God said: “Let there be light”; and there was light,
And God saw that the light was good.
This very day the Lord has acted.
May God’s Name be praised.
Venite [Psalm 95]
Come, let us raise a joyful song,
a shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
singing songs of triumph.
For You are a great God, a great king over all gods.
The depths of the earth are in Your hands; mountains belong to You.
The sea is Yours, for You made it;
and the dry land Your hands fashioned.
Let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the One who made us.
For You are our God, and we are the flock that You shepherd.
We will know Your power and presence this day,
if we will but listen for Your voice.
Collect of the Season [A Collect for Eastertide]
Through Your Divine Son,
You overcame death and offer to us the gift of life that knows no end:
Grant that we who celebrate this truth with joy,
may be raised from the death of sin to a life of grace…
Collect of the Office [A Collect for Morning Prayer]
Drive far from us all wrong desires,
and incline our hearts to keep Your ways:
Grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day,
we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks;
through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Canticle: Benedictus [Zechariah's Song]
Blessed be God, who has turned to His people and saved us and set us free.
You have raised up for us a strong deliverer, and so You promised:
Age after age You proclaimed by the lips of Your holy prophets,
that You would deliver us, calling to mind Your solemn covenant.
This was the promise that You made: To rescue us and free us from fear,
so that we might worship You with a holy worship,
in Your holy presence our whole life long.
In Your tender compassion, the morning sun has risen upon us –
to shine on us in our darkness, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.
Canticle of the Day [A song of Moses from the Book of Exodus]
We will sing to Your Name,
for You are lofty and uplifted.
You are our strength and our refuge.
You have become our Savior.
You are our God, and we will praise You;
the God of our people and we will exalt You.
Your right hand is glorious in might;
Your right hand has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with You, among all gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
With Your constant love, You led the ones You redeemed;
and with Your might, You brought us to safety.
You will bring us to your holy dwelling, the place You have made for Yourself,
the sanctuary Your hand has established.
And there You shall reign forever and ever. [A]
19. The heavens themselves declare the glory of God.
All the earth shows the work of Your hands.
One day tells its tale to another; one night imparts wisdom to the next.
Though they use no language, and their voices cannot be heard,
The message goes to the ends of the earth, and the sound goes on forever.
In the deep is set a pavilion for the sun; and it comes forth like a bridegroom.
Like a champion it rises to run its course; nothing can hide from its heat. [A]
Your law is perfect; and it revives the soul.
Your testimony is sure; and it gives wisdom to the innocent.
Your statutes are just; and they rejoice the heart.
Your commandments are clear; and they give light to the eyes.
Your judgements are true; and they are righteous altogether.
More to be desired than gold are they; and sweeter far than honey.
By them are Your servants enlightened;
In keeping them, there is great reward. [A]
Who can tell how they offend You? Cleanse us from our secret faults.
Keep us from presumptuous sins; let them not hold dominion over us.
Then we shall be sound and whole and innocent of great offense.
Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts,
be acceptable in Your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. [A]
20. Answer us in the day of trouble; defend us by Your Holy Name.
Send us help and strength from Your holy place.
Remember our offerings and accept our sacrifices.
Grant to us our heart’s desire and prosper all our plans.
Grant us our requests, and may we shout for joy in Your name.
We know that You will give victory to your children.
We know that You will answer from Your holy place.
We will call upon Your Name; we will arise and stand upright.
Give victory to your children, we pray, and answer when we call. [A]
21. Your Chosen One rejoices, how greatly He rejoices.
You have given Him His heart’s desire; and have not denied His requests.
He asked for life and You gave it to Him, forever and forever.
His honor is great; splendor and majesty are bestowed upon Him.
You will give him everlasting bliss, and make Him glad in Your presence.
He trusts in You; because of Your loving kindness, he will not fall.
Be exalted, God, in Your might; and we will sing and praise Your power. [A]
You must be born again.
You too have come from the kingdom
and it is to the kingdom that you will return.
But it will not happen
if you merely sit and watch for it.
The kingdom is made up of those who are as children.
To enter the kingdom,
you must become a child.
Blessed are the ones whose hearts are pure, I tell you;
they are the ones who will see the face of God.
Flesh can only give birth to flesh,
it is spirit that gives birth to spirit, and spirit alone.
The words that I give you are both spirit and life.
This is the way of the kingdom–
Would you patch an old coat with new cloth?
The patch will tear away
and leave a bigger hole than before.
Or would you put new wine into old wineskins?
If you do, then the skins will burst
and the wine will be lost.
New wine must go into new wineskins.
You say to me:
“What must I do to have life that does not end?
How can we find the life of the kingdom?”
Truly, I say to you,
you must be born again.
Prayers of the People
We give You thanks, Almighty God: For all Your gifts
so freely bestowed upon us and all whom You have made:
We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life;
above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the hope of glory and for the means of grace.
We thank You, O Lord.
Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.
Hear us, O Lord.
We offer prayers for all those with whom we share the Journey:
For our loved ones, those who have been given to us,
and to whom we have been given: [n].
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
For those whom we have loved who are now absent from us: [n].
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [n].
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
We entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing love and care,
for this life and the life to come;
knowing that You will do for them
far more than we can desire or pray for.
Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:
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.
Thanks be to God – Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
We go in peace to serve the Lord,
and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with us all.
[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]