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 Humility from the Book of Hosea]
Come, let us return to the Lord;
Come, let us return to God.
You have struck us, but You will heal us.
You have wounded us, but You will bind our wounds.
You will revive us after two days,
and on the third day You will raise us up,
that we may live in Your presence.
Let us press on to know You,
Whose coming is as sure as the sun,
and as certain as showers of spring.
Our love in return is like morning mist,
like the dew that fades away.
You have shaped us by the words of the prophets,
Your judgement goes forth as clearly as light.
Our steadfast love is what You desire of us, not just our sacrifice;
our knowledge of You,
and not just our offerings. [A]
71. In You have we taken refuge; let us never be ashamed.
In Your righteousness, set us free; incline Your ear to us and save us.
Be our strong rock, and a castle to keep us safe.
For You are our hope, our confidence since we were young.
We have been sustained by You since our birth; our song is always of You.
Let our mouths be full of Your praise and Your glory all the day long. [A]
Do not cast us off in our old age; forsake us not when our strength fails.
Be not far from us, we pray; come quickly to help us.
We shall aways wait in patience, and we shall praise You more and more.
We shall recount Your saving acts though we do not know them all.
We shall recall your mighty works and Your righteousness, and Yours alone.
You have taught us since we were young, and to this day we speak of You.
Now that we are old, do not forsake us,
Until we tell your story to all who are to come. [A]
Who is like You? Your righteousness reaches to the heavens.
You have shown us great troubles and adversities;
But You will restore our life, and bring us up from the deep.
You strengthen us more and more; You enfold and comfort us.
Therefore, we will praise You, O Holy One.
Our lips will sing with joy, and so will the souls You have redeemed.
Our tongues shall proclaim Your greatness all the day long. [A]
72. Grant Your justice and righteousness to Your Chosen One.
May the One You have chosen rule Your people in righteousness and justice.
May He defend the needy, rescue the poor, and preserve the oppressed;
And live as long as the sun and the moon, from one generation to another.
May He come down like showers that water the earth.
May there be an abundance of peace in His time.
And may He rule from sea to sea, and may His foes bow down before him. [A]
For He will deliver those who cry out distress, the oppressed who have no helper.
He shall have pity on the lowly and the poor; preserving the lives of the needy.
Long may He live! and may prayer be made for Him always.
May His name remain forever, established as long as the sun endures.
Blessed be Your Name, for You alone do such wondrous deeds.
Blessed be Your Name forever; may the earth be filled with Your glory. [A]
You cannot serve two masters.
One cannot ride two horses at the same time,
or bend two bows at the same time.
And one cannot be the servant of two masters
at the same time.
You will love the one and hate the other,
or you will hate the one and love the other.
A kingdom divided is a kingdom defeated,
A household divided is a household destroyed,
A heart divided is a heart in darkness.
This is the way of the kingdom–
The kingdom can divide the household even:
three against two and two against three,
mother against daughter
and father against son.
To accept the kingdom
is to reject your mother and father
and to reject your brother and sister.
No one who cares more for their family
than they do for me
is worthy of the kingdom.
But those who would give up their family
for the sake of the kingdom
will not be denied the reward of the faithful.
If you have ears, then hear:
You cannot serve two masters at the same time.
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.]