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 Emmanuel from the Gospel According to John]
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
It was through the Word that all things came to be.
Nothing was created without it,
all that has come to be is alive with its life.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and full of truth.
The Light Absolute was then in the world,
the Light to enlighten all people.
But when the Light came into the world,
the world did not recognize him,
even though it owed its very being to him.
Even those to whom the Light was given
did not know who he was.
But to all who would receive him, he gave the power
to become the children of Light,
the very daughters and sons of God.
That Light is the light of the world and it still shines in the darkness,
and the darkness will never overcome it. [A]
Blessed are the ones
who have worked hard to find life,
and have found it.
Blessed are the ones who hear the word of the Lord,
and truly keep it.
Blessed are the ones who have not seen Me,
and yet still believed. [A]
90. You have been our refuge, from one generation to another.
Before the mountains stood or the land was born, from age to age, You are God.
A thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday;
And they pass like a watch in the night.
We are swept away as in a dream; we fade suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green and flourishing, and in the evening, it is gone.
The sum of our years is but labor and sorrow;
They pass too quickly and we are gone. [A]
Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Be gracious to Your servants; satisfy us in Your loving kindness;
So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Make us glad by the measure of our days, days in which we suffer adversity.
Show Your works to Your servants, and Your splendor to our children.
May Your grace be upon us to prosper the works of our hands. [A]
91. Those who dwell with You, abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
We shall say that You are our refuge, our God in whom we trust.
And You will deliver us from the snare of the hunter and from pestilence.
You will cover us with Your wings; Your faithfulness will be our shield.
We shall not be afraid of terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day.
We shall not fear plague in the darkness, nor the sickness that lays waste at noon.
Because we have made You our dwelling, no evil shall come to us. [A]
You will give Your angels charge over us, and keep us in all our ways.
Angels will bear us up, lest we dash our feet against a stone.
Because we are bound to You in love, You will deliver us.
We will call upon You and You will answer; You will be with us in our trouble.
With long life will You satisfy us, and show us Your salvation. [A]
92. It is good to give thanks to You, to sing praises to Your Name.
It is good to tell of Your love in the morning,
and Your faithfulness at the close of the day.
You have made us glad; we shout for joy at the work of Your hands.
How great are Your works, and how deep are Your thoughts.
You make the faithful flourish like the palm tree;
those who are planted in Your house shall flourish in Your courts.
They shall still bear fruit in their old age, that they may show Your love.
You are our rock, in Whom there is no fault. [A]
Bear fruit that is worthy of your repentance.
It is by the fruit of the tree
that you know a good tree from a bad tree.
A good tree does not produce bad fruit
and a bad tree does not produce good fruit.
Grapes cannot be picked from briars,
or figs from thistles.
Good people produce good out of
the abundance of their hearts,
just as bad people produce bad
out of the abundance of their hearts.
The mouth always speaks
out of the abundance of the heart,
and how can anyone’s words be good,
if their heart is evil?
This is the way of the kingdom–
A farmer planted wheat in his fields.
In the night, an enemy came
and planted weeds among the wheat.
When the wheat began to grow,
the workers saw the weeds and went to tell their master.
They offered to go through the fields
and pull up the weeds,
but the master said not to bother.
He knew that when the harvest came
the workers would know the good from the bad.
Then the bad could be thrown away
and the good could be gathered into the barn.
I am appointing you to bear good fruit,
fruit that will last.
Those who dwell in me
as I dwell in them
will bear much good fruit.
The glory of the One Who made us is this:
That you bear fruit that is worthy
of your repentance.
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.]