Listen to or read a short service of Prayer for Saturday 13 June 2020, the Saturday after Trinity Sunday
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge;
I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,
all my good depends on you.’
All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble in heart.
Though the idols are legion that many run after,
their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
neither make mention of their names upon my lips.
The Lord himself is my portion and my cup;
in your hands alone is my fortune.
My share has fallen in a fair land;
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel,
and in the night watches he instructs my heart.
I have set the Lord always before me;
he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.
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: ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.’Matthew 5.33-37
This is the word of the Lord.
With purity of heart and in love to all his people, let us pray to the Lord.
Guide your Church to walk in the right way, holding faith in Christ alone. Working together for your will, may we be truly of your building.
When so many conflicting voices are heart and burdens of choice are often heavy, lead the peoples of the world into the right way, to follow life and not death, good and not evil.
Inspire us, our families and friends, with the spirit of true love and purity. Take away the hidden anger and the unresolved conflicts that can mar our lives.
Have mercy on those whose anger and resentment holds them back from fullness of life. Help those who are hurt and cannot forgive. Heal the wounds of broken faith in close relationships.
We give thanks for the faith of those who have laboured well in this world and are now at rest. We pray for those who died bitter and unforgiving; grant them pardon and peace.
Submitting to the judgement of the only true Judge and trusting in his mercy, we lay before him this our offering of prayer.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firm in this faith,
that we may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God,
now and for ever.
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.