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 34:15–22

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous
and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry and the Lord hears them
and delivers them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

Many are the troubles of the righteous;
from them all will the Lord deliver them.

He keeps all their bones,
so that not one of them is broken.

But evil shall slay the wicked
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

The Lord ransoms the life of his servants
and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.

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.


John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. 

But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret. 

Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 


In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Give the fullness of your grace to the Church
and bless its witness and its ministry in every place.
Support and strengthen our Bishops and all who are leading us through these challenging times.

Establish peace and righteousness through all the earth;
give to your children in every place
the blessings of justice and freedom,
and wise and compassionate government
that human dignity might be accorded to all
and the whole world sing to the glory of your name.

Bless our life together in this community
and the lives of those around us
that we may faithfully fulfil the ministry and service
which you have entrusted to us.

Give hope to the sick, and restore them to health.
Comfort with your peace all who are anxious and lonely
and all who mourn.

Give rest to those who have departed this life
and who now rest in your nearer presence.
May they be cleansed from worldly sin
and so be made inheritors of your kingdom
through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to seek for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 God bless us and show us compassion and mercy.