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 the Word of the Lord from the Book of Isaiah]
Seek the Lord while the Lord may be found;
call out the Name while God is yet near.
Let the wicked forsake their unrighteous ways,
and the unrighteous their wicked thoughts.
Let us return to You that You might have mercy,
to You Who does always forgive.
For Your thoughts are not our thoughts,
and Your ways are not our ways.
As far as the heavens are above the earth,
so are Your ways above our ways,
and Your thoughts above our thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from the sky,
not to return until they water the earth, so it is with Your word.
It will not return to You empty,
without accomplishing its purpose,
the things for which You have sent it. [A]
50. The God of Gods has spoken.
You have called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
You reveal Your glory from out of Your City, perfect in its beauty.
You will come and You will not keep silence.
You will call the heavens and the earth to bear witness to Your judgement.
Let the heavens and the earth declare the righteousness of Your cause. [A]
Let us gather before You those who are loyal to the covenant You have made,
You are our God and You will bear witness against us.
You do not accuse us because of the offerings that are always before You.
We shall offer our sacrifice and thanksgiving and make good our vows.
We shall call upon You in the day of our trouble,
You will deliver us and we will honor You. [A]
Why do we take Your covenant and ignore Your words?
We refuse discipline, loose our lips for evil, and harness our tongues to a lie.
We speak evil against our brothers and sisters.
These things have we done and You kept still
and we thought that You were like us.
You have made Your accusation and put Your case before us.
We should consider it well, we who forget You,
lest there be no one to deliver us.
Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors You;
But to those who keep Your ways will You show Your salvation. [A]
51. Have mercy upon us, O God, have mercy.
According to Your loving kindness and compassion, blot out our offenses.
Wash us from wickedness and cleanse us from our sin.
For well we know our transgressions, and our sins are ever before us.
Against You have we sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.
You are justified when you speak against us, and upright in Your judgments.
For we have been wicked since the beginning, sinners from the very start.
Purge us from our sin and we shall be pure, wash us and we will be clean.
Hide Your face from our sins and blot out our iniquities. [A]
Look for the truth within us, and make us to understand Your wisdom.
Make us to hear of joy and gladness;
So that the body You have broken may rejoice.
Create in us a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us.
Grant us the joy of Your saving help again, and sustain us with Your Spirit.
We shall teach Your ways to others, that sinners might return to You.
Deliver us, and we shall sing of Your righteousness;
Open our lips and we shall proclaim Your praise.
For the sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;
And a broken and contrite heart, You do not despise. [A]
Consider whether there is darkness or light in you.
Your own eye is the lamp of your body.
If it is healthy, then you are full of light.
But if it is not, then you are filled with darkness.
It is in the light
that light truly exists.
If you are whole,
then you will be filled with light.
But if your heart is divided,
then you will be filled with darkness.
If the only light that you have within is darkness,
then your darkness is doubly dark.
And those who travel in darkness
cannot see where they are going.
You are to be the light of the world
and to set an example for all the world to see
so that others might see the good that you do
and give glory to the One Who made us.
This is the way of the kingdom–
The Light has come into the world
but even yet some prefer the darkness.
Those who are honest will come to the light,
so that everyone can see that God is in all that they do.
Within a person of light, there is light.
And it will shine on the whole world.
If there is no light that shines from within,
then there is only darkness.
If you have eyes, then see, I tell you:
And consider whether there is darkness or light
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.]