Morning Prayer (2) on Sunday 24th January 2021

Choral Matins 24th January 2021
The Third Sunday after The Epiphany

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Good morning…

Beloved in Christ, we come together to offer to Almighty God our worship and praise and thanksgiving, to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness, to hear his holy word proclaimed, to bring before him our needs and the needs of the world, and to pray that in the power of his Spirit we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.

Let us confess our sins to God our Father:

Please sit or kneel
Heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done, and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on you;
pardon and deliver you from all your sins;
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness;
and keep you in eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please remain seated
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Please remain seated
O come let us sing out to the Lord;
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his face with thanksgiving
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his and he made it,
his hands moulded dry land.
Come let us worship and bow down
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is the Lord our God;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Today if only you would hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as you did in the wilderness;
When your forebears tested me,
put me to the proof though they had seen my works.
Forty years long I loathed that generation and said,
It is a people who err in their hearts, for they do not know my ways;
Of whom I swore in my wrath,
they shall not enter my rest.
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.

is written in the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians,
chapter 7, beginning at verse 29
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Please remain seated
PSALM 62: 5-12
Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul;
for in him is my hope.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
In God is my strength and my glory;
God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
Put your trust in him always, my people;
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
The peoples are but a breath, the whole human race a deceit;
on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride;
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same,
that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord,
for you repay everyone according to their deeds.
Please stand
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.

Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ according to St Mark,
chapter 1, beginning at verse 14
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Please stand
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Please sit or kneel
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, save the Queen
and grant her government wisdom.
Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.
O Lord, save your people
and bless those whom you have chosen.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
O God, make clean our hearts within us
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonders of your saving presence:
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Heavenly Father,
in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us
that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,
we may never forget your presence
but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the world we live in; with all its complexities, rivalries and possibilities. With a new leader of the Western world in office, a man who began his Day of Inauguration in prayer, we too pray for better times to come. We pray for those things which will secure the best future for your people: peace, reconciliation, wisdom, kindness and generosity, all things which, through you, are freely available to people of good will. As vaccines are distributed and we begin to plan for life beyond the present pandemic, may we approach the reopening of our societies and economies, under your guidance, so that everyone is uplifted and all may share in the bounty of this world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for the Church throughout the world. We acknowledge your kingship over the Church and Christian people, however or wherever they meet in your name. We pray for your church which is too often side-lined, ignored, even abandoned in the rush of modern times. Grant that we, who are your church, may never lose that link between the Divine and the human, the ancient and the modern, but may bring the age-old but ever-relevant and ever-modern promise of salvation to a world in dire need of your message. Bless the rector and people of this parish of St Peter and St James, we thank you for the enthusiasm, skills and hard work of many devoted to bringing the light of Christ to this part of the city. Today, as we remember the first disciples, who left everything behind to follow Jesus: may we feel that same blast of power and faith, that we too may devote all our lives and actions to serving the Lord; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for those who are struggling with life. The world may change, but the human condition remains constant; in the midst of life, we are in death, illness, want and distress. We pray for those who suffer, those we know, and those whose inner torments may be known only to you. May those who cry out to you feel your presence. May those who abandoned you in the flush of good times and good health find you again in their hour of need. May those at the end of their lives, find comfort in your warm embrace. And may we who profess your name, be ever ready to show your love by helping those in need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto you; and you have promised that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants as may be most expedient for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Christ the Son be manifest to you,
that your lives may be a light to the world:
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.