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Prayer for Thursday 6 January 2022

Listen to a service of Prayer for 6 January 2022 (the Thursday after Epiphany Sunday)


O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Creator of the heavens, 
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ-child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey’s end
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 72.1, 17-19

Give the king your judgements, O God,
and your righteousness to the son of a king.

May his name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures;
may all nations be blest in him and call him blessed.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonderful things.

And blessed be his glorious name for ever.
May all the earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.

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.

Luke 4.14-22

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’


Last year’s reflection on this reading is available here:

Prayers of intercession

In the power of the Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.

Enrich the Church by the gift of the Spirit, to prophesy and interpret the abiding words of the holy Scriptures. Bless her ministers and all who preach the faith; grant them wisdom and power in their work.

Give grace to all who are in positions of authority to lead public opinion. Grant that those who hear shall discern between the true and the false, for the peace of the nations and goodwill among all people.

Help us to hear and to follow the word of God and to share it with all whose lives touch our own. Bless and direct the teachers and all who give instruction in our community.

Grant release to those who are held captive by human tyranny or by the tyranny of sin. Restore sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed, and make the good news known to the poor.

We give thanks for the souls who have received the freedom and the perfect sight of the faithful departed. Help us so to follow in the way of revelation that we at the last may enter into eternal life.

We offer our prayers through Christ, in whom the Scriptures are fulfilled.

Prayer for the week

Almighty God,
who by the light of a star 
led wise men to Jesus:
by the light of your Word 
lead us and all nations to him,
the Saviour of the world;
that together we may bring him our best gifts,
and pay homage to him as our King.

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. Amen.

The Grace

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.


Will you let the blinded see
if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean
in you and you in me?

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958)