Prayer for Friday 3 April


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

My trust is in you, O Lord.
I have said, ‘You are my God.’


Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 18:1-6

I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.

I cried to the Lord in my anguish 
and I was saved from my enemies.

The cords of death entwined me 
and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the Pit fastened about me
and the snares of death entangled me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord 
and cried out to my God for help.

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 Jews took up stones again to stone Jesus.  He replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father.  For which of these are you going to stone me?’  The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods”?  If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods” – and the scripture cannot be annulled – can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”?  If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me.  But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand* that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’  Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands. 

He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there.  Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’  And many believed in him there. 

John 10:31–42 (NRSV)


Strengthen your Church, O Lord, in the desire for true fellowship.  Make us one in heart and mind, so that we may share the riches of your grace with all.

Make all the world hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and turn from the ways of evil.  Give strength to those who work for a fairer sharing of the wonders of your creation.

Enfold our homes in the love of Christ.  Let nothing undermine our care for one another.

Have mercy on all who are in need: the lonely and the isolated; the hungry and the homeless; the sick in body, mind or spirit.  May those who suffer and those who care for them know the light and joy of your salvation in their lives.

Abide with those whose days on earth are spent and who now rest in Christ.  Grant to all who have walked with him the fullness of his nearer presence.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits that you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults that you have borne for us.
Most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. 

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 Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.