Listen to or read a short service of Prayer for the Saturday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 23 May 2020
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Psalm 47:1-2, 7-10
Clap your hands together, all you peoples;
O sing to God with shouts of joy.
For the Lord Most High is to be feared;
he is the great King over all the earth.
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with all your skill.
God reigns over the nations;
God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.
The nobles of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For the powers of the earth belong to God
and he is very highly exalted.
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:
‘On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
‘I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.’John 16:23-28 (NRSV)
This is the word of the Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, King of the new creation, come and rule in our hearts and set our minds on the coming of your kingdom.
We pray for the universal Church of Christ, and for all the baptized. May your people know the presence with them of the risen and exalted Christ. May we always be ready to receive your promise of the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, and to make us your witnesses in this world.
We pray for the peoples and nations of the world: that the whole human family may live together in mutual trust and goodwill. Guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom all who bear authority and exercise influence in human affairs: that through them peace, justice and freedom may come to all.
Bless all with whom our lives are connected: our families, our friends and our neighbours. Strengthen us in our daily lives and, through your power, may we be beacons of Christ’s light to all we meet.
Make your healing presence known to the sick, the infirm and the dying. Uphold and strengthen all who endure oppression and injustice, exploitation, prejudice and inequality. Give peace to all in distress and anguish.
Take into your keeping and care all who have died; renew their life beyond the grave and bring them into the inheritance of the saints in light.
Accept our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen, ascended and glorified Lord and Saviour.
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns,
now and for ever.
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.