Praying Together @St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel

during Advent

see a printable version of this prayer sheet here

O Lord, open our lips

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Reveal among us the light of your presence

That we may behold your power and glory.

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Almighty God,

Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

And to put on the armour of light,

Now in the time of this mortal life,

In which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

That on the last day,

When he shall come again in his glorious majesty

To judge the living and the dead,

We may rise to the life immortal;

Through him who is alive and reigns with you,

In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Hearing and responding to the Word of God

Bible readings can be found on the church website https://stlukesholmeschapel.uk or Facebook page.  Read them out loud then finish with this response:

This is the word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God

Canticles

 The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice,

The desert shall blossom and burst into song

 

They shall see the glory of the Lord,

The majesty of our God.

 

Strengthen the weary hands,

And make firm the feeble knees.

 

Say to the anxious ‘Be strong, fear not,

Your God is coming with judgement,

Coming with judgement to save you’.

 

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened,

And the ears of the deaf unstopped;

 

Then shall the lame leap like a hart,

And the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.

 

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,

And streams in the desert;

 

The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing,

With everlasting joy upon their heads.

 

Joy and gladness shall be theirs,

And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.                           Isaiah 35:1-10 selection

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Now is the time to awake out of sleep,

For the night is far spent and the day is at hand.

 

Now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed,

For the night is far spent.

 

Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness

And put on the armour of light,

For the day is at hand.

 

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ,

And make no provision for the flesh,

For the night is far spent and the day is at hand.                     From Romans 13

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Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

Who has come to his people and set them free

 

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

Born of the house of his servant David.

 

Through his holy prophets God promised of old

to save us from our enemies, and from the hands of all that hate us.

 

To show mercy to our ancestors,

And to remember his holy covenant.

 

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham

To set us free from the hands of our enemies,

 

Free to worship him without fear,

Holy and righteous in his sight, all the days of our life

 

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

 

To give his people knowledge of salvation

By the forgiveness of all their sins.

 

In the tender compassion of our God

The dawn from on high shall break upon us,

 

To shine on those who dwell in darkness

And the shadow of death,

And to guide our feet into the way of peace.                             Luke 1:68-79

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‘Behold, I am coming soon’, says the Lord,

‘and bringing my reward with me,

To give to everyone according to their deeds.’

 

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,

The beginning and the end.’

 

Blessed are those who do God’s commandments,

That they may have the right to the tree of life,

And may enter into the city through the gates.

 

‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you,

With this testimony for all the churches.

 

‘I am the root and the offspring of David,

I am the bright morning star.’

 

‘Come!’ say the Spirit and the Bride;

Let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.                            Revelation 22v12ff

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Intercessions

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger;
order us in all our doings

and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Let us pray to the Lord,
who is our refuge and stronghold.

For the health and well-being of our nation,
that all who are fearful and anxious
may be at peace and free from worry:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For the isolated and housebound,
the vulnerable and the helpless,
the mistreated and the hurt:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For our homes and families,
our schools and young people, health workers and carers,
and all who are in need or distress:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our local community,
that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,
where all are known and cared for:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

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Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.  Amen.

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May the Lord, when he comes,

Find us watching and waiting.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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see a printable version of this prayer sheet here