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Versicle

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 Pentecost]

You opened Your Way to every race and to every nation,
by the promised gift of Your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this power throughout the world, by the preaching of the Gospel,
that it may reach to the ends of the earth...

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.
Amen

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 [The Third song of Isaiah]

Arise, shine, for our light has come,
and the glory of God has dawned upon us.

Behold, darkness covers the land, and deep gloom enshrouds all people.
But over us the Lord will rise, and glory will appear upon us.
Nations will stream to the light, and kings to the brightness of the dawning.
Our gates will always be open, by day or by night they will never be shut.
Violence will no more be heard in our land,
nor ruin or destruction within our borders.
We shall call our walls Salvation, and our portals Praise.
The sun will no more be our light by day
by night we will not need the brightness of the moon.
The Lord will be our everlasting light,
and our God will be our glory. [A]

Psalter

68. Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before You.

We sing praises to You, to exalt the One Who rides upon the heavens.
We call out Your Name, and will be merry and joyful before You.
You give the solitary a home, and bring prisoners to freedom.
You send the gracious rain upon Your inheritance, refreshing the weary land.
Your people find home in the wilderness;
And in Your goodness You make provision for the poor. [A]

Blessed be Your Name; day by day the God of salvation bears our burdens.
You are our God, the One by Whom we escape death.
Send forth Your strength, establish what You have made for us.
Ride forth in Your ancient heavens, and send forth Your mighty voice.
We sing our praise to You; we ascribe to You all power and majesty.
How wonderful are all Your holy places; Your strength is in the skies.
Blessed be Your Name! Blessed be Your Name! [A]

Gospel

Love one another as I have loved you.

Do not be proud of yourselves simply because
you have seen the Light that illumines all,
but be to each other as I am to you.
Be all goodness as the One Who made us in all goodness.

If you seek only to protect your own life,
then you will lose it.
But if you would lose your own life,
then you will save it indeed.
There is no greater love
than to lay down your life for another.
And if there is such love in you,
then others will know that you are my follower.

This is the way of the kingdom–
If you hold a kernel of wheat in your hand,
then there will be no harvest.
Unless it falls to the ground and dies,
it remains a single seed.
But if the kernel dies,
then there will be a rich harvest.
Is this not the way that it is?

This is what I say to you that you must do:
Love one another as I have loved you.

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.

Amen.

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.

Amen.

Blessing

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.

Amen.


[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]