Sunday Morning Prayer

Order of Service for Morning Prayer on Sunday

This is the general format of Morning Prayer in Ordinary time, from Pentecost to Advent. The flexibility of Common Worship allows for a wide range of prayers, canticles and responses to track the Church of England Lectionary.

 

Welcome

 

O Lord, open our lips

All   and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

1    Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

2    Bless the Lord you heavens:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

3    Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

4    Bless the Lord all people on earth:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

5    O people of God bless the Lord:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

6    Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

7    Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

8    Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:  ♦

bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.

The Song of the Three 35-37, 60-65

 

   All   Bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:  ♦

sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

 

 

This opening prayer is said:

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept.

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

 

All   Amen.

Preparation

Confession

All   Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly,

love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

Absolution

 

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

 

 

The Word of God

 

Psalmody

 

The psalm appointed for the day is said, each psalm ends with

 

All   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.

 

First Scripture Readings

These are usually an Old Testament reading and an Epistle

A Canticle.  There are 87 to chose from in Common Worship Daily Prayer. For example:

 

A song of the New Creation

 

All   I will make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert.

 

1    ‘I am the Lord, your Holy One,  ♦

the Creator of Israel, your King.’

 

2    Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,  ♦

a path in the mighty waters,

 

3    ‘Remember not the former things,  ♦

nor consider the things of old.

 

4    ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing;  ♦

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

 

5    ‘I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert,  ♦

to give drink to my chosen people,

 

6    ‘The people whom I formed for myself,  ♦

that they might declare my praise.’

Isaiah 43.15,16,18,19,20c,21

 

All   I will make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert.

Or

 

A Song of David

All   Splendour and majesty are yours, O God;

you are exalted as head over all.

1    Blessed are you, God of Israel, for ever and ever,  ♦

for yours is the greatness, the power,

the glory, the splendour and the majesty.

2    Everything in heaven and on earth is yours;  ♦

yours is the kingdom, O Lord,

and you are exalted as head over all.

3    Riches and honour come from you  ♦

and you rule over all.

4    In your hand are power and might;  ♦

yours it is to give power and strength to all.

5    And now we give you thanks, our God,  ♦

and praise your glorious name.

6    For all things come from you,  ♦

and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29.10b-13,14b

 

All   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.

 

All   Splendour and majesty are yours, O God;

you are exalted as head over all.

Gospel Reading

Gospel reading for the day  may be followed by a time of silence.

 

A suitable responsory  follows. For example:

 

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All   Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All   And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

You will appear with him in glory.

All   Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,

and Christ shall give you light.

from Colossians 3

 

 

The Benedictus

(The Song of Zechariah)

 

All   You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

born of the house of your servant David.

 

1    Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  ♦

who has come to his people and set them free.

2    He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,  ♦

born of the house of his servant David.

3    Through his holy prophets God promised of old  ♦

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,

4    To show mercy to our ancestors,  ♦

and to remember his holy covenant.

5    This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  ♦

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6    Free to worship him without fear,  ♦

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

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

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

8    To give his people knowledge of salvation  ♦

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9    In the tender compassion of our God  ♦

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10  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

 

All   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.

 

All   You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

born of the house of your servant David.

 

 

Prayers

Intercessions are offered by the community 

¶    for the day and its tasks

¶    for the world and its needs

¶    for the Church and her life

 

These responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

(or)

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

 

The Collect of the day is given here.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

 

All   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

 

Sermon or reflection

The Conclusion

 

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

All   Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

Common Worship: Daily Prayer, material from which is included here,

is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2005 and published by  Church House Publishing.

Note that the creed is omitted from this order of service as an adaptation for internet congregations

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